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Hi everyone. Recently bought my first ATV, a 2012 sportsman 500 and put it under water. Got stuck with the water up to the top of the tires (bottomed the frame out). Didn't shut off from water but had to turn it off to wait to be pulled out. It sat for about 2 hours in the water. Water wasn't over exhaust. Had to run it about an hour home. No water in the oil or air box. Flipped it earlier in the day so there was oil in the air box. What should I check to make sure nothing was ruined? All info and advise is appreciated. I already pulled drain plug on belt housing. It had about 5 ounces of water in it. I also cleaned the air box. Thanks in advance.
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As long as the water didn't come over the seat, ( snorkels are under seat by the fuel tank), and it wasn't over the exhaust, you should be fine. I routinly go over my tires while playing, but not over my seat.
I wouldn't be to concerned. Sounds like you have already dealt with everything that should be checked out. I have a 2010 500HO that I buried in a watery mud hole for over an hour. I was within an inch of the snorkles and have had no issues come from it. Ride on!
Welcome to the board!:med:
man that sounds like a bad day....flipped it and sunk it!!!

it sounds like you got everything in order tho

if your gonna play in the water DIELECTRIC grease your electrical connections..
Welcome to the forum!!! Sounds like your havin fun ridin the wheeler!!!!!!!!!!!!
Didn't hurt anything sitting in the water. Down here with all the rain lately we do allot riding in water a little deeper than that. As Skizmo suggested dielectric grease all connections including the spark plug boot. Also give the wheeler a good greasing. Reroute the ends of tranny & front diff vent lines into the light pod. Be sure to be in low range before jumping off into a hole to keep from smoking the belt.
I second the Dielectric grease. I use it on all the electrical connections and make sure your airbox seal is good as well. I have been in water to the bottom of seat and as long as you keep it running you should be fine. Also grease it well afterward to avoid nasty squeaking sounds.
Does yours have a recoil starter on it? I can't remember if those newer SPs have them or not. If it does, you want to make sure there's no water in there. Should have a drain plug, but you could just pull the rope all the way out and feel if it's wet. My Scrambler got water in there and froze when it got cold out, so the engine wouldn't turn over. (with either the electric or recoil starter) You probably don't need to worry much about it freezing down south but you still don't want water in there.
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