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Differences between Venture Lite and Multipurpose

Discussion in 'Venture Lite & Multipurpose' started by Mooseman, Sep 3, 2012.


  1. Mooseman

    Mooseman Lifetime Member Lifetime VIP Member VIP Member

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    Location:
    Greely, Ontario
    Country:
    Canada
    Snowmobile:
    '07 Venture MP (gone)
    '07 Phazer FX (gone)
    '09 Phazer GT (son's)
    '10 RS Venture GT (My current ride)
    '10 Nytro FX (son's)
    So basically these two sleds are the same except for a few differences, so unless otherwise noted, everything else is the same.

    Skis
    The VL comes with a 6 inch wide trail ski, the MP comes with a 7 inch wide "VK style" ski.
    2014+ MP's come with dual carbide Tuner skis, which are a little less than 6" wide.

    Track
    The VL comes with a 15 X 144 X 1.25" Ripsaw, the MP comes with a 16 X 144 X 1.25" Ripsaw

    Rear suspension
    The VL has steel 25mm gas cell shocks while the MP has 36mm high-pressure aluminum gas shocks
    The Lite has rear suspension travel of 11.5 (292mm). The MP has 12.3" (312mm)
    The MP has four extra wheels: 2 inners just behind the middle inners and two outers just in front of the rear idlers

    Front suspension
    Lite limits front travel to 6.5-inches, the MP has 8-plus inches
    MP has 36mm High Pressure Gas shocks. VL has hydraulic gas cell.

    Gearing
    Venture Lite: 19T/45T Venture MP: 18T/45T

    Appearance and accessories
    Venture Lite has a small front bumper, MP has a full size wide bumper which includes a kind of float plate which extends to the engine skid plate.
    MP comes with a hitch
    Venture Lite (all years): standard passenger seat with hand warmers
    Venture MP: 2007-2009: No passenger seat (optional). 2010+: Passenger seat became standard with handwarmers
    Venture Lite has passenger foot rests, MP (all years) does not have them.
    MP All years: no mirrors (standard on VL). They we added to the MP in 2014.

    2013 was the last year for the Venture Lite whereas the MP was introduced to the US market that same year.

    Edit on 2013-01-05: corrected rear suspension travel and added info on rear foot rests.
    Edit on 2012-01-12: Added info on extra rear wheels
    Edit on 2015-02-15: Added info about the Tuner skis, mirrors on MP and VL end of model
     
    Last edited: May 23, 2020
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  3. BombaPolaYama

    BombaPolaYama TY 4 Stroke Master

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    Good job - I didn't realize there were so many differences.
     
  4. Mooseman

    Mooseman Lifetime Member Lifetime VIP Member VIP Member

    Messages:
    3,393
    Location:
    Greely, Ontario
    Country:
    Canada
    Snowmobile:
    '07 Venture MP (gone)
    '07 Phazer FX (gone)
    '09 Phazer GT (son's)
    '10 RS Venture GT (My current ride)
    '10 Nytro FX (son's)
    After swapping my MP skid for a VL's, I noticed that the VL skid has less wheels. Strange how the VL has so much less than the MP and only $100 difference (2013).
     

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  5. NFLD-Nytro

    NFLD-Nytro TY 4 Stroke Junkie

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    What I'm really curious about is the power characteristics of the Multipurpose. I'm thinking about getting a utility/touring sled, but I don't know if I could live with the 80hp twin rather than the triple.

    And of course, seeing as the Venture MP weighs in at 600lps, is there any real advantage over a full-sized Venture?
     
  6. Mooseman

    Mooseman Lifetime Member Lifetime VIP Member VIP Member

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    3,393
    Location:
    Greely, Ontario
    Country:
    Canada
    Snowmobile:
    '07 Venture MP (gone)
    '07 Phazer FX (gone)
    '09 Phazer GT (son's)
    '10 RS Venture GT (My current ride)
    '10 Nytro FX (son's)
    Power is more than plenty with this thing. I have towed many sleds with it, once the dead sled's parking brake was on (by mistake) and I didn't even notice it until I remembered several Km later. It didn't even break a sweat. One time, I towed my son's dead GTX with one rider on it, myself (300Lbs) and my son (175lbs) on the MP, no problem. It is geared a bit lower than the VL but still can haul my carcass to 120km/h.

    I am not familiar with the other RS Ventures but I believe the TF would be the one you were thinking of as a utility/touring sled. Looking at its specs, this would be my choice if I were to go that route but I couldn't find the weight on Yamaha's site. Maybe ask in the RS section about it.

    Here's a nice review of the MP:
    http://www.snowmobile.com/manufacturers ... -1597.html

    And one of the TF:
    http://www.snowmobile.com/manufacturers ... -1614.html
     
  7. BombaPolaYama

    BombaPolaYama TY 4 Stroke Master

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    Yes I agree on the pulling power - I'm quite pleased with the VL. I didn't intend to use it for hauling firewood first when I got it but a problem with my Polaris forced me to and once I got used to it there was no turning back. It starts off very well under load and once moving it is effortless.
     
  8. willyswagon

    willyswagon Veteran

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    This comparison quickly answered a lot of the questions I've been searching the web for.

    It could be a sticky for those newbies like myself.
     
  9. Mooseman

    Mooseman Lifetime Member Lifetime VIP Member VIP Member

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    3,393
    Location:
    Greely, Ontario
    Country:
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    Snowmobile:
    '07 Venture MP (gone)
    '07 Phazer FX (gone)
    '09 Phazer GT (son's)
    '10 RS Venture GT (My current ride)
    '10 Nytro FX (son's)
    I do believe it was added to the FAQ. Glad it was of some use to you.
     
  10. Sled Dog

    Sled Dog Lifetime Member Lifetime VIP Member VIP Member

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    Mooseman you know your stuff especially when it comes to these two models. ;)! ;)!
     
  11. bugnout

    bugnout Newbie

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    Location:
    Northern Wisconsin
    Country:
    USA
    Snowmobile:
    2011 Venture Lite, 2007 Phazer FX
    So to get the increased travel on the VL is it as simple as changing the shocks? A arms the same? Seems to easy.
     
  12. Mooseman

    Mooseman Lifetime Member Lifetime VIP Member VIP Member

    Messages:
    3,393
    Location:
    Greely, Ontario
    Country:
    Canada
    Snowmobile:
    '07 Venture MP (gone)
    '07 Phazer FX (gone)
    '09 Phazer GT (son's)
    '10 RS Venture GT (My current ride)
    '10 Nytro FX (son's)
    Easy, yes. Cheap? No. Used parts are nearly impossible to find. I had to replace my entire skid and I had to settle with a VL's. Any real difference? I couldn't tell except for the stiffer springs.
     
  13. bugnout

    bugnout Newbie

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    Location:
    Northern Wisconsin
    Country:
    USA
    Snowmobile:
    2011 Venture Lite, 2007 Phazer FX
    I Guess so..., I just looked up the price of shocks, and they run more than $300 each. Ouch
     
  14. Mooseman

    Mooseman Lifetime Member Lifetime VIP Member VIP Member

    Messages:
    3,393
    Location:
    Greely, Ontario
    Country:
    Canada
    Snowmobile:
    '07 Venture MP (gone)
    '07 Phazer FX (gone)
    '09 Phazer GT (son's)
    '10 RS Venture GT (My current ride)
    '10 Nytro FX (son's)
    For the front, I put in some Phazer FX adjustable shocks. Made a nice difference and could adjust them to my liking. Used Phazer parts are easier to come by.
     
  15. OffGridAKdude

    OffGridAKdude Newbie

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    Location:
    Parker Lake Alaska
    Country:
    USA
    Snowmobile:
    2 x 2011 Yamaha Venture Lite
    WEBSITE:
    www.otginternet.com
    So I see this is an old thread but.... ;-)

    I am shopping for parts to upgrade my VL front bumper frame/guard to the MP version. Looking at the parts diagrams on the 2011 vs the 2013 I see there is an extra part under the 2013-2018 called Protector 6?
    Yamaha part # 8GR-77556-00-00

    Exactly what is this? Do I want one?
    Thanks!
     
  16. Mooseman

    Mooseman Lifetime Member Lifetime VIP Member VIP Member

    Messages:
    3,393
    Location:
    Greely, Ontario
    Country:
    Canada
    Snowmobile:
    '07 Venture MP (gone)
    '07 Phazer FX (gone)
    '09 Phazer GT (son's)
    '10 RS Venture GT (My current ride)
    '10 Nytro FX (son's)
    It's a kind of float plate. It goes along with the front protector 8GR-77555-00-00
     

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