Thanks for the insight Thomasj.
VERY well said ThomasJ......those are the facts! I really like Polaris but I too call a spade........ a spade!I dont know why everbody attacks somebody for being pissed about Polaris machines not holding up. SO WHAT if he rode it hard or in mud or water or what ever. FACT IS Polaris Sportsmans (XP or not) do not hold up as well as a Grizzly, King Quad, or Rincons (not including trans on the rincon). Im talking chassis problems. I work at a Polaris dealer. I work with Polaris EVERY day and its non stop repairs on all the items the OP is ranting about.
The dealer I work at is also a Yamaha dealer. We will do 10 polaris warranty claims to every 1 for yamaha. Polaris usually points the finger at the rider saying they did something wrong. Yamaha has even taken care of things they shouldnt have, just so they dont have a bad customer. Im the mechanic who actually does the work. Im not just slamming polaris. I bought a 2010 550 and an 11 800. Im thinking about getting a 850 HO now that the breather issue seems to be worked out. I currently own a polaris.
To the OP, you are 100% justified in your complaint. 1100 miles would not even put a dent in a grizz or king quad. These machines do not start to see this sort of problems until upwards of 2500 miles. Its so bad that when a Polaris comes in on trade and has more than 2000 miles it goes directly to the Auction cause it cost too much to fix everthing thats wrong. A Grizz or king comes in at 2000 miles it might need a tie rod end or a wheel bearing at most. The high mileages Polaris machines are downright floppy. Loose wheel bearings, a-arm bushings, tie rod ends, ball joints, U-joints and drive shaft yokes. The yokes are soo loose by 2000 miles you have to buy a whole new drive shaft. I could go on and on but I think ive pretty much said how it is.
And all of you taking about grease, The grizzly or king quad have no grease fittings. If you take a sportsman, Grizzly, and King quad and run them in the same trail, mud, water, sand, baby them, abuse the snot out of them. The Polaris will be the first to have problems. You could probly repair those problem and it will have them again before the Grizz or king have a single issue.
People who say they have zero problems with your Sportsmans are either lying or never ride them. I (and other people around here) USE their machines. Trails of mud, rocks, water, sand, dust, snow, ice you name it. Its what these machines are made for. Do you really think a machine needs locked 4wd with low range, twelve inches of ground clearance and 77hp so you can plow some dam snow, pull a cart with some wood, or go hunting, ect? People who RIDE there polaris machines will always need to fix them and thats the way it is.
All you guys out west riding the deserts and open mountain trails with twelve tanks of extra fuel and water, you mileage does not count for obvious reasons.
Again, I ride polaris. I like the machines, I like the handling and ride. I also am thinking about getting an 850 HO. Im not just a polaris hater. I speak from first hand experience from the workplace and as a user. I dont mind making these minor repairs.
I wish I had footage of some of the IRATE red faced pissed off people bringing there machines back. You have to explain them that the reason there machine needs all this money dumped into it at 1500 miles is cause its the nature of a Polaris. Its either that or tell them its there fault and that would be a lie.
As having the rating of #1 selling ATV...... "You can't believe everything you read on the internet!!"I have a 2012 850 xp eps with around 9 hrs and about 70 miles ...that being said now i'm like s.o.b i thought this would be average maintenance, oil change, grease,air filter etc. not an in depth wrenching every thousand miles. Is there not aftermarket ball joints,bushings,bearings etc. that would extend the life of these parts?...even if its a premium price for the parts,, i don't care , I barely have enough time to ride as is, so dont want to be working on it all the time. oorrr do i need to sell the xp accept my lossses and go get the yama grizzly?
Well...when I had to change out my front right wheel bearing in my 2006, I asked here for which brand to get (got no answer) and googled it. About the best comments I found was "these last as long as OEM and are cheaper." That said, I don't know how you can blame Polaris for a bearing going bad if there is not one that stands out as being noticeably better. Also, I have worked on a friend's Yamaha ATV. When done, I had a hard time aligning the front end so it would drive acceptably due to all the slop in the front end. I know all his tie rod ends had slop in them...I don't know if any of it was caused by anything else.I have a 2012 850 xp eps with around 9 hrs and about 70 miles ...that being said now i'm like s.o.b i thought this would be average maintenance, oil change, grease,air filter etc. not an in depth wrenching every thousand miles. Is there not aftermarket ball joints,bushings,bearings etc. that would extend the life of these parts?...even if its a premium price for the parts,, i don't care , I barely have enough time to ride as is, so dont want to be working on it all the time. oorrr do i need to sell the xp accept my lossses and go get the yama grizzly?
I have a 2010 850 touring.. same grease points etc.. I have the identical # of miles on mine.. I've worked my pwr steering and suspension hard for plenty of big slow rocky miles and have hit my share of mud and water (though I don't necc go looking for it).. All I can say is my battery - bushings - bearings etc are still like new..
Battery goes on a tender every winter and all grease points get a shot every 200km's whether in water or not..
No one on the forum can possibly know how the poster rides..Only he knows, so I won't make assumptions.. Just sayin'.. if you jump it - sink it - hit every mud hole you can find and spin the tires at 6000rpm without mods.. Its gonna cost you.. No one ever said, spend $9 or $10k and you're done.. Its a pay to play hobbie.. It will never stop costing you money until you sell it..