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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-21-2010, 10:36 AM Thread Starter
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I want to change my fuel filter. Im sure it hasn't been done since the quad was new in '06 but polaris wants around $25 for theirs and that seems OUTRAGOUSLY high for a fuel filter when i can get a universal fuel filter that i have used for other quads for just a few bucks. is it a must to use the polaris filter or am i fine with the universal filter? any other cheaper recomendations?

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I want to change my fuel filter. Im sure it hasn't been done since the quad was new in '06 but polaris wants around $25 for theirs and that seems OUTRAGOUSLY high for a fuel filter when i can get a universal fuel filter that i have used for other quads for just a few bucks. is it a must to use the polaris filter or am i fine with the universal filter? any other cheaper recomendations?
A good fuel filter for a car is about $15 and a cheaper one is about $8. On fuel injected vechiles it is very important that you have the right micron rating media in the filter. Otherwise you stand a chance of getting trash in the injectors and clogging them. That repair bill could get expensive. I would pay a few more dollars and use an o.e.m. filter unless you can get the micron rating and match that filter excatly and trust the person giving you this information. Thanks
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Not positive on this but I think the filter has special pressure fittings and requires a special tool to take off. Could be wrong. If you can get it off take it to an auto parts store like Napa and have them try to match it. It amazes me what they have been able to match. Polaris out sources most of there parts and so they are used in other vehicle applications and therefor available usually for half the price.

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yeah as said already stick with the OEM part. On an efi model it is important that the filter also be able to handle the pressure of the EFI system as well. $25 seems reasonable considering you will probably only go through 2 of them in the life of the ATV. It's not like a car where you are running 1000's of gallons through it.
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I have worked in auto parts for over 20yrs. It is more a liabiltiy issue. If the filter is not designed for the machine and causes engine damage the filter manufacturer is not responsible. Visit wixfilters.com to learn more.
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So if its only 4 years old do I need to replace it. Ill just let it go a few more years if I can

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its not really a matter of years, but how many miles and how it was stored over time. Also if you ever used a gas can with some type of dirt in the bottom them maybe. But usually a properly maintained atv will probably not need a new filter after only 4 years. But Only you can answer that question.
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