I personally have a 1995 polaris XLT 600. This is a very good sled for its year. There are many diffrent mod's you can do to this sled. Also to be clear on Cranks for this sled you should not have a problem if you service regalarly. Here's a few things i've done to my sled.Your budget will easily get you an Edge chassis sled built from 2001 until recently. The newest Polaris sleds built are still using what amounts to the same rear skid. You've heard right about the 500s, but don't be a bit shy of the 600 engine either. They're a 500 on steroids. Rock solid, able to go the distance, same gas milage.[/b]
I have a 95 xlt 600... been a good sled to me... needs a top end rebuild before winter though...Thank you all for the replies. I bought it for $450. It seems to run fine starts easy enough, idles happily, the front end comes right off the ground the few grass drags I did. I think there is some play in the front end/front suspension however.[/b]
I ran mine at 9800 for 4000 miles with no crank issue's.....after I had one built.If it has 3500 miles on it chances are you won't have a bearing failure unless you mod it. I modded mine but only ran it at 8300 rpms, so I had a combination of increased power w/o spinning it to death. I'd love to find another one cheap like you did and then spin my sled to 9000 and see how long it lasts.
I kept up with all my buddies on newer sleds, but boy oh boy was I working ALOT harder than they were.[/b]