Everything is stock with the machine. All fluids are Polaris. Maintainance has always been kept up, and always using Polaris parts. The motor is in great condition and although the dealer said that I didn't need it, I had them install a new belt two years ago. He said that the original belt was 80%+ but I had him install a new one anyway. Tires and wheels are stock and the tires on the rear are the original tires. I've replaced the front tires with the same tire as original.
I've got 684 hours and 3,464 miles on it. When I bought it new, it was pretty much only used for hunting, running a mile to the stand and back. Now that I'm retired and moved north, I've used it also to plow with for the last six years. ALWAYS using low range while plowing. We can also run the right-of-way on the roads now, so I use the quad to get me back and forth to the lake for ice fishing. Depending on which end of the lake I'm fishing, it can be as low as a one mile ride to get on the lake or, if I run to the opposit end of the lake, its a 13 mile ride on the road. (1-way)
As for weight, well there's probably a little there.... As an old fart, I weigh about 225#, then there's the power auger on the front of the machine and I have a box with ice fishing equipment, that's mounted on the rear rack. I'd estimate probably 300-325# total loaded.
If it were just deep fluffy snow, I don't have any problems. However, when the snow drifts and gets wind blown, that's where I have problems. So much so, that I always have a friend with his 500 HO break the trails, which he goes right through. I'm pretty positive that there's no belt slippage, as the RPM's decrease and the quad slows. What it feels like to me, is that I need another gear between low range and hi-range. The tires will spin to a point, then the quad just slows down and the RPM's drop. If it carries me to a spot that doesn't have much snow or the drifts are lower, it instantly takes right off and goes.
Although I'd just LOVE to go to the dealer and pick up an 800efi, fixed incomes and especially the economy right now isn't going to let that happen. The "little woman" certainly doesn't think its a necissity......
So...... I'm just wondering what I can do to at least improve my issues. I don't have a clue about what a clutch kit will or won't do. I don't have a clue about what re-jetting the carb will or won't do. So, I figured that I'd ask the question on a forum where there would be people that know.....
Clutch Kits.............. First, do they even make one that would work with my older (02) 400 Sportsman? Where would I even get a clutch kit, what model/brand etc.? What exactly would the clutch kit do? Would it slow down the top end speed?
Sorry about all the questions guys/gals, but I'll be honest.. I don't have a clue...
P.S. Seafoam is used in all my equipment. Good stuff !
Last edited by ENCORE; 03-12-2011 at 03:45 AM.