buying a sportsman 4x4 . things to look for? .... see pics!
hey guys . first time poster.
while i am familiar with honda atv's , i am lost when it comes to polaris quads .
i am looking for a nice utility quad to use around the house . its main use will be to haul my trailers full of wood from the driveway to the back of the house where the wood is stacked . not too heavy of loads , but i know that quads are way underrated for their hauling capabilities .
in fact , i have a 1985 honda big red which pulls about 2500 lbs of firewood in a trailer to my back yard at least 5-6 times a year . granted its flat and only a 200 yard journey , but it works.
anyways , i would be using it to haul firewood and then to plow the driveway .
i know a solid rear axle is ideal , but not really necessary for towing .
i found 2 quads for sale by me ...
i found a RED 2001 sportsman 500ho that he said in an email ,
"Clutch is bad, needs belt and speedometer is getting condensation in it.. wont switch into 4x4. Had it in to dealer, they said the 4 wheel drive is fine, but the other issues is not allowing to to switch in to 4x4 and the needs a new battery."
he selling it for 1500$ , but im sure i could get it for less .
the next one is nice , its a BLUE 2003 600 twin. heres what he said :
2003 Polaris Sportsman 600 twin cylinder with a clean title.
It has 1281 miles and 245.2 hours on it.
It switches from 2 wheel drive to True 4 wheel drive and it has a K&N air filter on it.
It also comes with a plow. It has a aftermarket exhaust on it also have the stock one too. It also comes with miscellaneous stuff for the four wheeler too. It was just serviced and the Drive Belt was replaced Memorial Day Weekend. The whole ignition system was updated in 2011 and the tires are 80%. It has a warn winch. Its a very nice four wheeler buts its just too big and bulky for my kids.
he said $2500 will work .
will these fit my bill ? i can work on the red 2001 500 and do the work myself , but wouldnt want to get into a money pit .
any opinions on these specific quads or what to look out for on sportsman models would be great .( model changed, recalls, pitfall years, etc)
im on the hunt for a new beast!