I have done some more research into my boot band problem. Go to the following website and search for each of the following tools:
Welcome to SPX Polaris
It is where Polaris dealers go to buy stuff and us common folks cannot purchase items from them. When the tool number comes up, click on the tool number and a picture of the tool and mating bands will show.
Tool 8700226 Boot clamp pliers for EAR type bands
Tool 8700225 Boot clamp pliers for EARLESS type bands. (tool like I have and used on my 2001 Sportsman400)
Tool PU-48951 Boot clamp pliers for STEPLESS type bands This is the type of bands now on the 2008 Sportsman 500 and as I have said before are a nightmare to install.
So, now I have to find another makers tool like it for future use. I sure am not going to pay $91.25 plus dealer markup! I am meeting the Snap-on dealer today to see what he might have. Any ideas where to find one?
Thanks for all you suggestions.