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Just bought a 98 MXZ 583 w/2000 miles in mint shape. I'm curios if anyone out there has owned one, and what you liked/disliked about it?
 

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Skidoorider,
I had a 97 mxz 583 and loved it bought it new in 97 and put 20,000 miles on it
 with NO problems I only did routine maintance and ran non-synthetic oil. I saw the sled last winter and the new owner has not had any problems either.
All i can say is BULLETPROOF. Sorry i sold it  

               
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20,000 miles...wow! must snow year 'round there...wish i could log those kind of miles!!
 

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I had a '98 500 & the only thing I didn't like about it was it didn't have the unequal control arms up front. It had the same amount of inside ski lift as my F chassis MXZ 440 ('95 model) Other than that a good reliable sled.

One other thing the seat material was too sticky, anybody out there have any remedies? Would using a little bit of Armor All help? I know too much & you probably wouldn't stay on
 

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That 583 is solid and refined, but IMO it's a major dog.  It's so weak it makes a sled feel heavy.  There's a huge difference between even the 583 and 670.
 

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there is a 97 mxz 583 in my barn with 12000 miles on it completely wrench free except for idler bearings. it's my brother in-laws sled and he is just thinking about replacing the stud free track. rides it like he hates it and it is in diamond shape.
 

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</span><table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1"><tr><td>Quote (performancex @ Aug. 19, 2002, 12:02pm)</td></tr><tr><td id="QUOTE">That 583 is solid and refined, but IMO it's a major dog.  It's so weak it makes a sled feel heavy.  There's a huge difference between even the 583 and 670.[/b][/quote]
I must say that it is slightly underpowered. My old 00 MXZ500 would just walk all over my buddys 583.  
 

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Excellent Sled!  And no, they are not dogs.  If they are well maintained and clutched they run very good.  The biggest complaint about this sled is that it has a lot of inside ski lift.  To reduce ski lift and improve the ride buy an ETS SC10 kit and run the limiter strap as short as possible.  I am sure that you will be very pleased with this sled.  This may be the most bullet proof sled ever built.
 

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98's are NOTORIOUS for broken front (of the rear suspension) arms.  Check closely for cracks.  They went to a beefier arm the next year.  I snapped mine while vacationing in Canada, and the dealer I brought it to had sold 30 new arms that month.  Every single person I know who's ever owned a '98 SC10 has had to replace theirs.  Not a big job, cost about a hundred bucks.
 

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Thanks for the rear suspension advice. Luckily, I have an M-10 to install in this sled.      RB
 
 
 

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Excellent sled , I still have a 583 mxz race sled and nothing new in a 600 twin can pass it. I haven't seen many 600 triples that would pass it either and I'm talking modified. Stock a 700 triple won't catch it, so don't let anyone tell you 583's are slow.
 

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We had a drag race last year My 1998 500 Vs a 2000Mxz 500.  THe 2000 beat me by a fair distance everytime.  

My buddies stock 1997 formula 583 would walk the 2000 500 every race.

The 583 is the #1 most reliable, longest lasting engine in the industry, Its also a torque monster.

Take good care of it and it will take good care of you.
 
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