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By Nate Clark
So I have a 2003 Polaris Predator 500 completely built and running. And then I have a 2004 Polaris Predator 500 completely disassembled. I've got the suspension, handle bars, steering and bottom of the motor on the brand new frame (previous frame was totaled, that's why it's disassembled). Everything else is in boxes.
I've done all sorts of repairs on quads, ATVs, dirtbikes, snowmobiles, boats, cars...was a mechanic by profession in the 80's and wrenching my entire life. Done top end rebuilds on multiple bikes over the years. But I've never put a box of parts together like this.
It shouldn't be hard as I have a running bike to look at and I have the factory service manual as well as a print of the polaris parts manuals. My question is in the best order to put this thing together. I can't locate a set of instructions to follow. I can figure it out without instructions but I find that instruction guides save me a lot of time. I'd like to get this thing running by June and it will be an after work, weekends project.
Any pointers on the order of assembly...where to start...would be highly appreciated.
By Ron Young
My 1990s KLF 300 has just developed this problem where if I turn onto full lock in either direction, the motor cuts out. It suggests to me either a short associated with the ignition switch, or more likely tension on a wire which is losing contact when pulled. To me this seems more likely because I would expect a short to show up as a flicker in the ignition light, which it does not.
Before I strip it all down, has anyone experienced this, or could you advise me which wire/s to follow? Even though first look shows a number of wires in that are, I guess only one, or two would be involved. Thanks in advance.
I'm Excited. in 4 days i will go pick up my Crated 89 LT250r Quadracer. completely unseen. No idea of condition or complete parts list. With a lot of unknowns, Ive started making a parts wish list. Which has me trying to decide on set ups, color scheme, aftermarket, OEM, or hybrid parts and in general what i am wanting to get out of this Quad. After much back and forth i'm done arguing with my self. since this is a complete rebuild and not going to be a restoration. I've decided I want to build a balanced mix between Mx race ready machine and a trail dominant beast. So where to start??? I'm greedy so of course I want all the pros and none of the cons. Not as easy as it sounds.This is What i've come up with so far. Which at any time is subject to change. Chassis Gussets a must. the last thing i want is to destroy the frame after spending hours upon hours building around it. All stainless steel control cables and lines. +2+1 A Arms, +4 Axle. The goal here is to have 50" stance. I understand in the past most trail riders prefer a more narrow stance 46" to 48" but with the saturation of UTV ( Joto side by sides) on the trails. Most trails have been widened. So in reality a 50" wide Quad should not struggle for room while gaining the added stability of a wider stance. +2 Swing Arm, If I can find one... The absolute best Adjustable Suspension system I can afford. Performance Pipe/silencer, Reeds, and Carb combo to get max out of assuming stock engine. Holeshot tires or similar on 9" rims. Nerf Bars. LED light upgrade. Possibly a larger fuel tank upgrade, If such thing exists. Custom Air box with performance filter. All Black Race cut Plastics. All Chassis, Arms, Nerf bars, Bumpers, engine, Wheel Hubs, Brake Calipers, Foot pegs. Up 1 tooth front Sprocket and down 1 tooth rear sprocket. Plus anything I forgot underneath. Will all be powder coated a Rich but not to bright Blood Red . Including Grips and guards same Red. Along with Same Red Suspension covers... A 4" to 5" single S Suzuki Logo for nose of front hood same red. Red stitched Full Suzuki Logo on back of seat. a custom and Extremely SATANIC Vinyl job. Upside down crosses, pentagrams, and Number plate 666. You guessed it, same red with white highlights for depth. Her name will be Jeannie. After my wife. who is a very sexy, yet life sucking bitch, that will lay you out and punish you if you push her to far.
So this is my basic concept. All while trying to Balance Trail with Mx. If you see or think of something I missed or something you think may work better for my situation, by all means, mention it here. I will definitely take a look at it. Suggestions, thoughts, opinions are very much welcome... Until then... Deuces!!!
By Rick Shropshire
Here's some pics from within the last month. Rather than build a frame and body from scratch, I drove to Kansas and bought a rust bucket G2 for $40 minus batteries. I've since cut it up in prep for the 1100cc v-twin shaft drive engine. I've included a picture of the of the latest mock-up. Im extending the frame and wheel base 12 more inches and widening the body by 12 more inches as well. I have on order a right side axle shaft and housing for the left side of my ATV rear end. This will widen the axle by about 12 inches. I will be eliminating the front a-arms and replacing with straight pipe from knuckle to knuckle. I'll post more as it progresses.
Complete Grizzly build
I built this Grizzly to preform at top ability in the mud! There is a few things that i am looking to change on the grizzly but well see!
Gorilla Silverbacks 28x10x12 Front, 28x12x12 Rear
( https://atvtirescanada.com/gorilla-silverback-tire.html )
( https://n2deepcustoms.com/ )
Rox Speed FX risers and bars
( https://bit.ly/2TsRv18 )
2r Racing tip
( https://amzn.to/2GgNdpE )
( http://2rracing.com/ )
White Secondary spring. 8 - 16g rollers, 1.5mm shim
( bought at local dealer )
Rad Relocation kit:
( http://www.rubberdowncustoms.ca/ )
12" Light bar
( https://amzn.to/2TrfZYy )
( https://amzn.to/2TpF9Xu )
Flush Mount LED headlight conversion:
( https://amzn.to/2D10Lm8 )
Yamaha front Bumper
( bought at dealer )
( https://amzn.to/2DQwmIR ) - guards
( https://amzn.to/2S2BCSq ) - mounts
3/4 inch spring spacers
Synthetic winch line
( https://amzn.to/2Gj1S3F )
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