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    How reliable are the 600 sdi sleds

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    How reliable are the 600 sdi sleds
    Posted by bobbyg on Sunday, January 22, 2006 3:54 PM
    How are they as in reliable, and what sleds do they run against. Do they get as good milage as they say? Thanx, I am thinkin of getting rid of my edges for a sdi
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    • From: Southern Wisconsin
    Posted by SNOCAT on Tuesday, January 24, 2006 7:57 PM
    Mine has 3400 miles on it and has been completely reliable.  Gas mileage from 16.5 to 19.9 mpg..  I rode the Yamana Apex ER on the way back from Northern Wisconsing last Sunday when Yamaha was doing their demo thing.  I was fully expecting to love the Apex and found I like my GSX with SDI a lot more.  Sorta saved me a lot of money as I am no longer interest in the Apex now.  Very happy to keep my GSX 600 SDI..  The Apex was most likely more powerful but sure didn't give me the good tummy feel I get when I open up the GSX.
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    Posted by bobbyg on Thursday, January 26, 2006 4:10 PM
    I drove one 06 sdi 600x,  it's the first time I rode a rev. What is up, when you let off the gas it slows down real fast, it feels like I am going over the windshield.
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    • From: Southern Wisconsin
    Posted by SNOCAT on Thursday, January 26, 2006 8:42 PM
    I have never experienced that but the 4 strokes are like putting the brake on when you back off the trottle.  Are you sure you didn't put the brake on when you backed off the gas?
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    Posted by bobbyg on Friday, January 27, 2006 3:27 PM
    Ya, I drove another one today, same thing, it slows down real fast when you get off the gas
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    Posted by Dynofun on Sunday, January 29, 2006 6:34 PM
    A guy I work with bought his wife one and she made it all of about 25 miles and it was toast.  One new engine later and I guess it runs well.  I have read or seen similar instances in many posts.
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    Posted by Anonymous on Monday, January 30, 2006 10:30 PM
    own one.....one of the MOST reliable sleds on the market....bullet proof.  Very impressive out of the box.....and when u left off the gas and it feels like the brakes are on that's a good thing, u use less brakes.  Also it just means that its downshifting....and quick clutch adjustment will solve that problem instantly.....but a trail rider will like that stock effect.  And as far as speed...the 600 H.O. sdi, your looking to run with most stock f7's....that area.
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    Posted by vtindy on Wednesday, February 08, 2006 4:06 PM
    Your kidding wright run with stock f7 Not the 600sdi that i have rode
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    Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, February 09, 2006 10:16 AM

    2004 sdi 600 w/3600 miles with a couple of updates done including the rings.  Starts on 2 pulls everytime and runs like a champ.  I blow a belt every 1000 miles due to the fact that I kept the outside cover on the cluth gaurd intact.  I will have to open it up or drill out the rivets this summer.  I also ride an 04 f-7 and have had every cat from the ZR900 to the 292 lynx  since 1979.  I love the speed of the cat but am leaning towards buying another 600sdi but in the Renagade and X package for my next sled.  You can not beet the ride of the rev. 

     

    If an f-7 is getting beat by a 600 rev then something is wrong with the f-7 or the rev is supertuned.  I have hit 110 on the digital on the icy road with the rev which is very good in my opionion for a 600.  MPG have done as well as 18 and as poor as11 in wet deep snow conditions. 

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    Posted by Anonymous on Friday, February 10, 2006 10:54 AM
    I own a 04 sdi mxzx love the sled but I never got a full season on a engine 4th engine 5900mi all dealer  installed new engines, my buddys bought mxzx 800's 06 both have gone through engines around 2500mi.  Sled is great motors are JUNK, as sad as sounds I'll buy another one.
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    Posted by Dynofun on Friday, February 10, 2006 10:21 PM
    Boy that's sad...
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    • From: Southern Wisconsin
    Posted by SNOCAT on Friday, February 10, 2006 10:39 PM
    Ski-cat, please explain how you got a digital speedometer on your 600 rev.  I didn't know they offered one.  I have never blown a  belt on mine but I did change it at 1800 miles as a precaution.  My clutch cover is stock.   I don't baby it either.  I have never been passed on a curvy or wooded trail unless I wanted to be.  On a lake that is different.  I don't go over 80-85.  You must have a bad one.  I am curious about the digital speedometer though. 
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    • From: Southern Wisconsin
    Posted by SNOCAT on Friday, February 10, 2006 10:47 PM

    sdi :  Please explain where you get all the money to keep putting new engines in like that.  Did BRP cover them under warranty.  Mine has 3500 on it and no problems at all.  Even accidently ran it at 172:1gas to oil for 77 miles when I was adjusting my oil pump and not a hiccup.  Right now down to 66:1 and turned it down again.  No hiccup.  My '01 Cat ZL with 600 had so many power valve problems that I finally gave up on them and went to Doo.  Its like heaven.  No problems.  Go on Hard core sledder forum and Rob the head  man and his friend Bill each have over 12,000 miles on their 600's Doo engines.  Rob's is SDI.  No problems.  Its too bad you keep getting bad one.

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    • From: Rhinelander,WI
    Posted by gofast900 on Saturday, February 11, 2006 11:51 PM

    Hey SNOCAT my wife wants too ride a renagade. Too switch brands, how is your Rev, looking for some info on them.Going too see if our local dealer has one to try or may have to rent one. Let me know about yours.

     Thanks gofast900

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    • From: Southern Wisconsin
    Posted by SNOCAT on Sunday, February 12, 2006 12:40 PM
    Gofast900,  It was not hard at all for me.  Never had a problem with knees like some people claimed.  I think that would happen if you try to stand up all the time.  I don't.  Only when bumps are really bad.  You will find that on small bumbs the faster you go with the REV chassis the more they disappear.  My wife has the old chassis Grand Touring and she switches with me some times on long rides when her back starts getting sore.  On the REV chassis your back does not get as sore as fast because you are not hunched over.  You sit more upright and the chassis makes standing come natural on big bumps, sorta like getting bucked upwards a little so your back doesn't take a blow.  Hope this helps.
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    Posted by Anonymous on Monday, February 13, 2006 8:49 AM

     SNOCAT wrote:
    Ski-cat, please explain how you got a digital speedometer on your 600 rev.  I didn't know they offered one.  I have never blown a  belt on mine but I did change it at 1800 miles as a precaution.  My clutch cover is stock.   I don't baby it either.  I have never been passed on a curvy or wooded trail unless I wanted to be.  On a lake that is different.  I don't go over 80-85.  You must have a bad one.  I am curious about the digital speedometer though. 

    Snocat,

    I can not believe that you have rode your sled for over 1800 miles and never looked at your digital readout that gives you your trip,hrs, total miles.....When going over 55 mph it changes to a digital speedometer.  Are you sure you did not mean to say you don't go over 55??? 

    Everyone is passable....Even Blair Morgan from time to time gets taken..... 

    I do not have a "bad one" the majority of the other Revs I ride with have a "bad one" as well because they have the same issue. 

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    • From: Southern Wisconsin
    Posted by SNOCAT on Friday, February 17, 2006 7:54 PM

    My 2004 GSX 600 SDI LTD 1+1 speedometer does not switch to digital if that is what you are referring to.  If that is what you meant by digital I understand.  I had heard some models do but not sure which ones.  Mine does not and the other '04 like mine do not.  If you don't believe me check it out with your dealer.  I'm not going to argue over what mine does and yours does.  Of course anyone can be passed that was not my point even though I don't get passed when I'm on the throttle.  I drive over 80 every time I go out riding but usually only briefly.  Also I don't know of anyone personally having issues with their SDI's.  These things get blown way out of proportion on the internet because the ones who have problems are the ones who yell the most.

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    Posted by Anonymous on Monday, February 20, 2006 8:47 AM

    I have rode 5 different revs and they all were the same with the speedo.  3-04 sdi 600, 2 800X.....  Now you have got me curious...  I will check with my dealer just to make sure I have it on my next sled if it is an option.  No argueing inteded...Just got back from another trip to the U.P.   Even got stuck a couple of times in 4ft of snow in the woods.  My wife rode the sdi and got 16 mpg the first day and 18 on the second having to be easy on the throdle on the trail towards Cederville.   2000 miles this year between the f-7 and 600 sdi truble free - a blown belt on the rev....  Knocks on wood.... 

    Best riding of the year right now in the U.P.

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    • From: Southern Wisconsin
    Posted by SNOCAT on Monday, February 20, 2006 8:54 AM

    I heard the snow conditions are great up there.  I have been trucking to Northern Wisconsin every 2 weeks.  Have had good conditions each time.  Glad to hear you got some serious riding in.  I couldn't go this weekend because my nephew got married.  They did open our trails down here in Southern Wisconsin but they are very poor to poor.  I took the day off to ride today before its gone but lots of bare spots and plowed fields.  Really make you appreciate the great trails up North.  Have a good season ski-cat..

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    Posted by jasper on Monday, February 20, 2006 10:33 AM
    My 04 600 SDI was bulletproof till it reached about 6000 miles, recently had the rings replaced and other maintenance done, just sold it a couple weeks ago. Really can't complain much about the sled, great fuel economy, and ride. Just wasn't as much a fun sled to play with as what I now have.
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    Posted by Anonymous on Monday, February 20, 2006 10:49 AM
    Thanks Snocat...Have a good season as well and make the time to go north....you never know how long it will stay.....
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    Posted by Anonymous on Monday, February 20, 2006 11:12 AM

    What did you get $$$ out of your sled since I have one with 4K miles on it and what did you upgrade it with?  If you do not mind me asking..

     I am thinking of buying a 600 sdi renagade X for my next one or seeing what comes out new from cat in the 4-stroke....possibly a Yamaha Apex.??? I have heard of quite a few 800 Power Tecs squeeking a piston and the Mach is a bit of a pig in the trail ...simular to my old ZR900. 

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    • From: Southern Wisconsin
    Posted by SNOCAT on Monday, February 20, 2006 6:49 PM

    What did you get to replace you 600 SDI ?

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    Posted by rzkid on Wednesday, February 22, 2006 8:23 AM
    Interesting thread. I've been thinking it is time to "upgrade"  my 98 & 99 670 MXZ's, but I have a gut feeling that these series III engines are not even in the same ballpark as the "old" rotory valve ones. I've got 8000 miles on 'em, with new top ends at 5000 and a crank brg at 7000. 15 mpg isn't too bad either. IF Skidoo could drop the "old" engine in a new frame, I'd jump on it!
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    • From: Southern Wisconsin
    Posted by SNOCAT on Wednesday, February 22, 2006 7:30 PM

    On Hardcore sledder website a friend of Rob's named Bill has put over 13,000 miles on his '04 600 REV engine without any serious problems.  I think Rob has over 10,000 on his SDI. .

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    Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, February 28, 2006 11:56 AM
    I blew mine up going accross a lake wide open.  2005 600 SDI Renegade.  Totally stock, no mods, premium fuel, small amount of isopropyl in the gas (which I always do religiously when real cold).  The sled used lots of oil so that wasnt an issue.  Dealer could not find a problem, but one piston burned bad and the other one was starting.!!!   I didnt' think you could do this to a 600 SDI but apparently you can.  I have burned my share of pistons on carbed sleds mostly my fault being too lean etc. but never thought this would happen to me.
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    Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, March 01, 2006 2:53 PM
    Were you running the b8ecs plugs???  I thought they were suppose to drop spark before allowing you to burn down??  Just wondering.
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    Posted by wwracer on Monday, July 21, 2008 1:13 AM

    600ski is the most reliable snomobile you will ever have because i have one and it never broke down

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    Posted by Jordy on Tuesday, December 22, 2009 3:02 PM

    I have an o6 sdi it has 4000 miles no prolblem. I ride hard with my buddys that have apexs. we ride alot of feild country its wide open from stop sing to stop sing.

    tag
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    Posted by tag on Friday, December 25, 2009 2:54 PM

    all ski doo electronic speedos from 03-07 switch to digital speed after 55 mph

    as for the topic at hand

    if you want fuel milage go with the sdi if you want reliability go with carbs

    every sdi I've had 600 and 1000 have had piston, crank, and stator problems

    never had any trouble with the carb versions

    sucking snow into 99 500 does not count as that was never the issue with sdi's as to why they went down

    600 sdi 3 times over 3600 miles one time there was only 300 miles between piston jobs

    02 600 carb 9300 miles no problems and that sled was better on fuel than the sdi

    04 600 carb no engine trouble but it liked its fuel

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