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I am getting a '94 Polaris SL650 that has belonged to my parents since new. It is in great condition and always ran perfectly, but it has been parked in the garage for about 6-7 years. During this time it has not been started at all. I know I will need to drain any gas that's in it and replace the battery, but what else should I do before I try to start it?

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the only thing that would really concern me is the oil pump. If it is equiped with one. I cannot remember if that machine had one or not. If it does you will want to replace it or run premix. They are notorious for long storage decay. Meaning...Kaboom in very short time! and...you cant get parts very easy for them since polaris watercraft is bye bye!:thumbsup:
 

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the only thing that would really concern me is the oil pump. If it is equiped with one. I cannot remember if that machine had one or not. If it does you will want to replace it or run premix. They are notorious for long storage decay. Meaning...Kaboom in very short time! and...you cant get parts very easy for them since polaris watercraft is bye bye!:thumbsup:

It does have an oil pump. Years ago I had an X2 that I just used premix in - the oil pumps on them were notorious for taking a dump too. Running premix in the SL650 shoulldn't really cause any problems, should it? What mixture would I use? (it's been such a lond time since I've had to mix anything other than gas for our chainsaws at work) Do I just use any marine 2-stroke oil?
 

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Thanks for the help!! Now I have a project for Sunday. . . block off oil lines, install new battery, get new plugs, change out the gas (and add a bit of sea foam), and fire it up (hopefully). When I block the oil lines, do I need to do anything to disable the oil pump from running? If so, how?
 

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Ok, another question. . . That kit comes with the block off plate and some plugs for the lines, but I found another kit that also includes a plug to fill the space where the shaft was. Which one is better?
 
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