This was done on a 2007 sportsman 500 X2, but if the starter is on top of your motor it should be very similar.
After lots of searching i found people saying a couple different ways to get the starter out. The easiest way was to remove the starter below the airbox. So i did that today.
Polaris wanted $80 for the rebuild kit, or $400 for a new one. DB Electrical has rebuilt ones for $43 w/ free shipping
. Polaris starter # 3084981
No fancy tools needed just a 10mm wrench, pliers, hammer, screwdriver and a torx t25.
First off disconnect your ground. remove your seat and un bolt your airbox. You will see the starter on top of the motor.
Next you will need to loosen off all the hose clamps for both breathing tubes and any other tubes or wires in your way. It will be very self explanatory.
You will need the torx t-25 bit to move the brake fluid filler tube out of the way. 2 bolts.
Moved the brake fluid filler.
The starter is only held in with 2 10mm bolts. The one on the left will be too long to pull out while in the machine so you need to back it out as far as it will go.
Screw too long to come out.
The starter itself will be pressure fitted in so i used a long screwdriver and a hammer. And hit the end of the screwdriver from the right side of the machine to push it out till it was loose.
Then turn the starter to the right, or towards the other hole. It will all come out together.
That is it.. probably took 30 mins. not even.
done.. awaiting new starter.
Starter arrived in less then a week. Install was the same but reverse.
My shop... glad it decided to snow today. :P