I just recently picked up my first quad and first Polaris to use around our Farm and having some serious problems with it. It's a 2005 Sportsman 500 HO Hunters Edition. I first noticed the front driveshaft was really sloppy where the yoke slid onto the input shaft of the front diff. Took the front driveshaft out, problem solved.
(New yoke on the way, hoping that's the problem)
Then I was trail riding one day and was hearing some noises, get home and jiggle both front axles and each one had a ton of play where it slides into the front diff.
Took front diff off quad and took it apart and here is what I found:
Now comes decision time.....do I quick fix the quad right or fix it a little bit and sell the dumb thing????
The following need replaced:
both female hubs (where the axles slide into)
hillard clutch rollers
all bearings & seals
lower ball joints
lower radiator hose
MIGHT be able to re-use the axles
MIGHT be able to re-use the ring gear
I'm looking about at least $800 repair bill.
I'm thinking about replacing the bearings/seals and selling it because if the front diff is that bad, isn't the rest of the quad going to be just as bad? If it's been in water/mud that deep, that means the rear diff/tranny/motor/suspension/etc/etc/etc has ALSO been in that deep of mud/water. I can fix the front end for say $800, but how long before other things start to break?
Can anybody provide some insight/advice on this ordeal? Thanks!