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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 04-20-2019, 06:51 AM Thread Starter
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Polaris never again Sportsman Etx

Polaris is the biggest pos brand you can buy. I will never own another one.
2015 Sportsman Etx 963 miles 115 hours.
Issues in the last two years and continuing

Voltage rectifier replaced
Fuel pump failed during ride
Winch wiring shorted out on frame (dealer install)
All 4 corners have play if you press in and out in top of the tire
Clunking noises involving rear end slop when hitting bumps or using the rear brakes
Battery strap broke on ride and it rubbed the front driveshaft

Now the 1 year old rectifier will not charge the battery when the quad is started without revving it up and watching for it to kick in with a multimeter. Then it will charge at idle
And now the fkin motor is leaking oil at the front, behind or around the motor mount bracket

F polaris.
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Ok so you need new bushings more than likely. The winch isnít Polaris fault itís your fault for letting the dealer install it. The oil leak could be simple. A battery strap? I mean that could happen to any brand. Voltage regulators are common on the Polaris so that is for sure a Polaris issue. Did Polaris cover any of the other stuff?


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Sounds like you got a bad one. Don't mean they all are though. Your dealer hasn't been any help?
You should probably just go get a Honda.
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Every manufacturer has lemons. You take that chance any time you buy something. Donít let one bad apple ruin your experience.


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A friend of mine had the output shaft of his 2010 Honda 500 Rancher break requiring complete engine disassembly to replace - should he not buy Honda anymore? He also had the rectifier, alternator, one front drive shaft, winch and other parts fail since it was new. He did not abandon the brand, he just bought a 2018 TRX500FA7 Rubicon 500 Deluxe Auto DCT EPS - figures if it lasts the same amount of time as the old one with more repairs than the old one, then it will be worth the investment. But, he doesn't use it just for fun, it is for working on the farm. It will go places the 4WD truck won't, is easier to navigate in tight situations and easier to retrieve when it breaks. If you are using the quad strictly for recreation, you can expect more repairs than one used for a specific purpose.

Did you ever over rev the engine? Did you ever let it sit and idle for more than 5 minutes? Did you ever 'jump' with it or 'pull wheelies'? Dis you ever run it at top speed for more than 500 feet? Did you ever take through mud deeper than 8 inches for more than about 20 feet? Did it ever not get washed after a mud outing? If yes, then it was abused. Abused vehicles need repairs more often.

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Did you ever over rev the engine? Did you ever let it sit and idle for more than 5 minutes? Did you ever 'jump' with it or 'pull wheelies'? Dis you ever run it at top speed for more than 500 feet? Did you ever take through mud deeper than 8 inches for more than about 20 feet? Did it ever not get washed after a mud outing? If yes, then it was abused. Abused vehicles need repairs more often.
Over rev, no
Idle, no besides testing stator and reg
no the suspension won't handle the weight
not enough power to wheelie
Top speed for 500 feet, no it is a Polaris it would probably catch on fire
mud 8" 20 ft, that is abuse? Lol
I wash it every time

i found out something interesting today though with my charging problem.
The dealer I had work on my quad in 2016 stole my brand new voltage regulator I installed and replaced it with one that had the red power wire spliced. The soldered splice went bad. The one I put on was brand new

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Did you ever over rev the engine? Did you ever let it sit and idle for more than 5 minutes? Did you ever 'jump' with it or 'pull wheelies'? Dis you ever run it at top speed for more than 500 feet? Did you ever take through mud deeper than 8 inches for more than about 20 feet? Did it ever not get washed after a mud outing? If yes, then it was abused. Abused vehicles need repairs more often.
If that's the case then 100% of ATV's are abused.Sounds like lawyer talk
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You are almost right - 99.5% of all ATV's are abused - most on purpose and some not intentionally - only a few are used as intended by the manufacturer - abuse includes; infrequent oil changes, incorrect tire pressure, washing with a high pressure washer, not washing, failure to follow the recommended maintenance intervals and even failure to read the owners manual.

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What is the fascination with wheelies?

Washing after every ride is adking for electrical issues. Did you dielectric grease every connection?

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Did you ever over rev the engine? Did you ever let it sit and idle for more than 5 minutes? Did you ever 'jump' with it or 'pull wheelies'? Dis you ever run it at top speed for more than 500 feet? Did you ever take through mud deeper than 8 inches for more than about 20 feet? Did it ever not get washed after a mud outing? If yes, then it was abused. Abused vehicles need repairs more often.
Over rev, no
Idle, no besides testing stator and reg
no the suspension won't handle the weight
not enough power to wheelie
Top speed for 500 feet, no it is a Polaris it would probably catch on fire
mud 8" 20 ft, that is abuse? Lol
I wash it every time

i found out something interesting today though with my charging problem.
The dealer I had work on my quad in 2016 stole my brand new voltage regulator I installed and replaced it with one that had the red power wire spliced. The soldered splice went bad. The one I put on was brand new
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This voltage regulator issue sounds fishy to me. The red wire has a bad solder joint, but when rev up the bike it started to charge? Why would the dealer working on the regulator if you had already replaced it.

i found out something interesting today though with my charging problem.
The dealer I had work on my quad in 2016 stole my brand new voltage regulator I installed and replaced it with one that had the red power wire spliced. The soldered splice went bad. The one I put on was brand new[/QUOTE]

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