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Found one for sale near me and from the little bit of research I did it sounds like the 97 XC 600 Twin was a limited build...anybody have any info on these sleds?

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I had a 98 xc600 what a great sled. I thought the xc700 had a early release in 97 with 220 jugs. That engine looks like a big block except for the head .
 

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Our guys raced a similar 97 xc 700, but it had the racer seat with the side pads on the sled not the standard indy seat on the xc600 in the picture above. The one piece head was the same though. I never saw a 97 xc 600.
 

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I've heard of a very limited run of 97 600 twins, the 700 was much more common.

Casting/part numbers on the jugs would be interesting
 

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I found a video walkaround of one on youtube.
It had the low racer seat and typical looking red head.It also had the gold fox shocks. Im thinking that sled is actually a 98 or some swapping has been done.
I think I just watched the same video and I’m thinking the same thing…White shocks and the wrong head..I bet it’s a 98👍🏼
 

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There was a mid-season '97 1/2 600 just like the 700, but the 600s were very rare. A friends dad actually has one. However, I'm going to question what I see in the pics based on what I've seen with the sled my friends dad has. There was supposedly a square-head 600, but the claim was those only got into the hands of a few racers. That head was allegedly red. The 600 I've seen has the "production" style 600 head, but used the hotter CDI like the limited build 700s did. It was much faster than the "production" 600 in '98. In addition, the CDI was mounted to the back of the engine case like the first year 700s did. Those early build sleds also had the "racer" style seat with side pads. The slide rails were also slightly different - had some different geometry in the rear scissor (same parts, different mounting location), so the handling was noticeably different. I really suspect the sled in the pics is a '98 chassis, maybe was a 600 that someone put a 700 top end on (will bolt on) or a 700 that someone put a 600 hood or a set of decals on. Nice looking sled - most of those are pretty beat up. If the engine really has the cylinders and head from a '97 or '97 1/2 700, those are pretty hard to find and are a strong running setup.
 

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Interestingly, the Babbits microfiche shows under the 1996 models, an 0971758 600 XC. The head is the same in the microfiche as the '98 production 600. Most telling, is the decals on the trailing arms don't say XC-10 like the production '98s and the '97 limited builds have the racer seat with side pads. The tunnel tag should tell the story with model number and build date. Like the gentlemen above have mentioned, she's probably a '98 XC 600 with a '97 700 engine or cylinders and head?

I bought one of these exact sleds in 2000 as an 18 yr old kid, still have her, with all kinds of stuff done to her, most significantly a '98 700 motor with 220 cylinders and Mikuni carbs.
 

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I have a walk around video of a real early release 97 700 i had on youtube if you search for it. Build date of January 96.
I heard they did have an early release 600 also but very few made. Nothing to back this claim up though.
 
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