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    SLT Back from the Dead

    The Revival of a 97 SLT700;
    I Paid $300 and "all it needed" was a pump bearing that seized per the Craigslist post. Once I got it opened up I found the pump destroyed. I bought what I could used off eBay for the Stator and Ext pump. I got the Solar Impellor and bearings new. It was around $400 in parts maybe less. Took about a year or two to complete this portion

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    I installed the pump and the steering cable snapped, easy fix for $125. I got it in the water and used it at min speed for about 10 minutes and then it stalled out, it stated but with limited power, enough to get me closer to shore. Compression was about 125 and 15.

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    So back on eBay for a replacement cylinders. I noticed when taking it apart all the bolts on the bad cylinder where not stainless and starting to rust. I broke everyone. The engine was apart once before and not too long ago. I got cylinders from eBay for about $50 each. I measured them to be safe and one was 80mm the other was 82mm both listing were for 80mm stock bore. I’m glad I checked before ordering the rebuild kit. I went with an 82.5mm Wiseco Top end kit. I packed the cylinder up good and shipped them to Ken O’Connor racing in CT for machining. He was the cheapest by far about $115 to bore both cylinders plus $20 to ship. A co-worker was nice enough to pick them up for me once they were finished. It would have been $250+ for a local shop to machine them. Probably another $300 invested at this point.

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    Another 3 years later I finally got it back together, Cleaned the carbs, removed the old fuel. It was still another couple months before I got time to fire it up. Which I finally did today. She fired right up after a correction to the fuel lines which were all replaced. I got about an hour of ride time today. So far so good.

    I still need a few odds and ends. But after 5 years and never giving up hope there is one less Polaris in the junk yard
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    Maiden Voyage on Sept 20th 2014. Ill get a couple hours on it tomorrow then pull it out and winterize. I'm looking forward to having it in next year.

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