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    polaris sltx 1997 upgrades

    picked up this ride in sept didnt use to much ,it is fast but its totally stock what upgrades can i do resonably that has bang for buck


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    Hey Reg, WELCOME to the Green Hulk forums!!!!

    How much money do you want to throw at your ride and what are you looking for? Top speed in glass water? Top speed in chop? A little handling and top speed? They will all set up differently but I think you're going to find you'll want better speed in chop as it's more everyday type riding.

    Sponsons; Cut the last section and gain some speed or install something like Hot Seat or Works sponsons and get some better handling around the bouys but lose some top end.
    Intake grate; The R&D short wing is hard to beat for a tiny speed loss and good loading of the pump. The standard bar grate will probably give you the best top speed.
    Wedge; A six degree will give you top speed without taking too much of the hull out of the water. A 4 degree will plant the nose a little more and get you better handling.
    Engine mods I like to make are
    flame arrestors
    reed assemblies
    carb mods
    more air into hull
    lightened flywheel for quicker rev
    92 octane domes
    recreational ported cylinders (if money permitting)
    stator cooling mod
    head rail cooling mod or aftermarket head cover
    and I guess I'd change the stator to a nice 6 vein stainless
    impeller to match your mods.

    I'm sure others will have some great input and ideas as well.

    Of course you can also drop a modded 1200 engine with triples pipes......

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    Hey Ph20, what is this stator cooling mod you speak of? Reg, these guys are very knowledgable. Figure what you want most of, and what kind of water you usually ride in like he said. Do you wave jump and want air? Top speed numbers? Or dodge the buoys? Figure it out and get back to us. We can't wait to spend your money.

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    The forward (MAG) cylinder gets the hottest and is more noticable when performing mods. A good way to keep it cooler is to add the front water cover from an injected or later Domestic engine T the water line and you have a much cooler front cylinder. Of course adding the pisser is nice because then you can also see if you have a water supply issue.
    The front cylinder runs hotter due to the electronics/resistance of the stator and it get's the least amount of water and/or pressure from the lake.
    This mod is for the Domestic engine with no cover already in place.

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    Don't forget about the ocean pro rideplate also! Better handling and more top speed

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    Quote Originally Posted by ultimate 1 View Post
    Don't forget about the ocean pro rideplate also! Better handling and more top speed
    Extremely GOOD point, I wouldn't put any other plate on an SLTX or SLT for that matter. Stock or modded the plate works extremely well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ph2ocraft View Post
    The forward (MAG) cylinder gets the hottest and is more noticable when performing mods. A good way to keep it cooler is to add the front water cover from an injected or later Domestic engine T the water line and you have a much cooler front cylinder. Of course adding the pisser is nice because then you can also see if you have a water supply issue.
    The front cylinder runs hotter due to the electronics/resistance of the stator and it get's the least amount of water and/or pressure from the lake.
    This mod is for the Domestic engine with no cover already in place.
    OK thanks. So my fuji isn't able to use this mod. I have these and I am still wondering if you guys know of something I can do to keep my mag cyl cooler?
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    Man, those are purty!!
    Leave that front cylinder just a little fat and it will help keep it a tad bit cooler. With the triples and new water routing you should be able to keep it pretty cool.
    If you want to get really crazy you can always add another cooling line.....

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    Me thinks I'll get them running first, and see how hot it is, then maybe another line. What do you think about these not having a thermostat? As you can see in the first pic, there's no water bar anymore. They are joined together, and then the large exit fitting. I'm trying to get some instructions and gaskets from a former PSI employee. Not too easy to get parts/instructions for 12 yr old stuff.

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