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Hey Guys! I'm going to start a thread here to document the mods I add to my 18' SP 850. I have done the first few mods already but I am waiting for some parts later this week and next to finish most of what I will do for this year. I have noticed that this forum is sorta..."business" only and people don't really shoot the shit and mess around much. Well feel free to do some of that in here because I don't understand being uptight on a forum that's about learning and sometimes asking dumb questions:eek

Right now I have the front and rear polaris bumpers on, as well as the 3500 rapid recovery winch. That rear bumper is a PIA getting the bottom screws into the connection plate...oh well I managed!


Coming from Babbitts already on its way
- Throttle warmer
- Grip Warmers (national backorder have to wait another couple weeks)
- Front/Rear A-arm guards

Sitting in the mailbox and I have to go get
-ODI lock grips with red rings and black grip

Coming in the next week or so..
-Battle Torn graphics kit

I ordered the updated cold weather relays because I had a huge PIA with my Ranger 900 holding a charge and starting in cold, but when I looked at mine today they were all the updated ones, so I am canceling those. On that note, I will be hooking up a fulltime CTEK connection to keep the battery tended at all times!

Next winter I plan on adding a plow, I think I will be going with a Boss V, which might also get me adding HD front springs or something similar.
I also want to add the center brake light, and will be doing that this summer probably. Want to add some more lighting at some point too, but won't be rushing into that as I will very rarely be out at night.

Will probably be reaching out on here for help with wiring ideas and whatnot.


Not sure why pics are all sideways! :1zhelp:

Enjoy and feel free to offer advice or suggestions! I've never owned a quad before.
 

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Looks good! I have the same bike only it’s not an SP. I have the front bumper and rear rack extenders on mine. I also have a 12” combo flood/spot light bar on front. I want to add the rear bumper but haven’t pulled the trigger on it yet. Next i will be changing tires. The stock tires SUCK for wear. Not sure what I’ll go with yet but will be ordering before summer and hard riding season starts.


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Looks good! I have the same bike only it’s not an SP. I have the front bumper and rear rack extenders on mine. I also have a 12” combo flood/spot light bar on front. I want to add the rear bumper but haven’t pulled the trigger on it yet. Next i will be changing tires. The stock tires SUCK for wear. Not sure what I’ll go with yet but will be ordering before summer and hard riding season starts.


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Thanks! How are you liking yours? I found a leftover 18' or else I would have probably been on a smaller quad due to budget. Wanted the power steering and stuff so the wife can ride it no problem.

How does the 12 inch bar work, plenty of light?


I traditionally would go right at my tires and get something beefier...but I am going to need to do some yard work this spring so I am going to hold off on that until I get a feel for things. Do you ride mud or usually trails?
 

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I love mine. It’s a 17. I got a steal of a deal on it back in September of 17.

The light bar does pretty good. Lights up plenty of area in front of me. I also forgot to add I did the third brake light and LOVE that mod. Way more visible from the rear.


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I didn’t want the PS simply because my 06 500 doesn’t have it and didn’t want to spoil myself on the 850 then never ride the 500.


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Just ordered a KPI 2 inch hitch. I didn't like the idea of an adapter, and this hitch seems to do the trick, and have a nice solid mounting https://www.kfiproducts.com/101490-polaris-sportsman/scrambler-rear-2-receiver.html
I will be towing a compost spreader and maybe smaller utility trailer in the future.

Also put in an order for a Dusty Dawg rear carrier. I will use it to take a couple of my smaller dogs around the property, but also chainsaws and wood etc... Lead time will probably be 2-3 weeks from now, but I'm excited and it will be here just in time for the snow melt hopefully.
 

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So I installed the throttle warmer today, need to get my heat gun from town to finish the shrink on the thumb, but all wired and runs correctly.

Question though: I went to the orange/white wire running to the cig outlet. Is that okay? Instructions say to find the white and orange and put the red to it so I did. But what happens when I need to add the grip warmers or lights? I can't keep adding to that same wire can I? I noticed a brown/red wire shrink wrapped at the end with nothing on it and also maybe a full orange one right next to it. What are those for? I can't find anything online.

If anyone has any info on wiring more attachments, photos would be especially helpful or links to other similar projects (not old ones that are different looking and will just confuse me thanks) that would be very welcome.


Attached pics just show the kit and final button.
 

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Just a heads up on the hand warmers. I had the Odi lock on grips on mine too. Then when I added the Polaris hand warmers the Odi grips were not able to go over the stick on warmers. They were to tight. I had to go back to my stock grips. Let me know if it works for you.
 

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Just FYI, I think all the newer machines come with a buss bar under the hood by the battery since everyone wants to add more electrical stuff. I will have to look at my 850 in the morning to be sure. If it doesn't have one, you should be able to add one to make hooking up accessories easier.

I have hand warmers for mine waiting for me to put them on. I went right to tires since I don't trust the OEM ones on the trails. 26" BearClaw HTRs all around. I have 325 machines for around the yard and a Ranger for the wife with her garden and flower beds. I am afraid the 850 will tear up the yard no matter what tires are on it.
 

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Just a heads up on the hand warmers. I had the Odi lock on grips on mine too. Then when I added the Polaris hand warmers the Odi grips were not able to go over the stick on warmers. They were to tight. I had to go back to my stock grips. Let me know if it works for you.
Do you know if you had the 130, or 120 sized ones? I bought the 130 based off some things I had read online. I still have them all set and should be able to return them if they won't fit.

Thanks for the warning!!

Just FYI, I think all the newer machines come with a buss bar under the hood by the battery since everyone wants to add more electrical stuff. I will have to look at my 850 in the morning to be sure. If it doesn't have one, you should be able to add one to make hooking up accessories easier.

I have hand warmers for mine waiting for me to put them on. I went right to tires since I don't trust the OEM ones on the trails. 26" BearClaw HTRs all around. I have 325 machines for around the yard and a Ranger for the wife with her garden and flower beds. I am afraid the 850 will tear up the yard no matter what tires are on it.
The buss bar is good to know! I will look for that as well. I am very hesitant to mess with much electrical even if it is simple so hopefully there is already one installed. Do I just run the power and ground wires from each accessory to those? Thanks! EDIT: I just looked I don't see one. I might not be looking at the right stuff though? I might need to add one I guess.

On my ranger I had some nice turf tires, sold them with the ranger but should have kept them. I think at some point I will get another set, and then get some 8ply put on the stock wheels for trails. Just too many different things at once. I will probably wait a few months before doing that though.
 

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Yeah, it can be that easy...maybe. Usually the key on power is hooked up but the battery and ground are not. If you add a winch, then you have to run the cables from the battery anyway. For most of the accessories you will want the key on power source. You can always just run a ground wire off one of the buss bar terminals to a good chassis ground. On the 850, the battery is up front there anyway so it should be simple.

If we need to add a buss bar connection, then one wire off that orange/white one to the terminal on the buss bar and we have the 12v key on power source. Battery hot to another terminal and ground to the third.

I know the new Rangers come with everything wired under the hood and ready for a plug in accessory
 

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Installed my 2 inch hitch today. Turns out it doesn't fit with the Polaris bumper. The hitch is more important to me however so I will be keeping the bumper off. Plus there is that tiny bar polaris puts on that will protect the center a little incase I hit something. Or maybe someone knows another good option! Polaris rear bumper is now for sale though, will be posting to craigslist later this week.

Attaching a picture that somehow went sideways again, does anyone know how to fix that?!

Need to tighten the lower bolt just a bit more when I snapped the picture but it is on tight and wont be going anywhere. One thing to notice is that Polaris has made some subtle design changes since this was built I think. The top two bolts lined up fine, but the metal you pull the nuts to is a little bit off. You could trim a tiny bit of the hitch corners to fix this if you wanted. It isn't enough to be a problem I don't think to cause an issue for what I want to do, if I notice damage or something I will trim it.
 

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I just installed the hand warmers on my 850, which I love by the way. I was out in the bean field around the house last week doing 4 wheel drifts around corners in the snow. I got a 2018 SP in September of last year. Best deal after the new models come out the first of August. As long as the dealer has what you want on the property you can get smokin deals.

Anyway, there was no buss bar on mine. I made a ground lug on the steering inside the headlight pod and had to find another switched 12v source inside there. I did look around for a place to put a buss bar, but never decided on anything in particular.
 

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I just installed the hand warmers on my 850, which I love by the way. I was out in the bean field around the house last week doing 4 wheel drifts around corners in the snow. I got a 2018 SP in September of last year. Best deal after the new models come out the first of August. As long as the dealer has what you want on the property you can get smokin deals.

Anyway, there was no buss bar on mine. I made a ground lug on the steering inside the headlight pod and had to find another switched 12v source inside there. I did look around for a place to put a buss bar, but never decided on anything in particular.
I have my throttle warmer on and it works great so far! I am waiting on my grip warmers still but excited about it. As far as wiring, I have a buddy who does commercial electrical and I told him about what I wanted
-Nothing on the battery
-Everything has a switch

He said he can do it no problem, I am not 100% sure on how he will end up doing it though. He has a lot of experience in car electronics and off-road types too so I am excited to see what he comes up with. I'll post some pictures when he does it, but probably won't be for a few weeks until those warmers come in. Back ordered until the 18th I think?

I might add a few led lights up front as well, so will need space for those in the future.


I am going to have to rip around the snow a little bit and try some sliding too, it's getting nice out here!
 

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Not sure on the frame braces, but the pinion cover problem is supposed to have been fixed for the 2018 model year. At least that is what I have read here on the forum.
 

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Not sure on the frame braces, but the pinion cover problem is supposed to have been fixed for the 2018 model year. At least that is what I have read here on the forum.
Good to hear about the pinon cover, wasn't something I was interested in doing! The frame braces look easy enough if people are still recommending those.
 

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Went out for my first real ride today besides up and down the road to try to slowly get the break in hours up. Did about 20 miles on some snowmobile trails up in VT in and around some national forrest. Cousin lives up there so I went with him, he rides a Brute Force 750. Kept to trails mostly because there are 2-3 feet of snow off of it, but some spots were hard enough to try. Hit a high of 50 mph on the roads heading over to the trails and it felt nice and stable. These were rutted dirt roads too, not smooth.

Used the winch to pull him out a few times, he was breaking some trails and trying some hills so it was expected.

Had a blast and really like the machine over a Ranger, better in almost every way for what I want. Ordered some Iron Baltic A-Arm guards so I will be ready to go when the snow finishes melting off.
 

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