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Old 12-07-2010, 10:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So who has rode both and can anybody help me with which way to go????

I currently ride a Yamaha Apex and excited to make the switch but not sure which one to go with.....I have a buddy that runs the 600 and it seems pretty strong. Most of the guys I ride with have Apex's.

Is the main gain of the 800 top end or more pull all over????

Thanks for any input!!!
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Old 12-07-2010, 10:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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So who has rode both and can anybody help me with which way to go????

I currently ride a Yamaha Apex and excited to make the switch but not sure which one to go with.....I have a buddy that runs the 600 and it seems pretty strong. Most of the guys I ride with have Apex's.

Is the main gain of the 800 top end or more pull all over????

Thanks for any input!!!

If you want crazy speeds and wheelie pullin power go with 800. If you want tremendous gas mileage and controlled power go with the 600.
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Old 12-07-2010, 01:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Superstinker is absolutely correct.
I owned a 09 Renegade 600 E-Tec and it had plenty of low end and got phenomenal fuel mileage on hard packed groomed trails. I rode a demo Adrenlaine 800 E-Tec last winter and along with the low end, it had more mid-range snap and top end than the 600. As far as fuel mileage goes, we'll have to wait and see because I won't make my first ride on my new 800 E-Tec Gade until New Years Day!
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the 800 has more pull all over for sure, like was said the 600 is the nicest sled ever built IMO, and will run with any sled in the bush but when on long straights are no match for an apex or an 800.
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Old 12-08-2010, 10:16 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I rode a buds 600 e-tec last year I had a nice set up RX1 I loved the e-tec so I ordered a 2011 800 put 60 miles on it yhesterday its great smooth and all out power I say if you want a sled that pulls hard to 100 get the 600 If your likre me and wants run down the lake sometimes get the 800 gas milage is the same if you ride the 800 at trail speed
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Old 12-08-2010, 11:18 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have yet to get my 2009 600 etec running properly after 1500miles and several trips to the dealer. Gas mileage is no better than my apex and i only get 500 miles per gallon of oil. I love how light it is but i bought it for the economy and the lightness doesn't make up for the poor oil consumption, mileage and lack of power (compared to the apex). I really miss the power of my apex so I would definitely go for the 800 and hope you get the numbers that Ski Doo advertises.
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Old 12-08-2010, 11:27 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I own both, a 2009 etec6 and a 2010.5 etec8. I think it comes down to wanting power or wanting sick power. The 600 pulls plenty hard, and is very light, I weight 250 and it is plenty of power, the 800 pulls hard but the difference between the two is not worth the extra $3,000, if I had it to do again I would have just bought another 600 etec. You will also more than likely have trouble finding an 800 etec.

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Old 12-14-2010, 11:10 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks for the info everybody.....I may have the Apex sold so it is time to start looking!!!
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I traded my 09 600 etec on a 11 800 etec and I can say that the two are night and day different. The 600 I had was lightly modded and I rode with an 08 Apex and he couldnt get away from me. When both sleds were not studded the 600 would holeshot the Apex but the Apex passed me around 75mph. The 800 etec is no comparision to the Apex IMO. I holeshot the Apex every time and keep pulling away. My 600 etec with the mods that were done was always a couple dollars cheaper to fill up than the Apex but being a 2 stroke, still needs oil. All that being said, I've never owned any sled but a SkiDoo but Im glad I went with the 800 etec over anything else.
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Old 01-10-2011, 01:58 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Had 7400 trouble-free miles on an 600 Etec and it is a gem of an engine. I ran it with a Bondi Box; Straightline pipe/can and V-force reeds. So--Fully "souped up" with bolt-ons. Buttery smooth.

Then I bought my 800 Etec and spent most of the break-in saying: "This may be faster but no more FUN.".....at least until yesterday when I finished break-in and messed with clickers so I hit EXACTLY 8000 RPMs--Oh and Billy Howard's very affordable clutch kit.

Sometime yesterday the engine pitch audibly changed (timing fully advanced/broken in?). WOW. 50-100 MPH in trails is truly hang-on tight acceleration. I also got 120 miles on a tank of fuel and could still hear fuel in the tank sloshing around.

If I mod it identically to the 600 Etec there is even more (proven) speed gains to be had. As is, I have never felt a SNOW machine pull this hard.
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