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Old 05-09-2011, 06:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question What year is my sled?

I know this is a strange question because it should be easy to find out but here's the deal. I purchased a sled a few months back that was listed on craigslist as a 2000. When I looked at the registration it says a 1999 Polaris XC 700 SP. So I thought ok it must be a 1999, no biggie. Well then I got looking around on the net and it seems that all '99 XCSP's have either a white cowl or a black one and mine has a red. Also mine has the Polaris 45th anniversary decals on the cowl. Now I understand that it's as simple as somebody could of swapped cowls but there's more to it. The seat on mine is also a newer seat where the brake light is only in the back of the seat and doesn't rap around. All the other 1999's I see have the brake light that wraps around the seat.

I looked at the tunnel on the sled where the VIN# is and it's says the sled was manufactured on 4/99. Now I know with auto's the model year is always a year newer than the actual year. Also being that it was a 4/99 sled is it possible that it was an early snow check sled that is actually a 2000?

The only reason I care so much about clearing this up is because when I go to order parts and stuff I want to make sure I'm ordering for the correct year. Like right now I need to buy a clutch puller but there are two different models for the 99's and 2000's.

If anyone has any sure way I can tell what year my sled is I'd appreciate the help.

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Old 05-09-2011, 07:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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the black 99 XCSP got the 2-piece tank, racer seat and no wraparound taillight.
the regular 99 xc has the white hood + 1-piece seat tank with the wraparound taillight.

Usually, 00 models has a build date in 99.
Is the seat black/red?
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Old 05-09-2011, 07:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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its problably a 2000 polaris had a couple different sleds that all look the same with minor differences does your sled look like this
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Sounds like a 2000.pics
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its problably a 2000 polaris had a couple different sleds that all look the same with minor differences does your sled look like this
Thats a xc there is aslo an xc sp
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or this?
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ya but he said somethin about 45th anniversary decals though. the first pic is the 45th anniversary
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there was a couple sleds that were "45th anniversary specials" but I think most all 00's got that round anniversary sticker. At least my 00 XCR800 got it
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well ya because the 45th was a special edition that there was only so many made and the 45th was a speacial graphix sled
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I'm gett'in old, memory fading! (oh look, a chicken! maybe some a.d.d. in there too?) Correct me if i'm off a few years, but weren't 99's the old "wedge" style, and all the 2000's the newer "Gen 2" style like the pics? Or did Poolaris do the usual "limited build" junk and make some 700's in the Gen 2 bodywork for the 99 season? I remember they came out with a late season release power-valve motor in the wedge chassis but think that was '98. See what I mean? I can remember the dry weight of a '78 Yamaha Exciter, but anything past 1990 is gett'in pretty "muddy"
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