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Old 05-20-2010, 07:57 PM
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Shifter/Gear select Problems

Having a problem shifting to foward and reverse. Became a real problem trying to plow this year. Don't plow often but when I did it became worse and worse. Usually shifts fine cold then gets worse as machine warms up. Recently I could NOT get into reverse on the trail. Read some posts concerning worn belts and lose linkages but my shift select feels like it always has. Idle is not high. I will change the belt this week and see what happens. This is a low milage machine which I am pretty easy on. Any advise appreciated.

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Old 05-21-2010, 06:35 AM
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Old 05-21-2010, 01:36 PM
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if you would put the year and model and motor size on here. i could look up and give you the proper adjustment specs. most of the sportsmans want the selector to be in nuetral before starting adjusting the rods.
You could make the idle speed is set correctly.
on mine, the linkages were set to spec. and all i did was disassemble and clean the shift housing,shifts real easy and no binding in reverse
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Old 05-21-2010, 06:28 PM
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2001 Polaris Sportsman 500HO. 910 miles, 144 hrs. Thank You
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Old 05-22-2010, 01:16 PM
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you'll need to take the right side cover off. set the shifter in neutral, look at the outside shifter rod as both ends the rod bolts should be facing downward, correct this first,then remove the outside rod(10 mm.) from the shifter, the rod bolt when the shifter and transmission are in neutral, should fall into the shifter hole, but it sounds as if you need to shorten the shifter rod for proper reverse engagement. loosen the locknut on shifter rod and adjust as necessary,you may need some penetrating oil on the threads.
still be a good idea to take the shifter off and clean the internals. polaris wants a refill with there synthetic but whatever 0w or 5w you have laying around will work and just add enough to cover the shifting arms.
if you still decide to change your belt ,be sure to air blow or clean the front clutch.
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Old 05-18-2013, 02:10 AM
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you'll need to take the right side cover off. set the shifter in neutral, look at the outside shifter rod as both ends the rod bolts should be facing downward, correct this first,then remove the outside rod(10 mm.) from the shifter, the rod bolt when the shifter and transmission are in neutral, should fall into the shifter hole, but it sounds as if you need to shorten the shifter rod for proper reverse engagement. loosen the locknut on shifter rod and adjust as necessary,you may need some penetrating oil on the threads.
still be a good idea to take the shifter off and clean the internals. polaris wants a refill with there synthetic but whatever 0w or 5w you have laying around will work and just add enough to cover the shifting arms.
if you still decide to change your belt ,be sure to air blow or clean the front clutch.
If it is an older version:
1999
Sportsman 500
(has been used by a farmer, not wll serviced!)

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