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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-04-2011, 10:53 AM Thread Starter
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Need help figuring out which year and model I have through VIN.

I have a what I believe to be a 2004 Sportsman 500 H.O. The information I pulled off a VIN decoder is below:

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2004 POLARIS SPORTSMAN 500/RSE/DUSE

VIN: 4XACH50A84A316037

World region: North America

Manufactured in: USA

Year: 2004

Make: Polaris

Model: SPORTSMAN 500/RSE/DUSE

Body style: All Terrain

Drive type: RWD

Cylinders: 1 Cylinders



There appears to be so many variations of these Sportsman 500's that trying to find parts for the correct one is becoming a pain. If I could be positive about what I actually have it might make things simpler.

looking at partspitstop.com I see a listing of 2004 sportsman 500's with engine numbers? next to them such as "A04CH50AA SPORTSMAN 500 (2004)". None of these numbers match my VIN exactly as you can see. There is also the sportsman 500 4x4 and then the sportsman 500 HO. My 500 is a 4x4 (AWD) it has the selector switch to change back to 2WD as well.
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I use to be able to do this, but I cant anymore. You are going to have to call a dealer. You do have an 2004. All the Sportsman 500's in that year where 4x4.

If you give then VIN to a dealer, they will be able to tell you your A04CH50AA number...a hint, the last two letters "AA" "AC" etc, are color codes for plastics and decals and do not play a factor in what parts you need in non-color related. There really are not as many models as you think, and 95% of the parts are the exact same from model to model in that year.

But the only way to get the model # is to call the dealer and ask for it. Again, I wish I could help. 3 weeks ago I could have.
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The VIN number says it's a 2004 Sportsman 500 but the VIN doesn't have the info to determine if it's a 500 or 500HO. The 500 will have a 34mm carb and the 500HO will have a 40mm carb. Maybe the dealer can help if the difference is in the last 6 digits. He probably will need to consult Polaris database. You could check the Polaris parts diagrams for the 500 and 500HO and determine which one you have from them.

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2000lb winch
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The VIN number says it's a 2004 Sportsman 500 but the VIN doesn't have the info to determine if it's a 500 or 500HO. The 500 will have a 34mm carb and the 500HO will have a 40mm carb. Maybe the dealer can help if the difference is in the last 6 digits. He probably will need to consult Polaris database. You could check the Polaris parts diagrams for the 500 and 500HO and determine which one you have from them.
The body of the atv says its a sportsman 500 HO. So I am pretty sure it is, unless the body was changed out for some reason. I suppose my only solution is to contact the dealer.
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Looks like it's the dealer because the Polaris parts listings don't have a 500HO in 2004. There are two series of Sportsman 500's and that's it. Usually the 500HO is listed separately from the 500. Take the serial number that's on top of the recoil housing also.

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Looks like it's the dealer because the Polaris parts listings don't have a 500HO in 2004. There are two series of Sportsman 500's and that's it. Usually the 500HO is listed separately from the 500. Take the serial number that's on top of the recoil housing also.
I took a pic of the sticker on top of the recoil housing..i don't find anything when i search the numbers however. view image here

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What color is this machine?
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What color is this machine?
It's a purple realtree camo print. Here is a picture of it
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Looks like the 2004 500's were all HO's. Model number will be AO4CH50??
You'll have to ask the dealer about the last two letters(Color Code) and also the date of manufacture since some parts changed during the year. For example the driven clutch parts can be different depending on date of manufacture. A manual might tell you the last two letters but not the date.

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All 500's after 2001 were HO, the "purple is actually realtree camo hat has seen some sun, it changed alot of them to purple
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