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    Buying another ski (virage)

    Well I was looking into buying another ski for this upcoming summer and came across this. He thinks its a 1999 or 2001 virage 750. Needs a stator and flywheel. I have a 95 slt 750 right now and used parts seem to be easy to get. Also there are alot of people that know how to wrench on the 95 slt. Is this the same for the virage? Are parts easy to find? How about knowledge? Here is a pic.........what do ya think
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    Click avatar for tech links/info, donation request K447's Avatar
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    It is a Virage, with red Polaris domestic 700cc twin cylinder engine.

    Made from 2000-2004. Model year is the last 2 digits of the HIN number on the rear deck.

    Reliable engine, very good fuel economy, about 95HP.

    Edit: Yours looks like a 2001 Virage



    Tip: Check for gray Tempo brand fuel lines.
    If present replace them all and rebuild/clean the carbs.

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    I was hoping you would chime in K447. How about parts availability? And how does it compare to the 95 slt I have now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gorey View Post
    ...How about parts availability?
    And how does it compare to the 95 slt I have now?
    Parts are not a problem, but not quite as cheap in some cases as the Fuji engines, mostly since the Fuji models are older, and more of them have been parted out.

    The Virage is an evolution of the SLTX hull, which is well liked.

    I have a Virage TXi, which is the same Virage hull with a 1200 engine. Stable, fast, easy handling. Not as lightweight as the earlier SL and SLT models, but still not bad.

    You will like the large fuel tank and long cruise range, especially with the 700cc engine. If/when you need to rebuild the engine, you have the option of upgrading it to the 777c size of the very similar Octane engine. Shoudl provide a little more power

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    Looks like a Y2K to me. Yours appears to have the decals of this 2000:



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    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
    ...Edit: Yours looks like a 2001 Virage

    Quote Originally Posted by CrazyA View Post
    Looks like a Y2K to me.
    Yours appears to have the decals of this 2000:
    Looks like CrazyA has a better eye than I do

    I will also vote for 2000 model year.

    Which I think means it almost definitely had the gray Tempo fuel hoses from the factory.

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    I have no complaints on the virage we have,,, very stable in chop, pulls well, everyone that rides it loves it

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    I'm kind of envious of the 700 engine.

    It's only a 2 cyl, so it's costs 33% less to repair/maintain. 2 pistons, 2 carb rebuild kits, twin crank, etc, VS. the triple cylinder prices.

    And it makes 95 HP. More than any stock 780.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xlint89 View Post
    I'm kind of envious of the 700 engine.

    It's only a 2 cyl, ...2 carb rebuild kits...
    Some of the twins only have a single carb, typically a Keihin.
    Virage, Freedom, some SL models have single carbs.

    Hurricane, Octane, SLT, some SL models have dual Keihin carbs.

    The Keihins are part of the reason the twins are so fuel efficient.

    My understanding is that the Keihins are harder to tune for a modified engine, but overall drink less fuel for the same engine power, compared to the Mikuni carbs.

    The two cylinder Polaris domestic engines don't get a lot of attention around here, but they are quite impressive. Easy on fuel, easy to work on, more room inside the hull, and as you mentioned, less parts to service.

    If tuned exhaust pipes are of interest, there are only two pipes, not three, so less space consumed inside the hull.

    Randy did a conversion of a Pro hull to a tuned pipe twin. Light engine weight with good power - an interesting approach

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