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    Is it worth it?

    Hello all. As a newbee to the site, I've gotta say this place is great...Here is my question.. I have a 1994 polaris sl650. I bought it from a polaris dealer in 1996, and myself and alot of friends enjoyed it for many years until the motor crapped out (a complete loss by now). Stupidly, I let it sit for a few years (work, family, kids so on..). Now I have the "itch" again. I found a complete used motor (same size & year) that seems to be very sound for around $500. Hull wise it is still in VG shape. Is it worth it to put the old Sea Lion back together?


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    Welcome to the Hulk. Indeed a great forum.
    Only you can answer your question. Thats a pretty outdated ski, but if you like it, and can put it together on the cheap, might be worth it. This coming from a guy who just put the better of $700 into my outdated 96 SLT. I could have put that towards something newer but the SLT has been good to me, rides two up well, and goes a long way on a tank of fuel. Plus it was worth nothing not running, and I already owned it. Everything is a compromise......

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    The Polaris underworld trikes again! assuming the new motor has good compression and no up and down play in the rods, I would rebuild your carbs and drop the motor in. let us know what you decide. Mike

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    that was my line of thought...just wanted to make sure I wasn't crazy.

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    I own a 94 sl650 as well and it has a ride to it that you just cant get anymore, there are no sponsons and when you turn it feel like your on ice more than water and you "drift" or "slide" around corners, I think it's fun and there are not too many ski's out there that give you that "on ice" feeling

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    Welcome

    Since you have the 1994 model, you have the best version of the SL 650. Of course, it is also a 1994 model, so whether it is worth your while to resuscitate it is up to you.

    Another member on here is currently working on a similar machine;
    1993 SL650 Engine Rebuild - Could use help in here

    If you decide to go ahead, you may find these pages interesting;
    Polaris Fuji (blue) engine

    I just bought a Polaris PWC - what should I do?

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    Welcome to the Hulk.

    If you find the replacement engine to be a good runner, $500 to get it back up and running would be a good deal.

    BUT, that really depends on that engine, and what else is needed.

    For a couple hundered dollars more, you may be able to drop in a 750 or 780 engine with a few minor changes. And that will give you more power and top speed.

    You can part out what's left of your good parts to recoupe some of the cost.

    Just a thought.

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    ...Bit the bullet and bought the motor this morning. The shop said that they will stand behind this motor and that it runs good. I've got all winter to put it back together. I guess next step is to check the reeds, rebuild the carbs and upgrade the fuel system.
    What is the best tripple output fuel pump to get?
    Should I go premix and install the oil pump bypass plate?
    Where is the best place to buy all new intake gaskets?

    Thanks for all the advise..I'll keep you posted on the progress

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    Replace all the fuel lines, and oil lines, and keep the 1995 variable rate oil injection. Use good quality clamps, and replace the oil filter.

    The oil pumps tend to be reliable, and the whole oil system works well, as long as you maintain it.

    John Zigler is to go to guy for the triple outlet Fuji fuel pump.

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    What is a "triple outlet fuel pump" and why is it needed?

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