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What is the hp and top spd difference between a 97zrt and a 98xc? Both sleds are stock with low miles. Which one runs better with mods? Looking to buy either one. Thanks.[:p]
 

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the xc700 is a better trail sled, and is faster than the zrt. it handles soo much better there is no comparison between these two sleds.
 

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Agreed, plus the xc700 will require alot less maitnence and money in the long run.
 

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Looks like my thoughts arn't needed lol..XC is better forsure.
 

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Also I'd change the name of the topic to "which to buy, xc700 or zrt600?" Because you will get alot more replies because people are thinking this is a raceing "this vs that" topic and probly not reading it because of that.
 

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I would say you should go with the XC.
 

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XC 4 sure!!!! And i like cats more!!!! Whats the point of a triple 600??? when u can have a lighter twin 700!
 

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XC 700 what a rocket need I say more
 

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I wasn't going to comment because I have a 98 XC600 but here goes anyway. The 98 XCs are one of the best sled of their day, go for it. I like mine.
 

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Originally posted by Achotrod
[br]XC 4 sure!!!! And i like cats more!!!! Whats the point of a triple 600??? when u can have a lighter twin 700!
How about 125 hp and the long legs of a triple.. What are the weights of the two sleds? Do you know?
You cannot compare a twin vs. tripple.. they are two totally different animals.



Seriously polarispat.. Your asking this question on a forum that is like 90% polaris die hards. What answer do you think your going to get? If you want to know how fast other owners get with their 97 ZRT check out what they have to say. As far as I know there are no 97 zrt's on SF except for me. So your not going to get a non biased answer. I have never ridden the polaris, so I can't comment. But what I can tell you is I love my ZRT's.. and I have beat more then a handfull of tripple 600 polaris's and a few polaris 700's with my set up.
Here is some reading material for you
http://www.hardcoresledder.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=184174&st=0

If I have owned both sleds, I could comment. But I havn't so I won't. Btw, I bet you nobody in this thread has owned both sleds and can pass honest judgement.

ok.. sorry... rant button off.
 

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I have owned a 96 ZRT and a 97 RMK which is basically a XC with a 136 track. The XC will handle and ride alot better and is lighter. Power is similar, XC will have more bottom end punch were the ZRT might have an advantage on the top end.
 

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dONT HAVE THE SPECS ON ME BUT IT THINK THE ZRT IS AROUND 525POUNDS AND THE XC AROUND 510LB.
 

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Originally posted by RMK-KING
[br]I have owned a 96 ZRT and a 97 RMK which is basically a XC with a 136 track. The XC will handle and ride alot better and is lighter. Power is similar, XC will have more bottom end punch were the ZRT might have an advantage on the top end.
I know you this already but he is talking a 97 zrt. The handling on the 97 will be alot differnt then the 96 due to the rear suspension. The 97 was the first year for ETT and the torque sensing link, that added like 4 inches of suspension I think.

Just for the heck of it.. here is a 96
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And here is a 97.. the difference in rear suspension is clear (the 97 is off the ground an inch but you can still see the diff)
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I was wrong on the year of the xc. It's a 99, and he wants $2200 obo. The motor has a recent rebuild and the sleds got 4400 miles on it. The zrt is mint with a new ripsaw track. 2600 miles. He wants 1700 firm. The zrt is tempting because of the condition and price. I posted here because I was afraid of too many biased opinions if I posted in either Polaris or Arctic Cat.
 

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^ your always going to get a polaris biased opinion on SF in my opinion no matter where you post the question. This forum is mainly polaris members as it's linked with polarisfiles and stuff.

Both of them sleds are different machines. Depends what you want to do with it and what areas you want it to accel in. I personally would rule the XC out because it has had its motor rebuilt. Who knows if it was done right or not.
 

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Originally posted by Achotrod
[br]dONT HAVE THE SPECS ON ME BUT IT THINK THE ZRT IS AROUND 525POUNDS AND THE XC AROUND 510LB.
I don't know what the ZRT weighs but the 98 XC700 was 485 lbs
 

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Originally posted by arcticcatmatt
[br]^ your always going to get a polaris biased opinion on SF in my opinion no matter where you post the question. This forum is mainly polaris members as it's linked with polarisfiles and stuff.

Both of them sleds are different machines. Depends what you want to do with it and what areas you want it to accel in. I personally would rule the XC out because it has had its motor rebuilt. Who knows if it was done right or not.

Well I ride a cat and I honestly think the xc700 is a better buy. I would not ride a triple but thats my opinion.
 

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^ well until you have a tripple and a twin sitting in the driveway then you really don't have an opinion. I own both. Owning a cat has nothing to do with it. I am not talking about you mackinsaw. Your allowed to have any opinion you want, but you should have a good foundation as to why you have the opinion that you do.

95% of the people in this thread are commenting and havn't owned either sled, or a triple.
Both sleds are a good value, both do different things better then the other. I personally couldn't touch the polaris because its been rebuilt. Who knows why it was done and if it was done right. So if I was forced to pick between them sleds, I would pick the ZRT as its unmolested and cheaper and still a great sled.

Also, picking what sled is best for him we would have to know what type of riding he does. Tight twisty woods, give me a twin. Woods with a long straight away's and/or lakes, give me the triple. And as my opinion already stated, that zrt cost less, is in great shape, low miles, new track, unmolested.. seems like a no brainer to me.. unless he is really against triples or has no use for one.
 

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I took a 97 ZRT with a 900 tripple that was totally beat out for a spin before I parted it out. I absoloutly loved it, even though it was beat the thing handled great.
 
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