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96 or 97 Polaris Magnum 425 6x6 Issues


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I have a 96 or 97 Polaris Magnum 425 6x6 that smokes heavily. I just replaced oil and let it run a while. The past owner over filled the resavoir and I believe it’s bad rings. Would anyone know where I can get a decent priced top end?

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