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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-24-2011, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
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2000 Sportsman 500 6x6 Clutch/Power Upgrades

I have a 2000 Sportsman 500 6x6 with about 400 original miles on it. I only use the bike to plow snow at 5K' and retrieve Elk from elevations between 8K'-10K'. Can anyone suggest a Clutch Kit/Exhaust or other Power adding modifications to give the machine a little extra at high elevation.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-18-2011, 07:39 PM
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Not sure about power Upgrade, could you help me with tightening the main drive chain

Dear Fellow 2000 6x6 owner,
I use my 6x6 on heavy rock and incline in Arizona, the main drive chain, first chain from the motor to the first drive spoket, which then drives the second set of wheels, is loose and I can't see the tightening mechanism. Do you know how to tighten this main drive chain?
My sportsman front two wheels are shaft driven, without chain.

The back four wheels are chain driven but the chain from the motor to the first sproket, keeps coming off when clearance is issue. How does "One" tighten the chain?

Now, logic tells me that to increase power, better intake, more air. Then more exhaust. Possibly a new transmission belt so the clutch will grab quicker.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-19-2011, 06:08 AM
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Smile Chain Slack in front axle

I understand the last axle chain adjustment but the chain adjustment from the motor to the first sprocket, that is where I need help.
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Welcome aboard oem parts would suite your need, no need for performance parts for the job.
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Since I work on rocky places, I decided to sell it

I placed an Posting in Colorado, sold the 2000 Polaris for $3500 to the very first person who replied. I am taking it to Alburquerque, NM, Wednesday to hand it off, she is coming from Colorado Springs. I sold her the trailer as well, package deal for $4000, Cash.

The reasoning, the chain is exposed to the bottom, without chain guards, the rocky ground I deal with most all of the time, will only push against the chain often, it will come off many times while I am on my Hill Side so, chain linkage will not work for me. Shaft drive is the only possible solution for me.

Prior to this Polaris, I have the Quad of all Time, a Vintage Honda 300TRX full time AWD, shaft driven 1991. Due to being shaft driven and skid pads, I drove on rocks but never had this problem.

I never had any problem when just driving the Polaris on normal clearance areas. So, I know this Polaris chain issue is only a problem for Arizonan's with lots of rocky terrain. I can't have chains coming off, when I am on a 35 degree hillside, especially with a 6x6 which weighs 895 lbs, this is tough to pick up and hard to turn. Now, the new 6x6 Big Boss, 2009.2010.2011, are shaft driven, these would not be a problem for me but problem is $10,000 to purchase.

So, I sold it and will probably purchase some shaft driven alternative or just a Rock Crawler Jeep.

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