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Venture GT Questions

Discussion in 'RS General Talk' started by Sportourer, Mar 21, 2018.

  1. Sportourer

    Sportourer Newbie

    Messages:
    4
    Location:
    Millerton, NY
    Country:
    USA
    Snowmobile:
    07 Apex GT
    I am considering switching from an 07 Apex GT to a 2011 or newer Venture GT. I would like to find out more about the Venture. I have searched for a time line that would show what improvements were made every year but I can not find anything like that. I have 4500 miles on my Apex and as much as I like it, I am tired of getting beat up when everyone else I ride with is not. Most of my miles are in Quebec where it is usually smooth but you do get a bad trail every now and then and they can be a lot of miles! I know about power steering coming in 2011 so that is why I will not go any older than that. I spent a lot of money and time trying to get my Apex to steer easier and not dart so I don't want to go back to that again. I see some Ventures have a removable rear seat. I would really like this feature since I do a lot of solo touring staying at different places every night so, the extra space would be great. What years had this option? I know the GT is the better model of the Venture so I would like to stay with that version. Were there and track lengths other than 144"? Do all GT's have overload springs in the rear? Any other information would be helpful. Thanks in advance for any replies.
     
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  3. Sportourer

    Sportourer Newbie

    Messages:
    4
    Location:
    Millerton, NY
    Country:
    USA
    Snowmobile:
    07 Apex GT
    Also, did all Venture GT's come with a rear heat exchanger? And did they also come with tunnel protectors? Or would I have to add tunnel protectors to stud one?
     
  4. ersky

    ersky Extreme

    Messages:
    105
    Location:
    ont canada
    Country:
    Canada
    Snowmobile:
    06 apex gt s/c (sold) 04 rx warrior apex converted 2 stage bender turbo. 12 venture gt (getting old)converted to 11 apex
    building a custom apex
    I have a 2012 they don't come with tunnel protectors they have a rear heat exchanger I put a 2011 apex motor in mine because I found the 3 cyl wasn't enough
     
  5. Roger

    Roger Expert

    Messages:
    261
    Location:
    Osgoode Ontario Canada
    Country:
    Canada
    Snowmobile:
    2012 RS Venture GT (power steering doesn't work when real cold)
    2006 Indy 500
    I have a 2012 with 22500 kms on it. I use snow trackers, and there is no darting.

    Power steering usually works, except on my week long adventures, where it ends up being parked outside, in -20 -30 temperatures. You'll have to drive it for 50 km before the module warms up enough for the power steering to work. Yamaha won't do anything for you, which is normal for Yamaha. They blame it on corrosion, even though the sled is spotless, and has never been on an open trailer.

    That removable seat you're thinking about is on the other Venture, not the GT. That was a fantastic feature on my last sled. I traded that sled because the engine went in the second year, and was going again when I traded it. It is now my crappy dealer problem. MOTORSPORTS WORLD in Ottawa, a useless dealer.

    Run the track A LOT LOOSER than the manual tells you. I'm on my second set of slides.

    On my big trips, I have the trunk full of tools and emergency parts, and an extra gallon of gas. I have a big bag of clothes, etc., tied to the seat and backrest. I weigh 180lbs, have my suspension set on the softest setting, and never bottom out.

    The front shock in your rear suspension, is set up for a 500 lb driver. To stop your sled from feeling like it is going to fall over in corners, lift the sled, and back off the spring pressure until it's just making contact with the retaining nuts.

    Exhaust donuts keep wearing out, and it's a 4 hour job to change them. I put in copper ones, hope they last. Yamahas crappy engineers installed an exhaust bracket in such a manner that you have to drill out all the rivets, and remove that bracket, in order to change those exhaust donuts. If that bracket was re-positioned, you wouldn't have to re-rivet that bracket every time!

    This winter, the 3 into one pipe, above the front of the track, broke. I had every Yamaha weld re-welded, as they were all cracked.
     
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2018
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  6. Sportourer

    Sportourer Newbie

    Messages:
    4
    Location:
    Millerton, NY
    Country:
    USA
    Snowmobile:
    07 Apex GT
    Thanks for the replies so far. The suspension is way too soft on my Apex GT so I would like something that is stiffer. I would love to hear more replies and impressions.
     
  7. yamarider13

    yamarider13 Veteran

    Messages:
    34
    Location:
    East Central Wi
    Country:
    USA
    Snowmobile:
    2014 Vector LTX
    2015 Venture GT
    I have a 2015 (the last year they made the GT) and love it. You would have to buy a 2012 or newer as only the Apex had power steering in 2011. It will be plenty stiff for you. I have mine set on the softest settings for one up riding or even 2 people that aren't that heavy.
     

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