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Old 12-21-2011, 06:18 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I been using ATF for 10 years, never a problem. Costs less, you can buy a 1 litre jug thats good for 2 or 3 chaincase oil changes.....
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Old 12-21-2011, 07:07 PM   #22 (permalink)
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I have used everything from 10w-30 to atf to mobil 1. they all work. but the best chaincase lube I have found is amsoil.I clean my chaincase every 1000 miles and with other lubes it seemed like I was always adjusting the chain. with amsoil I rarely have to touch it. this is one area that I like to run high quality oil because I hate walking home haha. my 01 600 xcsp has 20389 miles with no chaincase issues.
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Old 12-22-2011, 12:14 AM   #23 (permalink)
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I have used everything from 10w-30 to atf to mobil 1. they all work. but the best chaincase lube I have found is amsoil.I clean my chaincase every 1000 miles and with other lubes it seemed like I was always adjusting the chain. with amsoil I rarely have to touch it. this is one area that I like to run high quality oil because I hate walking home haha. my 01 600 xcsp has 20389 miles with no chaincase issues.
Holy Crap! That's BIG miles! There was a thread on here where guys posted their big miles but I can't find it? RON
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Old 12-22-2011, 01:00 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Tell us more of what you have replaced and what wears out at around 20,000 miles buddy. My old 2000 Edge 600, which is now my moms, has over 10,000 on it with the original motor. I replaced the track a couple years ago just because there was a sale on them. Original clutches, chaincase, chain, gears. However the hood, belly pan, seat have all been replaced because imperfections bother my father too much.
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Old 12-22-2011, 11:52 AM   #25 (permalink)
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I hear you but there must be more to it than marketing costs for their own hyvo fluid that all the sled manufactures recommend for their systems rather than aft.
I agree there must be something different. The one thing that stands out is the smell of the actual chain case oil. Its had the gear oil smell that im pretty sure comes form the EP additives. One thing I dont think ATF has. But im sure it much like any oil reccomended from a manufacturer. They pick a weight and a spec to meet and reccomend their own. If a guy can find a replacement to meet the spec then he is good to go. Problem is they dont tell you specs, or weight usually, so for the cost and how often we do it I usually just run Polaris SCL.
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Old 12-22-2011, 01:26 PM   #26 (permalink)
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I use the polaris scl oil or the gear oil for the cat hyvo systems. No issues with either. Just comes down to whos is cheaper at the time.
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Old 12-22-2011, 07:15 PM   #27 (permalink)
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I also use ATF all the time. Never had a problem. The guy who I have fixed sleds with uses ATF and has been for over 35 years with no chain case related problems directly related to the fluid. I was just there yesterday and asked him about it. He even said he uses motor oil sometimes but only in a pinch when there is nothing else. Obviously he changes it out asap but he said there was no ill effects after riding 500+ miles on a trip and had to use motor oil.
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Old 12-22-2011, 07:33 PM   #28 (permalink)
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Amsoil series 2000 chain case oil.
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Old 12-22-2011, 07:49 PM   #29 (permalink)
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the only thing that I did to the motor is replaced the exhaust valves at 13000 miles as a preventative measure as I have heard of them occationally breaking. I have also used up 2 sets of vforce3 reeds. other than that the motor is untouched. It runs perfect and has 12% leakdown and 132# of commpression at room temp. in 1000' runs its 1mph faster than my buddys 05 600 and his has only 3500 miles.so I think she still has some life left. I replaced the stock track at 4000 miles with a 1" and again at 10000 to a more aggresive ripsaw. none of them were hurt, I was just looking for better performance. Then the usual slides, wheel bearing and plugs. I also freshen up the clutches every 5000 miles or so. I service the shocks every year.
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Old 12-22-2011, 08:51 PM   #30 (permalink)
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^ You sir are my hero. I don't think I've ever heard of anyone with that many miles on their sled. There was a guy on snowmobilefanatics that had around 20,000+ on his 92ish XCR 440 with 1 perventative rebuild of pistons and rings.
Do you have a pic of the condition of your sled and odometer?
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