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Old 01-04-2020, 03:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My son and I went on our first ride Thursday, his first real ride and my first real ride in 20 years. We topped off the oil and fuel tanks on both sleds. At about 28 miles he stopped me and said he only had a 1/4 tank left. Mine was at 3/4 of a tank.

Not knowing exactly where the closest gas station was and not wanting to get stuck out in the dark with no cell service and towing a sled, we turned back to the hauler. When we got back, his was on empty, mine was about 1/2 tank.

Looking into both sleds tanks, the levels look to be similar. So, is there anyway to adjust the electric fuel gauge on an '01 600 Classic?

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Old 01-04-2020, 04:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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my experience with fuel gauges, they all suck. Even the new, fancy, digital ones. With the notable exception of the Pidd gauge on my 19 SBA which is actually usable.
Better to calculate fuel usage at fillups and ride by the odometer IMO
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Best gas gauge i ever had was on my old yamahas that used a fuel line coming from the bottom of the tank upwards in a shroud along side of it. You could actually watch the level of your fuel go down. I use to be able to tell when i had 5-10 miles worth of gas left. O only issue i ever had was i did a big jump with the sled, landed and broke off the plastic spigot causing a major fuel leak. Had to remove the tank and use a soldering iron to seal it.
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^ my brother had a 96 brp lynx with that type of gauge, much better than any bouncing needle, lol
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Bend the float in the fuel tank down. Test and adjust the bend till you get it close to right.
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Yup.^^^

Also, many people get the old style mechanical gas cap style. Measure depth to get correct length gauge.
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I've had those old mech. gas gauges poo uses break a couple times. Big pita to get the broken pieces out of the tank. Last one i ordered the original one right from polaris and got a cheap knock-off at the cost of the oem original, it didn't even have the glow in the dark painted needle....that didn't sit we'll with me.
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I have an electric gauge on my 2002 Classic Touring and a mechanical tank gauge on my wife's 2004 XC 500 SP.

Usually, they're not too far apart, but this is the way I look at it:

The gauge measures a line, but a fuel tank isn't linear.

Fuel tanks are much bigger at the bottom. If the gauge reads 1/2 tank, it means that the float has moved half way down its travel. However, the top half of the tank contains far less fuel than the bottom half. So, while it looks like you have half a tank there's actually a lot more fuel than that left.

That's why, when I get a new snowmobile (new to me), I always reset my trip meter at every fuel stop. After the first couple of fuel stops, I know what my average gas mileage is, and I calculate my range. I then use the trip meter as my "gas gauge".

The snowmobile's fuel gauge is still useful, because it should tell you generally how far down the fuel level is. It just doesn't tell you how much fuel is left.

This is basically what pilots do. One of my preflight checks (as a recreational pilot who rents planes) is to visually verify how much fuel is in each tank. I then calculate my range in hours, based on a fairly accurate estimate of usage. In flight, I double check that range against the fuel gauges to be sure I don't have anything unusual going on.
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There's something going on with my son's 600. It's going through almost twice as much fuel as my 700. Before our last ride we filled both sleds completely up with fuel. We rode about 60 miles. When we were done, my 700's gas gauge showed I had about a 1/2 tank of fuel. His 600 was on E.

We went riding again today. We stopped for fuel before heading out. His 600 took 10 gal. to fill completely up. My 700 took 5 gal. to completely fill up. We rode together and put the same miles on.

His 600 is running good, not going through spark plugs, doesn't seem to be running rich. We didn't notice any fuel leaks and can't smell raw fuel. We're at a loss.

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We went riding again today. We stopped for fuel before heading out. His 600 took 10 gal. to fill completely up. My 700 took 5 gal. to completely fill up. We rode together and put the same miles on.

His 600 is running good, not going through spark plugs, doesn't seem to be running rich. We didn't notice any fuel leaks and can't smell raw fuel. We're at a loss.

Thanks, NYH1.
Normally the 600 ves should do somewhere around 10-12 mpg trail riding.
But a friend had a new 02 xc600 that guzzled fuel like it was going out of style , ran just fine, like you describes. IIRC, the dealer put in new pistons in it after struggling with it for most of the season - that seemed to cure it.
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