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Preventive maintenance.
2018 Polaris Sportsman 850 Touring SP
57 hours. 300 miles.

  • cut Pre marked drain holes in my Iron Baltic skid plates. Going to be much easier to keep clean.
  • pulled belt cover (what FPITA that is. Have to remove plastics also if you want to change belt. Belt looked brand new. Not even dust or shavings in the cover. No evidence of water intrusion.
  • cut front skid to access tow hook. Might work, probably not a big enough hole.
Tomorrow. Changing fluids early. Meant to do around 25 hours
  • pull front wheels and pack bearings
  • lube all front grease fittings
  • change rear diff fluid
  • change front diff fluid
  • change transmission fluid
  • change ADC fluid.
  • button her back up so my wife can have her side of the garage back
Spark plugs this weekend when they come in.
Sad you have to pull plastic for that crap.
what's changed on the 18's that you have to pull plastics to remove cover or belt?The 15 is a PITA but the cover does come off without pulling plastics.More of a PITA is getting the driven clutch off(WTF)
I dont think cutting the IB skid is gonna give you usable access to the hook.Isnt that part of the skid a double layer of IB ?Let me know how it works out ,Id love to have the hook back with the skids.
I still havent got the IBs back on the new bike.Got used to not having them on.Mattinance and cleaning are SOOOO much easier.But I do want to get them back on
 

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not sure what has changed.
seems the top two bolts that were a pain come out easily with the seat off. Then you have to remove the sub frame.
maybe because it is a Touring?
Yes. Double plastic up front. I would have to keep cutting. No idea why IB says just cut that small portion and it works.
I also can’t install the front bash plate due to the ATV Guru bumper.

How do you protect your oil filter?
Id have to take another look at mine but even cutting the piece out (unless you take out alot) you would not have enough room to get a hook in there.
The ATV GURU has a shorty bumper . That and 2 new holes in the bash plate works for the GURU and IB combo. Theres a full write up on the forum on how to do it.(I forget who wrote it up)
The oil filter was protected using the metal Round plate that was protecting the filter with the stock skids.
 

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I think I wrote it up LOL.
My bumper has the lower portion so it interferes with adding the bash plate.
I screwed the stock oil filter plate in.
apparently it didn’t want to stay.
Thats was a good write up.Worked for me.
I did a couple extra things like camphor the plastic around the winch opening so it had a smoother edge
and recessed the oil plate with a router so it didnt snag on anything. Then I filled tin the front wheelwell where it met the IBs.IMO it was a GREAT BIG mud catcher..Used some 3" pipe insulation and it probably took out 90% of the crap that gout up n therer
If you want the shorty ,just cut the bottom half off.Thats all john does.
 

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Thanks!
Good ideas. I will have to do that for the oil filter cover.
did you just screw the bolts into the IB plastic?

I paid extra for the longer bumper instead of buying the shorty.
not sure if the current bumper gives more or less protection than the IB bash plate.
Bottom two bolts of the current bumper are impossible to bolt in.
may get a length of threaded rod and put from one end to the other.
i just took a look at the hook area on the IB. Hopefully you didn't start cutting because there is no way a hook is gonna get in there without cutting a lot of the bottom also skid.
The oil plate went right back in the stock screw holes

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yep I cut already. Looks like crap but you can’t see it without being under it.
In the stock screw holes?
not sure I understand.
you have the IB over them. You lined it up well enough or did you route it deep?
Just took a look..I used a 3.5" hole saw for he oil plate. Then camfered the edges over with router (IMO just less of a chance to catch somthing) With that said make your hole whatever size your Oil filter wrench is. Theres enough clearance for a 4" then your into the metal backing on the iron baltic
 

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Looks like that meta is what faces the engine?
If so, is that part of the skid or the ATV?
Wouldn’t you recess/route the area facing the ground?

thanks.
yes it is the part that faces up heres the other side..Its part of the Iron Baltics. Just a wild guess but Im guessing you did not install your IB's
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How do you know if it’s going bad? And this is on the primary? …I believe mine is 1 of thoss cheapo ebay clutches, it’s definitely not a Polaris but i got the quad about 1-1/2 years ago now, didn’t have it back together until about last august-September I stripped it to the frame from the clutches back and replaced u joints on axles, prop shaft, engine mounts in rear @ bottom replaced all fluids and bushings in back so far and shocks. I ask because im not sure if it’s the lack of weight or too much or whatever makes it engage/disengage etc and at what rpm or how to alter these numbers and im also not sure how often they are lasting except by your guys posts of them. Looks like a god forsaken nightmare to do lol
Yes its on the primary. Freewheeling downhill,Hard shifting,creeping and whining noise are a good sign.But they can also be signs of clutch alignment. Pull the cover,does it say polaris on the clutch?start the bike.Does the belt ride in the center of the primary?Pull the belt.Does the belt have chunks cracks,glazing?(Replace belt)
in between the primary sheaves grab the one way bearing,does it spin in one direction,( (y) )or both directions((n)).And to add to that My last one spun in one direction but it was shot:cautious:
What bike are you working on?
 

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Not sure…thats off 502…i do know at the 1st water crossing after crossing u make right and will come out around montage so im sure there’s a way..hell i can get from nanticoke to carbondale with a few switches of trails…it’s a heck of a ride rho especially with a passenger and my son hears it start hes out tue door before I have my helmet on 🤣🤣🤣
Yep off 502 And you probably already know,pretty much everything between scranton lake & the reservoirs is PINCHOT STATE FOREST ,6,176.01 acres.There might be some trail maps here Gifford Pinchot National Forest - OHV Riding & Camping
Ecoregion Map Green World Natural environment
 

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So back on here..lol I wound up at burger king lolol..left wallet in truck 🤣…do u know by any chance the 800 trail everyone calls it?supposedly u start un pittston?i live in old forge i don’t know how to get to it tho
Not a clue. Ill ask a couple guys that ride out of Wilkes-Barre. It goes from pittston to PSF? or to SGL 91 then to PSF?
 

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I'm a lil bitch to my electric bill and I refuse to turn on my AC until June. There has been warm days here and there but the last week and a half has been brutal and into the 90's. I put a mattress in my basement and have slept there the last couple of nights. My living room has been sitting at 89 degrees the last 2 days in the evening. I turned my AC on for the 1st time last Wednesday and it would barely cool anything down. It turns out that the bottom condenser coil ran right over top of a compressor line and have been slowly rubbing for 21 years. The aluminum coil line finally rubbed through and it was in an area that a guaranteed fix wasn't really possible. It was a Trane unit and has been outstanding for all this time until now. Trane & American Standard are literally the exact units built on the exact assy. line together. The difference is the final outside body color and badging at the end of the assy. line. Hopefully I'm good again for another couple of decades or more.
Oh hell no.Ill pay that elec as long as Im not hot.I work outside and I have no intention of being hot when i get home.We're in the 70s & 80s and my airs been on a month.As soon as the pine pollen starts in may ,the AC is on. This is from a couple years ago but it's the same every year.You just look anywhere and it looks like a green dust storm
 

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I hear you Duse. It’s 8:30pm and a nice brisk 97 outside. I get home from work and the AC gets turned down from 77 to 76 , and down to 75 when I head to bed.

I’m in the sun, rain, cold, you name it. I work when most mail men don’t. Gotta get that gas delivered.
Hell yeah,,,About the same temps here,78 at 04;30 am 76 4:30 pm ,75 at 9;30 pm
 
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