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Old 10-09-2019, 05:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Classic 700 - Any issues out of the norm?

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Looking at a used 2003 Classic 700. Has right around 4500 miles. Other than a top end any thing to watch out for? Guy wants 1k for it. It has always been stored indoors and has been used just about every year. How do the crank bearings hold up on these? I had a 03 ZR900 awhile back and had that blow on me from lack of maintenance.
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Old 10-09-2019, 06:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Water pump belt is a must before you ride it.

The rest of the motor is pretty much bullet proof.
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I'd replace the speedo side driveshaft bearing if a classic model, for some reason they are even more prone to failure than the edge xc.
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When was the last time were the shocks maintained? Check the front shaft on the rear suspension. If the bolts both come out without spinning the shaft might be frozen in the arm. If it has the M10 make sure you have the right Allen wrench for the front suspension bolts. Polaris was very generous with the lock-tight. I put 15000 miles on a 700 edge and did nothing but normal maintenance on it. I wish sometimes I still had it
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$1,000 is a good deal for that sled. That's a $1,500-1,700 sled when the snow starts flying.

No concerns or special maintenance items that I can think of.
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Thanks for the info guys. I probably will pull the trigger on it. I know the seller personally and he's not a wrench turner. Has the basic maintenance done by other people. Just want to make sure I don't take it out then break down on the trails. I will inspect the things mentioned above and I think I will do a top end on it if the compression is down. Any good places online to snag a pdf service manual?
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I'd replace the speedo side driveshaft bearing if a classic model, for some reason they are even more prone to failure than the edge xc.
X2 on that. Been down that road. If the bearings are all original change out all the bearings since you have to pull the shaft for one. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
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X2 on that. Been down that road. If the bearings are all original change out all the bearings since you have to pull the shaft for one. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Those sleds are using the M10 skid, for some reason they have more of these bearings fail and earlier, especially if no one bother to grease them after evert long ride. The classic touring was real bad for this bearing.
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X2 on that. Been down that road. If the bearings are all original change out all the bearings since you have to pull the shaft for one. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Me, too. Lost an entire season one year from a bad jackshaft bearing. Much better to change them out while it's still almost warm than to do it in sub zero temps when I'd rather be riding.
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I had a bearing go out while doing 30 miles an hour and and it snapped the chain in the chain case. I had a friend that had a good chain, gear, and speedo cable for cheap and was back up and running in a few days and yes I replaced all the bearings. I was lucky also that it happened just as I was coming up on a road crossing so I wasn't stuck out in the middle of no wheres. Just had to wait for my riding buddy to go back for my vehicle and trailer. It was a cold wait.
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