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Thanks to advice from this forum, I changed the electric starter out on my recently acquired 06 450 Sportsman. It put up a bit of a fight but I got it out with some judicious use of newly made up obscenities and twisting and pulling. I put a bolt in the lower position with a shorter head height which made installing the new one quite a bit easier. Now onto the wheel bearings. Will freezing the bearings be enough to allow the new ones to slip into place or will some force still be necessary? I made a bearing press for dirtbikes using heavy threaded rod, flat washers and repurposing of my impact sockets. I figured something similar would probably work for the ATV as well.
 

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I put the bearings in the freezer, and heat the housing with a torch. Still requires some persuasion though.
 

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I just replaced all the bearings on 2 sportsman's, I had them in the freezer and sprayed them with wd40 and they all went in easy breezy, but I used a 12 ton press which I bought from HF for only 112.00.
 

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Make sure to add water resistant grease to the bearings. They dont have enough from the manufacturer to make it very far.

Sent from West 'By-God' Virginia!
 
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