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just bought a 1998 ZR 440. Looking to trail ride. I have seen some '97 - '99 Zr 440's here today, but mine has a different body style. It looks like my buddies '00 ZR600. Manufacture date stamped in the tunnel say's 11/97. Any comments?
 

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (440rich @ Jan 18 2007, 09:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
just bought a 1998 ZR 440. Looking to trail ride. I have seen some '97 - '99 Zr 440's here today, but mine has a different body style. It looks like my buddies '00 ZR600. Manufacture date stamped in the tunnel say's 11/97. Any comments?[/b]
It has to be the 1998 ZR 440 Sno-Pro. I "Believe" that the ONLY ZR 440's produced in 11/97 were the Sno-Pro's. This way last minute changes can be made before the production of the race sleds by the factory.
 

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do you have any pics of the sled ? i've never seen one that is the zr1 style with a zr3 hood mounted on it but i'd love to
 

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It wouldnt be a 98 Sno Pro, well at least one that has its stock hood and belly because the Sno Pro of that year as well as the 99 both had the same hood and belly as the 97 and 96 ZR 440s, they definatly would not look like a 2000 ZR 600.

In 98 there was a production run ZR 440 which carried the new ZR2 looks but wasnt as trick as the SnoPro, it was basically the 97 ZR 440 with a new hood, belly, tank, etc. That would make it look like the 98 ZR 500 and 600, but still quite a bit different then the 2000.

But like 7-Up said, 11/97 is VERY late in the production year for a consumer ZR 440. Most of the regular production run machines are made during the spring/summer the year before. In 11/97 they were probably bulding the Sno Pro at full force as they were introduced around that time right before the race season got started.

Ive never heard of the ZR3 plastics being put on a ZR1 before but I assume its possible. The 97 ZR 440 and beyond all had the same AWS V basic chassies setup so theoretically it shouldnt be too difficult to fathom. Definatly post some pictures up though!
 

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Plastics basically interchange from 97-2002 ZR / ZL / or any other sled with the ZR chassis. There will be slight modifications but mostly they are a bolt on piece as long as you add the trimming.

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Yes. The 1997 zr 440 sno pro actually had an advanced bulkhead that was only made in the sno pro models for 97. This bulkhead was then used for regular consumer sleds from 98 on with very slight modifications. Also in the 1998-2001 440 sno pros I believe, including your 98. It is basically what they've used in all z/zr/zl sleds since 98. That said I'm almost certain that 2000 or newer plastic would be a perfect fit, very easy, and a nice cosmetic update for your sled.

ready to ride....
 

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Well actually the 97 wasnt a Sno Pro, the first Sno Pro was the 98...the 97 was the last full production ZR 440 that also served as the race machine for the season. The AWS V Chassies did debut on the ZR 440 of that eyar as WELL as believe it or not the low end Jag and Puma!! Yeah thats right, they had AWS V with the aluminum bulkhead too! They had just upgraded those low end machines to the kinda eggish looking new body style that sorta resembled the ZR2s in a way.

The AWS V is still a good feeling chassies, hell if my 97 had better runningboards and the newer Sno Pro handlebars, it would be just amazing!
 

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440rich, I know of the sled inwhich you're speaking of. It looks just like a 98' zr600/zr500 dressed in green and is not a Sno Pro. I had a chance to purchase one in a package deal about 3 years ago and I think that's been the last time inwhich I've seen one. I wasn't at all sure of the specs on the sled ( thinking this was the zr brother to the zl440), which is totally different from the Sno Pro.
 

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Yes, it looks just like it.
Thanks for all the input guys.
Paid $800.00 has 3800 mile, no cracks, no rips. is that about the right price?
 

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (440rich @ Jan 21 2007, 12:52 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
Yes, it looks just like it.
Thanks for all the input guys.
Paid $800.00 has 3800 mile, no cracks, no rips. is that about the right price?[/b]
yeah i think you got a deal on that one, i paid $1800 for my 1998 zr 500 last year and it had about 3200miles on it and a riped seat too....

Heres an old pic:


New pic:http://img184.imageshack.us/my.php?image=scan0001eg9.png
 

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Now that i think i know what i have. is there any advantages to putting a can on this thing, other than sound? Also, is there any other tricks? I know it is just a 440, i'm coming off of a '01 MXZ700, so seems alittle slow right now which is expected, but 95% of the riding that i do is in the trails around Waters and Gaylord area with very little on the lakes and roads so i think that the 440 will be just fine.
 

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440rich...This is 110% just my 2 cents worth here..You got a great deal on the sled so I'd just fresh'n up the 440 with a re-ring and hone and go. Maybe a little gearing or clutching is all that I'd do.
 

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (440rich @ Jan 22 2007, 06:00 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
Thanks, actually the clutch comes in at 5000 rpm, might have it come in a little sooner.[/b]
Dont do that you will hate it, it makes the sled a real dog off the line. My heartthrob clutch kit in mine made it engage at 5400-5500 and it was much better. The only down side to that sled is you have to keep on the throttle to keep it responsive in the trails, but it with run with the best of them when you get it dialed in. My old ZR440 would consistantly beat bigger sleds-670MXZ-500POO-MXZ440-ZR 580-ZR600. But it was setup pretty good and I took good care of it. Other then rear susp. and shock rebuild 4800 trouble free miles.

P.S. You stole that sled at 800 bucks. Sold mine for 1500. :beer_cheers:
 

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yeah, i think you got a deal, i just bought a 97 zr440 for $750 that need a major tune up, i would have loved to find the deal you did!
 

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is that 98 ZR440 piston port like the zl or is is a case reed induction like the sno pros
 
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