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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-17-2019, 01:47 PM Thread Starter
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Rims for 2000 Sportsman 500

Hey guys I have a 2000 Sportsman 500 that I absolutely love. I bought it about a year ago and all the plastics and racks are like new. I had to replace all the suspension bushings because they were shot and the original tires were roaches, so I put some new tires on last year. But I have one front rim that is slightly bent that causes some “shimmy” in the bars when you get up around 30mph and above. So I’m wanting to just go ahead and get new rims all the way around. Problem is I have no idea what to look for. The sizing stuff confuses me.

The original front rims say 12x6 and the back rims say 8.5x10. They are factory rims. I’m wanting to keep my same tires since they’re less than a year old. The front tires are 25x8-10 and the rear tires are 25x11-10.

So can anyone tell me what size aftermarket rims I need to be looking for? It seems like everything I look at talks about offset and I have no idea what that means or how to tell what my factory rims are. I can’t seem to search 12x6 ATV rim and find what I need. I’d like something relatively inexpensive, but better than the factory rims. Any help would be appreciated.
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Oh man I think you may be HARD pressed to find some rims. Idk for sure but I would go down the road of some ITP Delta steels in 12". Then get some new rubber to match. Just not a fan of the different size rims Polaris did back in the day!!!

2011 Sportsman® 800 EFI
GURU front brush guard
GURU rear brush guard
Polaris front lock n ride cargo box
Polaris rear rack extender
Warn RT 3.0 winch w/amsteel synthetic line
Viper aluminum haus fairlead
Polaris front spring adjusters
Ricochet a-arm guards
Ricochet full frame skid plate
ITP T-7 beadlock 14" w/OMF inner rim guards
Maxxis big horn 2.0 26x9 front
Maxxis big horn 2.0 26x11 rear
QSC clutch kit
EPI HD springs front n rear
ODI rogue 130mm grips
Ultraseal commercial grade tire sealant (front)
Highlifter tire sealant (rear)
CTEK 3300 battery maintainer
added 7 zerks
beefed up wiring harness
OGIO rear bag
ROTOPAX 1gal. + 2gal. gasoline can
Jccapri bushing kit
Kolpin Over Fenders
Rigid Industries E-Series 10" flood
Walker Evans struts
NGK Iridium's (2,500 miles on Champion's and they looked great!)
Odyssey Extreme battery PC545

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2019 Aluma® A8818
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Oh man I think you may be HARD pressed to find some rims. Idk for sure but I would go down the road of some ITP Delta steels in 12". Then get some new rubber to match. Just not a fan of the different size rims Polaris did back in the day!!!
I may just be SOL then. I've got about $300 in tires that I bought about a year or so ago. I don't want to have to buy new rear tires just to get a set of rims.
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I totally hear that!!!

2011 Sportsman® 800 EFI
GURU front brush guard
GURU rear brush guard
Polaris front lock n ride cargo box
Polaris rear rack extender
Warn RT 3.0 winch w/amsteel synthetic line
Viper aluminum haus fairlead
Polaris front spring adjusters
Ricochet a-arm guards
Ricochet full frame skid plate
ITP T-7 beadlock 14" w/OMF inner rim guards
Maxxis big horn 2.0 26x9 front
Maxxis big horn 2.0 26x11 rear
QSC clutch kit
EPI HD springs front n rear
ODI rogue 130mm grips
Ultraseal commercial grade tire sealant (front)
Highlifter tire sealant (rear)
CTEK 3300 battery maintainer
added 7 zerks
beefed up wiring harness
OGIO rear bag
ROTOPAX 1gal. + 2gal. gasoline can
Jccapri bushing kit
Kolpin Over Fenders
Rigid Industries E-Series 10" flood
Walker Evans struts
NGK Iridium's (2,500 miles on Champion's and they looked great!)
Odyssey Extreme battery PC545

2018 Sportsman® 570-T
2019 Aluma® A8818
2020 Outlander® 1000R XXC (on order, ETA mid-Sept)
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So let me make sure I understand so maybe when these tires get worn, I won't make the same mistake again. I looked up aftermarket replacements for the front rims and even though the rims are 12x6, all of the websites say 12x7 are interchangeable. So I could also use the 12x7 wheels for the rear also? Would that look goofy having the rear tires the same size and width as the front tires? All of my previous ATVs have had wider rear tires. Even my Ranger 900 has wider rear tires than the front tires.
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Yeah so typical aftermarket rims are going to be 12x7, all 4 corners. Then for tires you'll look for 9" wide fronts and 11"-12" rears.

2011 Sportsman® 800 EFI
GURU front brush guard
GURU rear brush guard
Polaris front lock n ride cargo box
Polaris rear rack extender
Warn RT 3.0 winch w/amsteel synthetic line
Viper aluminum haus fairlead
Polaris front spring adjusters
Ricochet a-arm guards
Ricochet full frame skid plate
ITP T-7 beadlock 14" w/OMF inner rim guards
Maxxis big horn 2.0 26x9 front
Maxxis big horn 2.0 26x11 rear
QSC clutch kit
EPI HD springs front n rear
ODI rogue 130mm grips
Ultraseal commercial grade tire sealant (front)
Highlifter tire sealant (rear)
CTEK 3300 battery maintainer
added 7 zerks
beefed up wiring harness
OGIO rear bag
ROTOPAX 1gal. + 2gal. gasoline can
Jccapri bushing kit
Kolpin Over Fenders
Rigid Industries E-Series 10" flood
Walker Evans struts
NGK Iridium's (2,500 miles on Champion's and they looked great!)
Odyssey Extreme battery PC545

2018 Sportsman® 570-T
2019 Aluma® A8818
2020 Outlander® 1000R XXC (on order, ETA mid-Sept)
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