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New Guy With Maintenance Question

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New Guy (Polaris Sportsman 850 xp)

Hello Everybody,

I pick up my 2013 Sportsman 850 (red) this Saturday. It's my first ATV, and it's been 4 years in the making (saving money, consulting the wife, waiting for the right time, etc., etc.). I really wanted the stealth black, but they were all either too far away, or too expensive.

I have spent the weeks since I picked it out reading the manual, learning about maintenance issues, the break-in period, and it's features. I have ridden every ATV out there, but this is the first one I have owned and been responsible for.

I am going to try to learn how to do the basics on my own (changing oil, filters, greasing parts, etc.).

What would I expect to pay to have my dealer do basic maintenance things of this nature (service checks, oil changes, fluid checks/changes, brake pads, etc.). I just want to weigh if it's worth learning to do on my own or not.

Also, do ATV tires need to be rotated like a vehicles do? I haven't come across that in the manual yet.

Thank you in advance for your input.
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Buy the Polaris OEM shop manual. There is a wealth of info in them and it will give you a better understanding of how the different parts of your machine works. Even if you don't do your own repairs, just having a basic understanding will enable you to better communicate with your mechanic. As a side note: TIP said that the rear axle is solid, it isn't. It's a fully independent rear axle. He may have meant that there is no differential and both wheels are locked together. The only exception are the machines, like my '08 Model T, that have the "turf mode" in which you can lock/unlock the rear wheels from each other, allowing them to turn independently of each other.
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