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I bought a Polaris 500 Sportsman New in 2000 and fell in love with the Scrambler riding with a friend in West Virginia in 2004. The 2005 Scrambler 500 4x4 that I purchased has been really great for trail riding and around the cabin offroading. I put on a K&N Filter and noticed a slight gain as well as all Moose Shielding and a D&G front bumper. The only thing I would caution people on is be ready to get splashed with mudd and if you are running on road in between trails, this thing will Fly 66MPH, I have a warning ticket to prove it! I run 93Ultra in mine and add the octane boost to my 5Gal gas can. I am 6'4" 250lbs and this is the only bike that really lets me play around. No breakdowns yet, I did put new MudLite tires on and have not looked back. Grease ALL the joints on any Polaris and change the drive belt every other year. The rear chain is oiled after each use and wash. It will pull the front tires off the ground, I have mastered this and everyone always wants to ride it when they see that LOL. It has been rolled a few times and the rear rack and front bumper have really saved it. Wash all the mudd off and keep it clean between runs and you really won't have any problems. I have 3 Polaris products and really like how they hold up. Moto Alliance makes very high quality bumpers for Sportsman and their winches really hold up!
I bought my 1999 used pretty cheap. i beat on it everytime i take it out. With little maintenance it holds up great. I wouldn't advise it for an inexperienced rider because of the weight. If it gets stuck you'll definitely need a tow.
I have a 2002 Polaris Scrambler 500 2x4. Can anyone tell me where the plug for the transmission fluid is?
I have a 2005 Scrambler 500. Its an automatic - All Wheel Drive. I have noticed a knock in the casing that the transmission is in. Can anyone tell me what that is???? And can someone tell me where the dipstick is for the transmission fluid?? Thanks!
I own a 2007 Polaris Scrambler , EU Version.
This was bought after much research as to which was the right Quad for me. I wanted trail orienated machine that was capable of giving a reasnoble performance on roads as well.
The scrambler is a big bike, a full size frame with a sports body kit, it very comfortable and positive to drive and leaves you feeling very much in control both on and off road.
Performance off-road is awsome, the AWD (4 wheel auto engaging drive) , kicks in when needed and so far has made the bike unstoppable. Mud, ruts etc are easy to negotiate. It also has great ground clearence. Trails that where challenging on my previouse machine and easy on the scrambler. Becareful of the bow wave when entering water, it easly getsinto the transmisson housing through a vent, and can cause the transmission belt to slip. I think the best way it to go through water is slowly and carefully.
On road its graceful and holds the road incredibly well.
Power - The EU Quadracycle version is way over restricted, reducing performance and power considerably. However, the restrictor can be removed from the fuel manifold if your are half-skilled with a few tools. Unrestricted its a different bike, very responsive and torquey for its size - its doesnt dissapoint. Top speed on the road for me is 65 MPH.
Fuel - bit of a fuel eater !!!! plan your rides well and it should be ok.
My only real gripe is the braking system. EU law means that the foot pedal has to be the primary braking system for all circuit brakes (front and rear). The pedel is very high compared to a sports bike so the processes of braking quickly is ... well slowed down. Also it becomes difficult to brake when your standing up. The left hand brake only operates the back as a mechanical hand brake and is next to useless for normal braking. You can mod this system and convert it to the standard system i.e all brakes operate using the left hand lever, this would be a lot safer and comfortable to operate but ironically would mean the bike would fail the EU MOT !!!!! Cost to mod - around £200.
For a test drive of a scrambler talk to Jake at derbyshire quads (UK) . They are great dealer for test drives and purchases.
All in all, well build, well designed and great if you have similar requirments to mine. A few minor in-perfections but nothing seriouse as far as im concerned. Buy it if you love trails/cross county but also use roads.
Price guide £6000 - shop around and you'll get it cheaper
I like the quad ok. It has decent power. The single brake lever system works much better than I expected. The awd system is awsome. Power is pretty good. Rear suspension is ok. There are a few things I hate. Heavy! Chain drive in the rear, hate it. Brake lever to close to the handlebars, must use all your fingers or they will get smashed, no two finger braking here and lever not replacable with anything else.
Hard to work on. Front suspension is a little harsh.
im have ownd a polaris 500 2002 model for quite a while and it has servered me well.have won 1 long distance race only due to the bike's strenght and durability.easy to work with and to look after.bit on the heavy side but with its race shocks its an excellent ride.main problem iv had with my bike is tires but may be thats because i live and ride in africa.availability of aftermarket parts is also low thus many a bike are very standerd
I bought my 01` Scrambler new in Dec. 01`. It`s the best, I`ve owned many different atvs and nothing compares to it. There is no other sport bike like it. I run with many guys who have Banshees, Warriors, z400, 400ex, 660 Raptor and many more. Some may be faster, but when they get stuck in a piss puddle all I`ve got to do is flip it in 4X4. I ride weekly on various terrain, I do not baby my bike but I do take care of it and I`ve had no problems with it. It is completely capable of running fully submerged(over the handlebars) in water momentarily, but it takes the belt a few minutes to dry out if you hit water at high speeds. Stock these bikes only run a little over sixty(not bad for a 4X4) but I wanted a bit more. Heres a list of what I`ve done so far. K&N stage 3 kit(cam,jet kit,air filter,prefilter,and pro flow air box), racing clutch spring, DG complete exhaust, ITP aluminum wheels, Gator tires, Changed sprockets, 3000# winch(never used) + a few other minor upgrades. Results-- A 4X4 sport bike that spanks just about everything. My bike runs 89mph now and gets there quick enough to scare me. The automatic give you a massive advantage against the shifters. I do highly recommend that you have this work done by a proven professional, because if not done right you can lose low end or high end. A professional will be able to tell you what to do to get both. For those of you who dont want to spend an extra $3200 on all this, simply run racing fuel, I run 115 octane in mine. Polaris gave me a written gaurantee that this will in no way harm your bike. For a few more $ per fill-up the difference is amazing, better take-off and 4-8 mph higher. Any questions or comments mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I recently bought a 2001 Scrambler 500 2x4. Read the reviews by many that said it wasn't a true sport machine (such as Z400, Ex400) and would never win a race with it, much less even enter. While that is true, I find it a great machine for my wife and myself. I don't race as those days have left me years ago. It is fun to drive (doesn't have the utility feel and handling) and I have even gotten my wife interested in the ATV thing. She doesn't like to shift, do the clutch, etc., so the Polaris 500 is just the ticket. I was concerned about the 2 wheel drive as I live in a mountain state (Utah) but I have found it to be reliable in the mud and going up mountains. I prefer it over my 4X4, except when it is very muddy for long distances as the fenders do not extend like a utility machine. Went to Coral Pink Sand dunes in Southern Utah last weekend with my boy and his YZ 250. We were both surprised with how well it did (no paddles) as the salesman told us it probably wouldn't perform well at the dunes. My boy want me to buy pipes to increase the umph a little.