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Hello all. A western New York grumpy old diesel technician (fancy for mechanic) here. I have recently made my first ATV purchase. It’s a 1996 sportsman 400 4x4 two stroke. It really was owned by an grandpa that only drove it on weekends. After 25 years of moderate use it needs some attention and a few new pieces. Hopefully you all don’t get tired of my questions. I have no owners manual so I don’t have any other place to look for answers. It’s not a Cat or Deere diesel so I’m a little lost. Anyway thank you in advance
 

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Welcome! Hopefully someone can get you a manual here soon!!
 
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Another western New Yorker. Second one today. How could we get annoyed by questions? It’s what we’re here for!!
 

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Hello all. A western New York grumpy old diesel technician (fancy for mechanic) here. I have recently made my first ATV purchase. It’s a 1996 sportsman 400 4x4 two stroke. It really was owned by an grandpa that only drove it on weekends. After 25 years of moderate use it needs some attention and a few new pieces. Hopefully you all don’t get tired of my questions. I have no owners manual so I don’t have any other place to look for answers. It’s not a Cat or Deere diesel so I’m a little lost. Anyway thank you in advance
From one grumpy diesel guy to another, welcome. Just so happens I sold my 94 -400 about 10 months ago. Had it for 20 years. You came to the right place.
 

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From one grumpy diesel guy to another, welcome. Just so happens I sold my 94 -400 about 10 months ago. Had it for 20 years. You came to the right place.
The first thing I would do is change the oil in the counter balance. If you take the seat off, stand on the right side, with a flash light, look down as fare as you can. You will see a knob that has a s crew driver slot. That is the counter balance dip stick. VERY Important!
 

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Hello all. A western New York grumpy old diesel technician (fancy for mechanic) here. I have recently made my first ATV purchase. It’s a 1996 sportsman 400 4x4 two stroke. It really was owned by an grandpa that only drove it on weekends. After 25 years of moderate use it needs some attention and a few new pieces. Hopefully you all don’t get tired of my questions. I have no owners manual so I don’t have any other place to look for answers. It’s not a Cat or Deere diesel so I’m a little lost. Anyway thank you in advance
You can get repair/shop manuals from Clymer books.
 

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Hello all. A western New York grumpy old diesel technician (fancy for mechanic) here. I have recently made my first ATV purchase. It’s a 1996 sportsman 400 4x4 two stroke. It really was owned by an grandpa that only drove it on weekends. After 25 years of moderate use it needs some attention and a few new pieces. Hopefully you all don’t get tired of my questions. I have no owners manual so I don’t have any other place to look for answers. It’s not a Cat or Deere diesel so I’m a little lost. Anyway thank you in advance
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Oldhunter1 fluid changes are on my list. I’m sure it’s been many years since it was done. I was planning to start a post in the correct thread to ask about fluid types I need. I also have one hub that makes not so nice noises when engaging the awd. Drive chains need to be replaced also. A few little things and it should serve my intended purpose just fine. I’m getting too old to be dragging deer out of the woods by hand. Although I feel it’s part of the hunt it just hurts too much anymore
 

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What’s wrong with it? That thing looks nicer than new!
 

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From one grumpy diesel guy to another, welcome. Just so happens I sold my 94 -400 about 10 months ago. Had it for 20 years. You came to the right place.
Good luck finding all the parts needed for a chains and sprockets replacement. I have a 96 6x6 an it took almost a year to sorce all the parts.
 

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Hello all. A western New York grumpy old diesel technician (fancy for mechanic) here. I have recently made my first ATV purchase. It’s a 1996 sportsman 400 4x4 two stroke. It really was owned by an grandpa that only drove it on weekends. After 25 years of moderate use it needs some attention and a few new pieces. Hopefully you all don’t get tired of my questions. I have no owners manual so I don’t have any other place to look for answers. It’s not a Cat or Deere diesel so I’m a little lost. Anyway thank you in advance
owners manuals are fre for download online
 

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Polaris Demand drive fluid in the front hubs, Polaris agl in the front gear case (more commonly known as a diff although that’s incorrect) Polaris agl in the transmission which Is pretty much another gear case. Atf can be used in the front hubs and a regular 80-90 gear oil can be used the the gear case and transmission although I recommend running the Polaris stuff.
 
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