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    Post Polaris PWC model overview and caveats

    Lurking in these forums recently, I have been impressed with how helpful and courteous the members are to each other.

    I have been riding a friend's 1997 Polaris SL900 and '92 SL650, and am now thinking about buying two or three Polaris of my own.

    I have not been part of the watercraft scene in the past, so I have not accumulated the information over time. I know Polaris exited the PWC business circa 2003-2004, so support and parts can be a challenge, and that there are some independant companies covering a fair range of needs.

    I have been having trouble getting a decent mental picture of the various Polaris models produced over the years, how they relate to each other, and which models are seen as being overall better choices, vs. those that may be more troublesome, or just less well turned out.

    I have come across many snippets regarding certain Polaris models, in various model years, and how they might compare to the previous year, or another model from the same year.

    Is there a place where this is all laid out?
    How the Polaris model codes translate to rider capacity, performance, how the line-up evolved over time, what are the important model years for overall advancements (hull design, engine design, carburation vs. injection, etc).

    I appologise if this is already posted somewhere, but I have yet to find a concise mapping of all the models Polaris produced over the years, and more importantly, how they compare to each other.

    When surveying the used marketplace, I am trying to compare multiple models from multiple model years, at often wildly varying prices. Add condition and modifications, and it is hard to figure what is a good choice for me, and what is not, and what is a fair price for a given model/year.

    I think I am looking for a 3 seater, and a two seater, both for large lakes and some river and channel use. Pulling tubes and waterski would be the 3 seater, plus general cruising and playing about. 2 seater would also be cruising and playing.

    Max speed is not really important, about 55mph GPS or better would be sufficient. Exhaust should not be excessively loud, just to keep the lake neighbors happy.

    I am looking for reliable operation, stablility on the water (at both low and high speeds), ablity to handle medium chop, cruising range, and decent throttle control in the mid-range (not just on-off power). I like the servicability of the carbourated two strokes, but don't know if injected or four strokes are also reasonable to maintain.

    Thanks in advance.

    Keith


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    Keith Welcome to the hulk.
    Some info here.
    http://www.greenhulk.net/forums/showthread.php?t=15562
    Browse the tech section there is a lot of info in there.

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    Smile Thanks. I do appreciate the welcome.

    Quote Originally Posted by beerdart View Post
    Keith Welcome to the hulk.
    Some info here.
    http://www.greenhulk.net/forums/showthread.php?t=15562
    Browse the tech section there is a lot of info in there.
    I have been reading through the material, and it is helpful. But it doesn't present the overall Polaris PWC picture, which is what I am trying to assemble for myself.

    For example, I don't know what the important differences are between an SLTX, an SLT 1050 and a Virage (Virage TX?), or how these models evolved from year to year.

    Some of the members here seem to know the entire Polaris product line, right from the early years up to the last, and many details on each model in the yearly lineup, and how they compare and differ. While I am not trying to replicate that in-depth knowledge, I would like to be able to know how the various models map out, their strong or weak points, and what years were good for a given model.

    I am looking to use the machines in roughly stock form, or at least in the configuration I get them in. Eventually I may get into improvements, but I would like to select models and years that are at least a solid basis to start from, rather than buy machines that must be changed before they will work well for me.

    So far, I have figured out that the Pro models are not what I am looking for. I also know I do want the MFD, some type of sponsons (factory or aftermarket?), and a fairly large fuel tank, which the early 1990's models seem to not have.

    SL = Sea Lion, and 'T' in the model code means 3 seater.
    'X' means a more powerful engine than the non-'X' model.
    Does 'H' mean a single seat model?
    Did Polaris maintain a consistent naming scheme, or did they jumble the model codes around as the years went by?

    Any info that would help me would be most appreciated.

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    welcome to the forum Keith

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    Question Polaris Fuel Injection - Reliability? Caveats?

    What models and years did Polaris offer Fuel Injection?

    Is Polaris fuel injection considered reliable?
    Are there servicing or maintenance issues with Polaris fuel injection?

    How does fuel injection affect cruise range (aka fuel economy)?
    I would expect the range to improve, but by roughly how much compared to a carb model?

    I am located in Toronto, so the craft will be stored over winter, probably in a non-heated area.

    Thanks.

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    Lots of good photos and info.

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    Took me a while to find this at the other site. Not sure if it's already posted here, but is some good info. Appears to be accurate....posted by Al a couple years ago

    Engine Model Year Stock Carb.
    650 SL 92 Triple BN 38/34
    SL 93 Triple BN 38/34
    SL 94-95 Triple BN 38/34

    700 SL 96 Dual Keihin 38/32
    SL 97 Single Keihin 40/32
    SL-Dlx 97 Dual Keihin 38/32
    SLH 98 Dual Keihin 38/33
    SLH 99-00 Dual Keihin 40/35
    SLH 01 Single Keihin 40/35
    SLT 96 Dual Keihin 38/32
    SLT 97 Dual Keihin 38/32
    SLTH 98-99 Dual Keihin 38/33
    Hurricane 96-97 Dual Keihin 38/34
    Virage 00-03 Single Keihin 40/35
    Freedom 02-03 Single Keihin 40/35

    750 SL 93 Triple BN 38/34
    SL 94-95 Triple BN 38/34
    SLT 94-95 Triple BN 38/34

    780 SL 96-97 Triple BN 38/34
    SLT 96-97 Triple BN 38/34
    SLX 95-96 Triple BN 38/34
    Virage-i 02-03 Direct Fuel Inj.
    Octane 02-03 Dual Keihin40/35

    785 SLX-Pro 97-01 Triple BN 44/40

    900 SL 96-97 Triple Keihin 38/32

    1050 SL 97 Triple Keihin 40/34
    SLTX 96-97 Triple Keihin 38/32
    SLTX 98-99 Triple Keihin 40/35
    SLX 99 Triple Keihin 40/35
    SLXH 98 Triple Keihin
    40/35

    1200 SLX 00-01 Triple Keihin 40/35
    PRO 00-01 Triple Keihin 40/35
    Genesis FFI 99-01 Ficht Fuel Inj.
    Genesis 00-02 Triple Keihin 40/35
    Genesis-i 02-03 Direct Fuel Inj.
    Virage TX 00-02 Triple Keihin 40/35
    Virage TX-i 01-02 Ficht Fuel Inj.
    MSX140 03 Ficht Fuel Inj.

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    what do I have?

    Been reading and reading and reading now I am confused, which I do get easily. I was told my ski is a 97 (no title yet). When i look at my vin i see this PLE38188f696 does the 96 mean the year? When i look under the hood i found a sticker that says slt deck. Motor has 1050 on top of it. I cant find a slt 1050 and the slt's i find are 700's. Can someone point me in the right direction?

    Engine number is wc105-tcsp-01

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    Quote Originally Posted by StLRivRat View Post
    Been reading and reading and reading now I am confused, which I do get easily. I was told my ski is a 97 (no title yet). When i look at my vin i see this PLE38188f696 does the 96 mean the year? When i look under the hood i found a sticker that says slt deck. Motor has 1050 on top of it. I cant find a slt 1050 and the slt's i find are 700's. Can someone point me in the right direction?

    Engine number is wc105-tcsp-01
    You have a 1996 SLTX Triple Keihin 38/32

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