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2003 polaris preditor 500 engine smokes and burns oil. compression is 135 and engine still runs strong. What do you think is the problem

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If you still have good compression, and motor runs strong, then the problem is in the head, eg, usually valve stem seals, letting oil in the cylinder. Have your head reconditioned, valve grind, and some new valve stem seals should solve the problem. It is fine to keep riding it, just keep your eye on the oil level, as it will be burning oil.

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