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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-07-2001, 09:56 PM Thread Starter
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We are in the market for a few ATV's and are thinking about the Polaris 4 wheelers. Would like to hear any pro's and con's about buying, using these bikes.


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Re: Polaris ATV

I have not had extreme close up play time with them...just brief play time....the others can prolly help yaa more then i can

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post #3 of (permalink) Old 08-08-2001, 01:40 AM
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Iv'e got a 2000 Trail blazer for the kids, we love it , its easy to ride , has good power , and handles real well , we dont jump it, it wont handle it very well, its to heavy, but just to run around on its great fun for every one

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 08-08-2001, 07:33 PM
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Well there is a lot of things about the Polaris's that I like. A lot of people say that the belt drive on them is a weak point, but I have really have not had any problems with it. I guess sometimes they will slip when they get wet, but I have had both of our Polaris's in some pretty deep mud and water and never have had any problems with them. I really like the suspension that Polaris has had for years. Seems like some of the other manufacturers are starting to catch up now, but Polaris seems to have had the best suspension since at least '96 on all their models. I like the push button four wheel drive on them too; there when ya need it, shut it off when ya don't want it. Only thing about that is that you need to watch those wires on the front struts, they are silaconed (sp?) in there and you don't want them to get wet at all. One other thing that Polaris has that I really like is that they are true all wheel drive, doesn't seem to affect the steering or handling much either.

There are a few things that I don't like about the Xplorer we have. First of all, it's a '96 and the problem has been fixed with the concentric drive. But anyway, the rear chain had problems because of the amount of change in chain tension when the suspension flexes. It takes a lot of adjustment and messing around with to keep all three of those chains in good adjustment and oiled good too. Another thing that is kind of a problem on the Xplorer and the Sportsman we have is the brake system. One lever controls all three calipers. Works fine except for going down really steep hills or quick stops on turns. They do make a kit so that you have control of front and rear brakes seperately, but I don't think that that would be enough myself. I think that they need more brake in back, whether it be a bigger one or another one. Either way, it would help out quite a bit.

Hope that helps out a little!

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I've had 3 polaris quads 89 250, 98 explorer 400, 01 sportsman 500HO. They are excellent quads, the new sportsman rides and even jumps like a cadilac. The brake lever is an awesome feature to me, I never need to use the floor brake, I haven't had any problems going down steep hills either. I did have chain problems in the rear of my explorer and some belt slipping but then again I beat the snot out of it and it still runs great...

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