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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-23-2019, 01:33 PM Thread Starter
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Looking Into Purchasing a Polaris Sportsman

Hey guys I'm going to be looking into purchasing a good used Polaris Sportsman and I just wanted to get your take on maybe certain year models that I come across.

As it is right now I have a 2008 Arctic Cat 650 H1 TRV 4x4 and a 2005 Suzuki Eiger 400 4x4. The AC 650 I've had less than a year and it's going back to the dealership tomorrow for a buy back. There is nothing wrong with the AC 650 machine other than the dealership cannot get me a clear Texas title on it. They said it's worth more to them just to buy back the ATV for what I paid them for it plus compensating me for the maintenance I've done to it.

I've got my eye on a used 2008 Polaris Sportsman 500 EFI Touring 4x4 with 1150 miles on the odometer. I have not seen it other than pictures and of course they nearly always look good in the pictures, lol. Any advice I could get on this particular model would be helpful.

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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-24-2019, 06:02 AM
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The Sportsman 500's are for the most part rock solid machines. I'd go at least 2005 and up for a used one.
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I would go just a bit newer on the 500 models so you get the newer style primary clutch. Buddy of mine has had nothing but trouble with the primary on his 2005 with EBS. Doesn't seem to be a real common thing though.

Mine: 2018 Sportsman 850SP - 26" Bear Claw HTRs on OEM steel wheels(I really don't like the Aluminum ones)
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2001 Magnum 325 MOSE 12" rear wheel conversion. 25" Sedona Coyote tires
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I would go just a bit newer on the 500 models so you get the newer style primary clutch. Buddy of mine has had nothing but trouble with the primary on his 2005 with EBS. Doesn't seem to be a real common thing though.
Yeah, 06 and up would be better.
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Thanks guys for the information so far. I may inquire about this Polaris 500 this weekend a little more. I did my buy back this morning from the dealership on the Arctic Cat 650 and all went well,cash in hand now to buy another ATV.

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Concerning this year model 2008 Polaris Sportsman 500 EFI I'm looking at. I believe it has the McPherson front strut/shock assembly, is this a reliable suspension or do they go out very often, cost? Like I said I'm trying to become knowledgeable with the Polaris Sportsman because I've never owned one before.

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2008 Polaris Sportsman 500HO EFI Touring AWD
Pearl White/Silver
PowerMadd Handgurds/PM Mirrors


2005 Suzuki Eiger 400 4x4 Auto
Raider Cargo Rear Storage Box
Power Madd Hand Guards/ PM Mirrors
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Yamaha Raptor 660 Petcock Mod

2008 Arctic Cat 650 H1 TRV 4x4
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Concerning this year model 2008 Polaris Sportsman 500 EFI I'm looking at. I believe it has the McPherson front strut/shock assembly, is this a reliable suspension or do they go out very often, cost? Like I said I'm trying to become knowledgeable with the Polaris Sportsman because I've never owned one before.

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put it this way, the basic 2016 Sportsman 570 still has same set up up front, same exact front coils, up to 800 .
Its not adjustable, but the sp - xp models are , front and back,
thats why some guys upgrade the coils with stiffer ones for less sag, more stiffness at higher speeds.
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Concerning this year model 2008 Polaris Sportsman 500 EFI I'm looking at. I believe it has the McPherson front strut/shock assembly, is this a reliable suspension or do they go out very often, cost? Like I said I'm trying to become knowledgeable with the Polaris Sportsman because I've never owned one before.

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Struts are much simpler than dual arms up front. Not nearly as many wear parts and easier to work on. A lot of folks prefer the handling of struts too. No OEM adjustment with the struts but here's a link to a very reasonably priced set of Polaris adjusters that can easily be added if you really think you need to adjust.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Polaris...IAAOSw6hNcNPOJ
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Again guys thank you for the information and the link. If there is anything else that any of you might mention to look for I'm all ears. If it works out Monday I'm planning on going to look at this 2008 Polaris Sportsman 500 I've found. I'll probably question them pretty good over the phone to start because this place is a 130 miles one way from me. About a 2 1/2 hr trip one way.

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PowerMadd Handgurds/PM Mirrors


2005 Suzuki Eiger 400 4x4 Auto
Raider Cargo Rear Storage Box
Power Madd Hand Guards/ PM Mirrors
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Again guys thank you for the information and the link. If there is anything else that any of you might mention to look for I'm all ears. If it works out Monday I'm planning on going to look at this 2008 Polaris Sportsman 500 I've found. I'll probably question them pretty good over the phone to start because this place is a 130 miles one way from me. About a 2 1/2 hr trip one way.

Tony
Take a jack so you can get it off the ground to check bearings, tie rods and bushings. That's a couple hundred for each end of the machine. Check all electrical switches, lights, brakes, etc... THEN start it from cold and ride it. Tell them NOT to have it warmed up when you get there.
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