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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-05-2001, 08:31 AM
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Why are Polaris machines so heavy?

Why are Polaris machines so heavy, particularly the Trail Blazer and the Scrambler models? these machines look like they could be competitive until you look at the weight of them. what could you do to them to make them any lighter? i was just browsing there website and couldnt believe how much heavier they are...for instance a 2001 Yamaha Blaster weighs in at 320 lbs. The Polaris Trail Blazer (the 250cc 2 stroke) weighs in at 461 lbs. Just wondering...

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 03-05-2001, 08:42 AM
 
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Re: Why are Polaris machines so heavy?

i think one reason is because the frames are a mild steel instead of the lighter chromoly steel most frames are...and the have stell rims as oppposed to aluminum

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Re: Why are Polaris machines so heavy?

they come with steel rims from the factory? jeez thats kinda stupid. looks like they would try to be a bit more competitive. how much weight do you think aluminum rims would save over the steel rims?

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Re: Why are Polaris machines so heavy?

ive heard around 40lbs which is alot!

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Re: Why are Polaris machines so heavy?

yeah 40 pounds is alot of weight to come off just the rims. i just like they way they look and its sad to think they are so heavy! oh well i am just dreaming anyway, i know my next quad is going to be a Warrior or maybe a Raptor, if my little lady will allow a "next" one :-)

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Re: Why are Polaris machines so heavy?

Does the auto tranny add some extra weight??

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Re: Why are Polaris machines so heavy?

the auto tranny would probably add a little bit of weight, i hadnt really thought about though. between the rims and the difference in frame material and the auto tranny though i guess is close to 150lbs which is about the weight difference between them and the other quads.

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Re: Why are Polaris machines so heavy?

I don't think the trans makes much of a difference, only because the weight is less for the engine being there is no trans in the engine, they are heavy, but also very stable, the struts up front make them heavier as does the foot boards, and the complete steel bash plate that is under the whole machine. It all adds up.

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Re: Why are Polaris machines so heavy?

yeah i guess all that weight adds up to the difference. do all model Polaris' come with a steel bash plate under the whole machine or is it an option? thanks

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post #10 of (permalink) Old 03-12-2001, 12:13 AM
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Re: Why are Polaris machines so heavy?

I have a 2000 traiklblazer , and yes all polairis spors model quads come with a skid plate , and the weight defenately comes from the trans , it has a snowmobile trans

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