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Preventive maintenance.
2018 Polaris Sportsman 850 Touring SP
57 hours. 300 miles.
  • polaris oil filter and 5W-50 full synthetic.
  • pulled rear wheels and hubs and used aftermarket wheel bearing greaser.
  • pulled rear skid. finally able to see the grease fittings and lube. Custom cut drain holes.
  • 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.
 
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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
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?
 

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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.
 

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Slow going. Didn’t finish.
Just greased the rears.
For the fronts, am I reading the manual correctly, I have to remove calipers, then pop off tie rod and ball joints to do this?
considering not doing the fronts yet if that’s the case.
57 hours. 300 miles.
 

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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.
 

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Definitely not cutting more around the hook.
bad spot to weaken things.

here’s how my front looks without the bash plate

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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
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?
 

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Finished with plugs and air filter.
added heat shield.
I believe it was a recall prior to 2018.
still gets damn hot.

shouldn’t be an issue reflecting the heat back to motor and components?

plugs were dark and dry.
gap still .35-.38

Spark plug Automotive ignition part Auto part Automotive engine part
Bumper Automotive exterior Auto part Tire Automotive tire
Automotive exterior Bumper Auto part
Auto part Tire Suspension Vehicle Brake
 
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I have a nice thick metal plate I can put in there.
I don’t want to take the IB skid off.
so there is metal between the IB and the engine I can just screw it into?
 

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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.
 

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I did install them. And now will take them off because I don’t recall that metal.
Is yours a touring?
 

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Nice. So she’s good to go?
 

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Adjusted my kids suspension to the softest setting. He weighs 60 pounds.
launched it and bent a tie rod.

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Wheels were packed with snow, ice, and mud.
so I decided to grab Mr. Heater cabinet heater and throw on high.
come out ten minutes later and the damn hub cap melted right off and rest of tire and wheel were hot as can be.
Dummy.
 
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Trying these also. Lower profile.
Interesting how one product says it will fit Machine A and B. Next product says it won’t fit B but will fit A and C.

then they both should fit ABC.

These vendors are missing a lot of Sportsman business.
 

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Seems like a small container.

Any source for bulk!? I like to change every other Ride.
 

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Great timing.

My Touring 850 has been on a tender after each ride the past week. Tender says fully charged.
Digital display says 12.0 when i turn key on.
11.7 when crank.
14.4 running.
Seems to start just fine, but I know the EPS light (over current code) came and went before i started using the tender.

Have NOT had a chance to melt the snow and pull the fender to check the stator wires yet.

need a new battery or nah?
 

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Discussion Starter · #47 · (Edited)
She’s been in the garage a few weeks and I use it on and off.
 
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