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I know that early XLTs were 580's, but were the later XLT's 600's?
What kind of shocks were on the XLT SP?
Is the only difference with the motors in the porting?

I just bought an old XCR, so now I want to learn all I can about those sleds.
 

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I believe '95 is the year when the motor was bumped up to 600.  My 95 XLT SP has fox rebuildable shocks, and the xtra-12 suspension... that is the diff between XLT and XLT SP
 

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XCR 600's had "agressive" porting, 38mm carbs, different timming curves, and a slightly shorter pipe for higher rpm (8500 vs 8000). Total peak power was only 3 HP more (96 vs 93), but the midrange was vastly different on the XCR.  Top speeds and acceleration  were much faster with the "high port" xcr package. The xlt special was designed more for the trail with it's long cushy xtra 12 suspention, and smaller 34mm carbs for better fuel economy. Your sled by todays standards is still pretty fast when in tune and is a blast to ride when the trail is smooth and curvey. Hope you like it.
 

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My uncle has a 1998 XLT limited and it's a 600. but doesn't have Fox shocks. it is a very fast sled. I ran it alot with a v max xt 600 and it was a fun race. they come alive with trip pipes. The earlier motors had oiling trouble also!
Caleb
 
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