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Old 02-27-2011, 06:33 PM
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Disapointed sportsman 500 owner

I'm 57 years old, wanted a 500 since buddy bought one in 96. Found a 98 with 1426 miles. I have 20+ horses and work as a Mounted Deputy Sheriff. I drove over a 100 miles one way to pick it up. LOVED IT. Used it to do chores, WHAT A BACK SAVER. AT 1500 MILES THE CAM FAILED. Really disapointed that after paying good money for a "great worksaver" I now am carrying grain on MY back thru the wet, muddy months in Ohio until I can afford to fix my Polaris. I worked as a service manager for Harley, when they had bad cams we replaced them at NO CHARGE TO our customers, check out Harley's recall on99 twin cams, we changed them out with 30,000 miles, not 1500. thanks Jack Neal 419-230-1953 policehorse@earthlink.net
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Old 02-27-2011, 06:47 PM
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Sorry about your luck. I'm guessing that with that with that low amount of miles, the cam failure was most likely due to poor maintenance by the previous owner. Every now and then a cam will wear out, but it's not a super-common issue.
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Old 02-27-2011, 06:53 PM
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I have owned my 1998 500 Scrambler for 10 years. Changed oil once a year with Mobil one and have no issues. Cant tell how many miles or hours. But she has been used. These engines seem to like Synthetic oil.
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Old 02-27-2011, 07:49 PM
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It was a one owner vehicle, using synthetic oil, recently changed, the guy even gave me an extra oil change kit from his dealer. The guy was older than me, only used around his lock and store to move trailers and plow snow. If you type Polaris cam failures (I wish I would have) you get several pages of individual and dealer problems. They fixed the issue around 2002 with th 500 HO motor. Thanks for the feedback though I appreciate it, Jack.

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Old 02-27-2011, 07:50 PM
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Razorback, I forgot to say thanks for serving, stay safe..........Jack
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Old 02-28-2011, 04:35 AM
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If the needle sticks in the carb it will dump fuel into the engine thinning the oil and that will wear a cam out. If you can wait about another month I will be getting 1 or 2 more atvs that might have a good cam and rocker arm assembly. It will be used but I usually sell them between $125 to $175.00 plus shipping depending on what they look like. Just send me a PM if interested. Thanks
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Old 02-28-2011, 07:04 AM
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Yes, the older 500's had a lot of issues with the cams. The metal oil tank would condensate and water would form in your oil if you didn't change it enough. Since oil floats on water the water would sit in the bottom of the oil tank and in lower temps freeze. The oil lines went into the bottom of the oil tank so it clogged the lines and starved the oil to the cams. They fixed this with the plastic oil tanks. We have cam kits on our website (Hit-The-Gas New and Used OEM Parts for Polaris, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, ATV, Jet Ski, Motorcycle, Ranger, and Dirt Bike) that are pretty low. If you are close enough to us to pick it up I can save you on shipping. Also every once in awhile we get a good one in used but they sell quickly. ~Phil
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Old 02-28-2011, 10:18 AM
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Yes, the older 500's had a lot of issues with the cams. The metal oil tank would condensate and water would form in your oil if you didn't change it enough. Since oil floats on water the water would sit in the bottom of the oil tank and in lower temps freeze. The oil lines went into the bottom of the oil tank so it clogged the lines and starved the oil to the cams. They fixed this with the plastic oil tanks. We have cam kits on our website (Hit-The-Gas New and Used OEM Parts for Polaris, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, ATV, Jet Ski, Motorcycle, Ranger, and Dirt Bike) that are pretty low. If you are close enough to us to pick it up I can save you on shipping. Also every once in awhile we get a good one in used but they sell quickly. ~Phil
Went to your web site and could not find any cam kits?
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Old 02-28-2011, 01:02 PM
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Update Feb 28th. I'm done cryin now and in the git it fixed mode, I called Mike in service at American Powersports in Findlay, Ohio. I've bought small stuff from them but no major purchases, liked how I was treated by the parts and sales people. Thought I would try out the Service guys, Mike confirmed that the Polaris Company will not help ( they wonder why people buy stuff from China ) the best Part of our 10 minute call was Mike was a good listener and wants to work with me to get my Polaris running. Will keep you posted. Also found out from Mike that even though the new cams have the the same part number they are followed by a superseded letter or number so you don't get an old cam off of a Dealers shelf.
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Old 03-01-2011, 05:14 AM
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This is the non-HO cam kit

Non High Output Camshaft Replacement Kit from Polaris ATV Repair Kits

Policehorse, we are only an hour from Lima. Bob's Cycle Repair Dealership name. I could have saved you quite a bit of money. ~Phil
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