98 ZL 500 gas mileage

98 ZL 500 gas mileage

Post by bjohnso » Thu, 18 Mar 1999 04:00:00


98 ZL 500 that is getting 5-6 miles per gallon, normal trail riding.  It
is completely stock.  What kind of mileage are the ZL  or ZRs 500 owners
getting? Any suggestions on how to improve gas mileage?

Bruce J.

 
 
 

98 ZL 500 gas mileage

Post by ZRT R » Thu, 18 Mar 1999 04:00:00

my wife has a 98 zl 440 she gets11-12 mpg or 12 130 per tank

 
 
 

98 ZL 500 gas mileage

Post by Pmcr » Thu, 18 Mar 1999 04:00:00

Mine is stock other than 340 main jets,  I usually get 8-9 mpg, the best I have
ever gotten is 10

 
 
 

98 ZL 500 gas mileage

Post by larry fu » Thu, 18 Mar 1999 04:00:00

Hello Bruce,

If the sled still has stock jetting it will be running really rich.
Adjusting your main jets according to the temperature will help your gas
mileage.  Also, some clutching changes will improve gas mileage and
performance.  Install Polaris 10MB 47.5 gram weights and install a 55
helix.

Ride Safe..........Larry

Out in Friendly Manitoba

 
 
 

98 ZL 500 gas mileage

Post by Mike Fitzgera » Thu, 18 Mar 1999 04:00:00


says...

Quote:
> 98 ZL 500 that is getting 5-6 miles per gallon, normal trail riding.  It
> is completely stock.  What kind of mileage are the ZL  or ZRs 500 owners
> getting? Any suggestions on how to improve gas mileage?

> Bruce J.

I was getting around 10-12 with my 98 ZL500. Of course I was jetting
for the conditions. Usually around 330 mains. This year I added D&D
pipe and clutch kit. Now I'm running around 420 mains and getting
12-14 mpg. I picked up the D&D power breather but haven't tried it
out yet.

The midwest ZL500's came with 360 mains, way rich. It's a lot more
fun riding when you're jetted right.
--
Mike Fitzgerald

 
 
 

98 ZL 500 gas mileage

Post by MGH » Fri, 19 Mar 1999 04:00:00

You should be getting about 10-12 mpg. You probally have a chip problem that is
causing the motor to run rich. Take it back to the dealer, should still cover
under warranty. MHarrison
 
 
 

98 ZL 500 gas mileage

Post by XRno » Fri, 19 Mar 1999 04:00:00

I average about 10 mpg, but depending on conditions and how you ride the sled,
I've seen 13 mpg and also probably as low as 6 or 7 mpg.  Powder eats up the
gas so fast it's not funny.  So does sticky snow (kind of like we have now).

Rory Dysart
99 XR 400
98 ZL 500

 
 
 

98 ZL 500 gas mileage

Post by Mike Fitzgera » Fri, 19 Mar 1999 04:00:00



Quote:
> You should be getting about 10-12 mpg. You probally have a chip problem that is
> causing the motor to run rich. Take it back to the dealer, should still cover
> under warranty. MHarrison

98 ZL500 is carb only.
--
Mike Fitzgerald
 
 
 

98 ZL 500 gas mileage

Post by snowjack » Fri, 19 Mar 1999 04:00:00

1999 ZL-500 carb with factory jetting - 12 mpg in normal riding (45mph).
Sled gets better mileage than my Indy 500 or Doo 583 with identical trails
and speed.
Quote:

>98 ZL 500 that is getting 5-6 miles per gallon, normal trail riding.  It
>is completely stock.  What kind of mileage are the ZL  or ZRs 500 owners
>getting? Any suggestions on how to improve gas mileage?

>Bruce J.

 
 
 

98 ZL 500 gas mileage

Post by TWPerc » Sat, 20 Mar 1999 04:00:00

I haven't gotten mileage that bad other than breaking trail with deep snow.  I
have 340 mains and also shimmed my needle jet down 3/4.  I used a 5/20 shim kit
I got from HPE.  I have a couple of friends that just dropped it the full clip
but I was uncomfortable with that.  Big 1/4 to 1/2 throttle performance
increase and the mileage went from 8 to 10 +.  Made me alot happier with my
sled after I did that and we haven't had any problems.  Jet to your conditions
though.

Todd Percey
Mecklenburg, NY
98 ZL 500
97 Z 440

 
 
 

98 ZL 500 gas mileage

Post by JHummel3 » Sun, 28 Mar 1999 04:00:00

have 1100 miles on my 98 zl500.  have gotten as low a 9 mpg in low speed tight
woods trail riding, and as high as 12-13 mpg flat trail cruising at 35-50mph.
how you get on and off the throttle does make a difference.   conservative
riding does improve the  mileage.  due to the extreme temp ranges we run in
(-20 to +20), and being lazy about re-jetting, these figures are with the stock
360 mains, and the clips at stock middle position.  340's would help, but i
have been told to move the clip down 1 notch at the lower end of the temp range
for the jets (apparently the motor has a lean mid range).  also, getting approx
100 miles to the qt of oil.  overall, a great sled, good value for the money,
although it could use a wider windshield.