2013 Polaris Sportsman 500HO Part 1

Oct 6 2022

Well I still want to have a quad… even though I may not get to ride it as much as I would like.  And that means a new one would be a waste of money..  The older ones are a lot of work.  My favorite quad of all time was the 2014 Sportsman 400 that I did buy new in 2014.  Went everywhere for many years with that machine.  Reliable , fun and I felt safe.  So I was aiming for that vintage with low mileage, and not beat up. FOUND IT… here’s a web photo of a 2013 Sportsman 500.. not mine !

2013 Polaris Sportsman 500 H.O.; Studio Shot; 3/4 Front; Red; ATV;

But Soooo close.  Yes

Almost the same.. really the only difference  is fancy wheels and new tires..  and a winch.  Even thought it looks good in the photo..nothing nine years old is ever perfect.  There are a few cracks and scuffs.. It’s dirty under the plastics.  Nine years of dust !  But not caked with mud.

But I’m happy with the condition..  Don’t expect much.. fortunately it’s good overall.  Everything works as it should, runs and drives great.

Look at that 1511 miles.  1200 hrs.  So with out further adue.. Here’s the video I made

Okay .. with the introductions out of the way.. Let’s talk about what I need to do ..  work stuff.. pimping stuff.  Cause it needs to have my stamp. Without taking too much apart I had a good look.. Found things that I missed.. and a few things knew about.. like..

The missing winch control.  Strange…  but a new one is on the way.

The scuffed up front rack.  Hey it happens..  I sanded it and treated the wound.. All better.

Crack in the rear rack..  I’ll fix this . no worries.

Missing latch for the rear tool compartment. A new one is on the way.  Now for what I missed !

A crack inside the front trunk, left side.  Oh yes I did open the trunk but did not notice this..  I can fix it .  This could be caused by too much weight on the left side of the front rack.  It’s really not much stuff to deal with.. But lets add to that a service (new oil and filters). Plus I want to clean the electrical contacts and other bits.  I’m going to start a new post for the cleaning and repairs.

2013 Polaris 500 Part 2