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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-10-2019, 02:13 PM Thread Starter
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What model year

Ok. I purchased a used Sportsman 500 last year and it is along the lines of 2000 to 2001 model year to my knowledge. Iíve looked for the VIN with no luck (yes, looked on frame by front/left strut). It has EBS. From what I can tell by narrowing down based on parts from the service manual and pictures, it is a 2000 or 2001. Anyone have a good way to tell for sure what model year I have (hand controls, dash style, shift lever, etc.)? It gets difficult to buy replacement parts without knowing what I have for sure.

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Also, it is NOT the 500 HO
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The VIN will reveal the model, year, date sold, recall info and other things - why does everybody have problems with identifying their vehicles - VIN's have been around since the 80's - just give me the VIN, I'll tell you what you have.

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Latebird....as I mentioned, i canít find the VIN. I understand what a VIN is for and I wish I could find it.
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Left bottom frame rail... NOT by the strut. Its on back where the foot well starts. Under the rear of the front fender right under the front of the clutch housing unless its been ground off for some reason lol.
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Thanks. Iíve spent hours looking and yes, Iíve looked where you mentioned. That is one of my fears that it has been ground off for whatever reason but yet, I donít see any signs of grinding...lol. Anyway, back to the original question....any other way to tell?
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Call Polaris with the engine number - if the engine is original, they might be able to provide the VIN

2006 Trailboss 330
2002 Sportsman 90
2005 TRX400EX (FOR SALE)
2003 LT-Z400 (needs engine work & is for sale)
2004 CRF250X
1971 Triumph 650 Bonneville (has 5 original miles)
1972 Triumph 650 Bonneville (undergoing restoration)
1979 Honda CBX (6 cylinder)
1970 Kawasaki G3SS 90cc Bushmaster
1976 Suzuki RE5 Rotary (not running & FOR SALE)
1981 Kawasaki KZ305-A
1981 Suzuki GS450T (undergoing repair & will be for sale when done)
1982 Kawasaki KZ750-H (FOR SALE)
1989 Honda VT1100C
2007 Vectrix VCTX Electric Scooter
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1970 Triumph T25 250cc Trailblazer
1968 Triumph 250cc Flat Tracker

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I have a 2000 500 and I had trouble reading the VIN because stamping isn't very defined at all. Instead of solid numbers, it's sort of like digitized micro-dots (for lack of a better description). You might try running a piece of sandpaper over it. A previous owner might have painted the frame and covered it up.
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Also, it is NOT the 500 HO
I have a 2000 500 and I'm curious. How do you tell if it's a H.O.? What is the difference between the HO and "standard"?
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Also, it is NOT the 500 HO
I have a 2000 500 and I'm curious. How do you tell if it's a H.O.? What is the difference between the HO and "standard"?
A sticker that says "HO" lol.
If I'm not mistaken, there was no "HO" for 2000. The "HO" models came out in 2001.
The 2001 HO has a slightly larger carb (34mm vs. 40mm) and a different cam profile than the 2000. I think the 2001 is supposed to have about 5 hp over the 2000 (30 vs. 35 hp). The "HO" thing is mostly a marketing gimmick but there was some increase. There's not much real differences otherwise. I think there was a very slight gearing reduction in 2001 as well to give it a little more low end grunt.
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