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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-15-2002, 10:54 PM
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hard steering polaris

Anybody else out there had any problems with really stiff steering on a 2000 sportsman 500. Even in 2WD this takes just about everything I've got to crank this thing from right to left under about 10 MPH. The only way I can get it to even free up a little bit is to run the front tire pressure up to about 20 pounds. Any ideas?
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 11-20-2002, 06:45 PM
 
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Re: hard steering polaris

I sure do my 1999 sportsman steers like a tank. Hope someone can help.
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post #3 of (permalink) Old 11-26-2002, 07:37 AM
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Re: hard steering polaris

Steering problems? I had a 2000 sportsman also, and it did turn very hard! The only cure for it is to buy a 2001 or newer sportsman.. Polaris had installed a bearing on the steering shaft and this allowed for much easier steering..
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 11-26-2002, 04:46 PM
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Re: hard steering polaris

The new polaris has a bearing on the steering shaft that makes it easy to steer, or is there a bearing that can be put on the 2000? I did'nt understand your answer. I cant figure out what to do with this thing, I mean this thing is so stiff that after about an hour of just toolin through the woods your arms start to hurt so bad that it pretty much takes all the enjoyment out of riding.
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Re: hard steering polaris

All that I am aware of is that bearing set-up is only available to the 2001 and newer sportsman...You'd have to ask the dealer if you can install the bearing kit or if you have to purchase a whole new steering shaft. Have you checked your alignment on the front?
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Re: hard steering polaris

Thats a real good question. How do I go about checking it, I guess the dealer is the only way? If there is an easy way to check it or measure how much toe it should have let me know. Thanks.
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Different Tires make mine steer nice

I went from stock tires to a vampire 27" and the big knobbies have less surface area on the ground, which makes the steering very easy now to steer. I would stay with the 25" tires thought because with the big 27"'s once you get it is very easty to break an axle.
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Re: hard steering polaris

I have a 1998 Polaris Sportsman 500 that is incredibly tough to steer. At some points it takes all my strength to turn from one way to the other at low speeds. I guess there is a bushing on the steering shaft that wears out easily and basically controls the ease of steering, but it is very tough to get to. I hope that helps!
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