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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-10-2011, 09:51 PM Thread Starter
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Angry Lost My One and Only Key, Options?

Hi,

I recently bought a 2004 Sportsman 500 HO. On my 2nd trip with it, today; I discovered I'd lost my one and only key in one of three parking lots in Sheridan or Buffalo, WY. From my quick internet searches it would seem there are 4-5 options:

1. Pull the existing ignition switch and remove the tumblers so it'll start with a screwdriver. Not a good option as I leave it at trail heads for 6-7 hours.

2. Pull the existing ignition switch and have a locksmith make a key for it.

3. Replace the ignition switch. There's a guy on eBay that has replacements.

4. Have the dealer replace the ignition switch.

5. I've heard of people calling the dealer with their model and VIN and the dealer makes a new key. Problem is I haven't heard of any Polaris people doing that. Can anyone comment on this option?

In regards to #2 and #3, above, what's involved in getting the existing igntion switch out (and back in)?

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-11-2011, 04:14 AM
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Just write down your VIN and go to the dealer and get TWO OR THREE keys
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If you loose you're only key, the only thing Polaris can do is get you a new ignition switch, you may be able to get a locksmith to cut you one, but you will still need a Polaris key blank

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I just got a new switch with two keys off ebay for under 50 dollars.It was very easy to put in,on my 02 sportsman 500 there was 3 screws to take out to get to the switch and a plastic nut to take off and just unplug the old one and plug in the new one.
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Painterdan- glad it worked out for you but kind of disconcerting to think someone could haul off anyone's ATV, easily replace the ignition switch, and start riding it in no time.

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Painterdan- glade it worked out for you but kind of disconcerting to think someone could haul off anyone's ATV, easily replace the ignition switch, and start riding it in no time.

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Ignition Switch Out, Now What?

Well, the good news is I easily got the ignition switch out and can order a replacment.
(Not into thievery, here) However, I'd really like to get the ATV off the trailer, so, I can get the trailer disconnected from my car. I'm sitting here with the ignition switch, wondering how to get the tumblers out of it. Can anyone direct me?

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Doesn't your trailor have a crank foot on it? if not I don't know why you don't just put it in nutral and hand unload it. I do it with my Gold Wing all the time.
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Doesn't your trailor have a crank foot on it? if not I don't know why you don't just put it in nutral and hand unload it. I do it with my Gold Wing all the time.
I agree! Also, instead of pushing on the quad, try rolling one of the back tires by hand...it's easier. Like WingNut said, make sure it's in NEUTRAL.

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