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New to Polaris snowmobiles and just picked up a 2000 rmk 600 with 1,700 miles. Wondering if anyone can give me any pointers on any known flaws, etc.. with the 600 engine. What should the compression be on these? I will check and compare to see if any top end maintenance is in order. How many miles are people getting out of these sleds before any major overhauls? Any other nuances?
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with that low miles you should get a couple years trouble free. but the water pumps are known to go out, replacing the belt every couple thousand will help. oil pump is linked to the water pump pretty cheasily so those are known to go out too and usually pump full rich. And if it has the kehien carbs, those eventually wear out too, where the pin slides through the float towers.
other than that their pretty bulletproof, lol. 600 should last longer than a 700 from less vibration imo.
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Cylinders have a compression relief hole in them so you're not going to get real high readings. I ran 42 pilots in mine and it cleaned up the bottom end nicely.
I had 12500 miles on two of them when I sold them. I expect they are still going strong. All I did to them other than regular maintenance on clutches etc. was to replace the pistons at 7500 miles. As mentioned check the water pump belt once in a while. sled_guy on this forum had brought in some kevlar reinforced water pump belts made by Gates about five years ago and they were great. I don't know part numbers.
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I had a 99 it was a great sled.
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Thanks guys for the advice. Now I know what to keep an eye on. Sounds like it should be a good sled.
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$hitcan the ACCS. Vent everything like an XC. You can buy the same year airbox top to eliminate the ACCS Hole.

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Run 2 sizes leaner for mains that what Polaris recommends for an XC 600 for your elevation.

run it @ 8200 on the tach as they usually read high.
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Probably one of the more reliable machines. Will have to pay more attention to chassis maint and repair than the engine IMO.
Also keep a spare coolant temp sensor. Think they are the same as the 800s in that if they crap out, sled won't run and can short circuit it with out a resistor.
Cheap insurance to have a spare. Since I towed my 01 800 1 fall, I carried a spare for years but never needed it lol.
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