I have a 2001 so I think our bikes are similar.
You have to drive out the large roll pin from the front u-joint , then the shaft should slide off the rear spline.
You can check prices at cyclepartswarehouse dot com for OEM polaris parts.
2001 Sportsman 500 HO
Famous saying......" I'm going to the garage" !
Last edited by Kevcules; 01-04-2013 at 07:17 AM.