Re: Polaris ATV
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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