Mileage could be a big diff here...cat lousy,...but the polaris an
Find a good dealer and be happy!!
Wait a minute hold the phone! Polaris XC 500 has Xtra 10 suspension.
You said that the Cat has 3 inches more? Thir*** inches of travel?
Way way too much. Last year I had a 96 XLT SP that had 12 inches of
travel and was tipsier than hell. More than once I was picking the
machine up off its side! More suspension will also cut into a good
holeshot! Thats why racers tie thier suspensions down! Thats also why
Polaris has gone from putting Xtra 12 on their sleds to Xtra 10 on
almost all of the 99s. I have an XC 500 sitting in the barn but we have
no snow yet here in NY. I will let you know how it goes when the snow
Never riden a zr or what???
Handling isnt an issue...A zr is NOT any extra 12 ..thank god!!...In
the big bumps they have a bit more travel..In these conditions it
works..Tippier..not a bit more than a xtra 10..
Some things just work..Check out the NEW TIPPY EDGE polaris 440 racer
with its 13 in same as cat travel suspension...
I owned both the zr and xtra 10 last yr..No problem with either..but the
cats better on the BIG ones just as the sc10 is...the xtra in work on
...otherwise both ok.
But dont compatre either to the 12 in grasshopper..eeekkk!!
Out in Friendly Manitoba
Well according to the book in front of me the Polaris 440 racer (XCR)
has the Xtra 10 suspension. They never even had a 13 inch suspension.
And not to say that the Xtra 12 was bad, I loved it for the most part.
But the law of physics says that 13 inches of travel will be more tipsy
then 10! UNLESS, there is something that I am missing! (Which I'm sure
there is). But anyways I have to agree that these are both excellent
sleds and the guy will be happy with either. Lets worry more about
I think that the rear of the xc will be as good as the cats because of the
new pps shock that is on the xc. I don't think you would have a reliability
problem with either engine. Even if there were to be a problem with the new
xc 500 motor it would be fixed pretty damn fast because so many people
bought this sled. Both are about equal in power. Anyways, if you want a good
review on these sleds go to
This is a good review on 500 class machines with the zl and xc included.
>I think that the rear of the xc will be as good as the cats because of the
>new pps shock that is on the xc.
6. FS/99 ZL 500