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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-17-2009, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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08 Sportsman 800? Good Machine?

Hello i am new to this forum and i have a few questions.

I am looking for a utility quad to use for hunting, ice fishing, yard work and maybe some light trail riding.

I have found a new 08 sportsman 800ho browning edition at a local dealer. I would like to stay in the 700-800cc range.

Questions:

1. Does anybody here own one?
2. I hear people complaining about polaris atvs always blowing belts...is this true? I will not be putting on bigger tires or any engine mods on the machine.
3. How easy is it to change a belt in the field if i blow one?
4. Does this machine have the low end power for my uses?
5. Any major problems with this machine?
6. The ac 700 and the kq 750 both have constant belt tension. Am i losing a major advantage by going without it?

At this point the machine is priced at $7199. Maybe i can get him to come down a bit.

Thanks for all the help, sorry for all the questions.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-18-2009, 05:02 AM
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Welcome to the board, and I looks like a good deal to me! I paid $800 more just 7 months ago for basicly the same machine!

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800 is a solid machine. Torque is good, power is great. You may see problems with belts but that all depends on how the machine is used. Very easy to change in the field if you have the proper tools and have any mechanical skill at all.
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I have serviced these machines for years and 99% of the time the belt has failed due to operator error or lack of service.
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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-17-2009, 07:06 AM
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Good machine for yard work. Have used it for dragging downed trees and it has torque to burn.
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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-17-2009, 07:49 AM
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If you use common sense and know when to use LOW range and don't ride too slow in HIGH range the belts should last a long time.

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Cool 800 sportsman

I had the exact machine you are looking at, put 1500 miles 140 hrs belts changed 0. As for low end you will have more than enough. The belts go bad from driver abuse like dirt dawg and imhuntingcrazy wrote. and there easy to change in the field. , The constant tension thing i havent felt my belt slip yet even after going thru deep water. or hauling a heavy load If you have any doubts test drive them and see the diffrences in the machines.

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post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-19-2009, 07:23 PM
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The truth:
ECM went bad after 200 miles .. Replaced under warranty
muffler heat shield rattled.. Solved with two springs
transmission plug was clanking against transmission chain.. Remedy grind down plug.
After that and 1500 miles later dam good Atv. Power is great drag raced against arctic 1000cc prowler and won of course. Best suspension and torque and just remember whatever u buy it might have minor flaws. Good luck and yes Polaris still rocks
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im new to this fourm to!! an love my 800 h.o.

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I have a 2008 800 efi twin and I love it!!! I pull 10-15 dozen decoys into flooded fields with no issues!!! Love it, love it!!
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