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  1. Got a 04 Sportsman 500 that wasnt running- owner said it needed a stater and a new battery. It ran rough (been sitting out in the weather for a while). A friend and I started by adding a new battery and it would start barely with the choke and his hand over the air-filter. I decided to install the new battery in the holder on the side. we had it on the rack because the old on was still in the bike. I tried to be nifty by turning the battery to put the terminals in an easier spot to get to, but forgot to reverse the cables too. In a sentence, I reversed the positive and negative on the battery like a dummy. When we discovered my mistake and corrected it, we turned on the bike, but the display did not light up and the key did not turn on the starter. jumping the solenoid worked the starter, so we thought the solenoid just burned up when I reversed the pos and neg... new solenoid and no difference. what have I burned up? Also, the shifter does not seem to do anything in the trans. it slides back and forth like its stripped in the trans. any help would be appreciated!! I think the biggest issue right now is the electrical.
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    2004 Polaris Sportsman 500 Reversed Terminals On Battery

    ok so I took the pod cluster apart and it has a short in it. I put it back together and took it out just to see what it would do with the water drained out... worked perfect. I'm sooo confused with this thing lol I went ahead and ordered a new pod and just ate the $280 lol I'm done with this old one. I'll get the new pod and the front axle fixed and see if the pump will decide to work for me............ dunno how thatll go..
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    Valves maybe.

    I would be the one to get out there and go hard and wreck but yea I would love to go riding! right now, I dont have a good reliable quad (bayou seems to have issues weekly lol) the sportsman is still under the weather. That, and if I came, Id have to go with my dad (I'm a minor) and then Id have to have two quads... I mean, I could bring the bayou and sportsman once i fix it, but I cant promise we wouldnt be towing one home at the end of the day...
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    2000 Polaris Sportsman 500 issues

    didint mean to say dont do this! I was just making a point that it saves a lot of butt pain to check the easy stuff first like sp, s, gas, etc (lol dont want to repeat my earlier post )
  5. in this thread, I want to discuss how 4-cycle atv engines work- what the different types are... how they are set up and which you prefer. To start off, are the cams on ALL atv 4-strokes powered by a cam chain? I know that on say a lawn mower or logsplitter engine, the cam is turned by the tappet, pushrods, and valve rockers. Which is better and why? Chain-driven cams or pushrod-driven cams? Are the pushrods just an old version and everything is transforming to chains or the other way around...or not at all? Just looking for some explanation, history, and downsides/upsides...
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    How 4-cycle ATV Engines Work Discussion

    thanks for the great explanations guys!
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    Valves maybe.

    haha I'm not sure. I think thats one of the closest trials to me... I dont know how all that works as I've never 'been riding' (other than at a friends house or at my grandparents farm)
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    2000 Polaris Sportsman 500 issues

    thanks for the input! never heard this before. I would say that personally, I would check the easier stuff first- (spark, compression, starter, gas, carb(in that order)), My dad is a general contractor and he always says check the easiest thing first (say a bulb instead of the light fixture) an example: my bayou just randomly wouldnt start- checked spark, then compression, gas supply and made sure my valve was on, checked the kill switch, then replaced to sp. I was positive the sp wasnt the issue because it was maybe a few weeks old- I was wrong. I am not saying it isnt the cam on your bike, I just saying its a shame to pull the guts out of the head and it was a spark plug all along.. P.S. lol to see the whole story behind my bayou, look up my thread '97 Kawasaki Bayou Runs Bad'
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    2000 Polaris Sportsman 500 issues

    @AlanN what he said! welcome to the forum!
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    Valves maybe.

    ever been to Hatfield McCoy in WV? those trails are pretty savage... I dont have any trails near me
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    Valves maybe.

    count me in too......except I cant drive yet
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    2000 Polaris Sportsman 500 issues

    I would do the same as what @Frank Angerano said with the air screw. I have an 04 sportsman 500 that I had to replace the carb on so I will be working through the same issues of adjustments. as for not getting moving by 1/4 throttle, sounds like a worn out belt to me. mine does the same thing, but I dont worry with it cause it still runs good- just doesn't get moving as soon on the throttle. I also have a kawasaki bayou that has a Chinese carb on it and it would start cold or run right ever till I turned the air screw out about 2-3 turns past what the manual called for... runs flawless now, easy to start in any weather condition... It would also bog out if I had it pegged at high speeds- not now- the thing is a speed demon now.
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    How 4-cycle ATV Engines Work Discussion

    ok. I understand what your saying. Any input from other forum members would be great too! Do you know of any chain-cam lawn mowers? maybe 0-turns? (just wondering haha)
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    How 4-cycle ATV Engines Work Discussion

    ok, so what I'm hearing you say is a OHC (overhead cam) engine has the chain driven cam above the valves, and the OHV (overhead valve) engines have the cam in the crankcase and pushrods operating the rocker arms...? So why would atvs have mostly OHC engines and general purposes engines (lawn mower etc.) be OHV?
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    How 4-cycle ATV Engines Work Discussion

    how do I do that? lol didnt know that I could edit a thread after starting it...
  16. Hey I have a 97 bayou 300 2x4 (klf300b) that i bought for 1000 last June and sunk another 1000 into it already. When i went to look at it, the seller had warmed it up before hand (he was riding it when I got there). it ran good so i bought it and took it home that evening... next morning it wouldn't hardly start. I discovered the carb was clogged, there was chunks of rust in the fuel valve, the choke lever was missing and other things. I have since cleaned the carb and replaced the fuel valve and gas lines and cleaned out the gas tank and cap. Enough background on it, the problem is this: It floods if i push it past half throttle in 4th and 5th gear even going downhill and shifting correctly. It also has to idle and warm up when you first start it which is really annoying now that its cold... It also smokes blue smoke for about 15 seconds when started cold- does not smoke at all once warm but the exhaust still smells like burnt metal. A friend told me that it didn't have enough compression. I also found out that the valves are a common cause for low compression on Kawasakis.. I have never adjusted valves before- the most I've ever got into a engine was a head gasket on a riding mower so I'm new to this. My goal is to get this bike running and starting cold like a top- should i tear down and rebuild the top end? What should i try first? I tore the carb apart and rebuilt it and fiddled with the air screw and nothing changed. I also ordered a compression test kit that should be coming in soon. Ive also considered just selling it for like $500 and taking the hit- Id rather not sink too much more into this machine.. lol
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    1997 Kawasaki Bayou 300 2x4 (klf300b) Runs Bad

    hey @Frank Angerano , wtb this bike form me? maybe $800? (this would be with new shocks on it lol)
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    1997 Kawasaki Bayou 300 2x4 (klf300b) Runs Bad

    haha welll lets just say I cant wait to get rid of it and get my sportsman working
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    1997 Kawasaki Bayou 300 2x4 (klf300b) Runs Bad

    ....haha a lot with a honda or 2x4 polaris or yamaha.... the bayou just has a frame too long and too heavy for the power it puts down..no torque..
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    Best bang for your buck Utility Quad?

    sorry! got it mixed up higher, not lower- I prefer lower so that I lean forward.
  21. Theres a horse farm I work/worked at and they have a Rubicon (500cc) think its a 04. Its been having starting issues. First time it wouldnt start, the owner said it had a new battery in it (this is about a year ago I guess..). I replaced the solenoid and then the starter. the battery was dead so I jumped it and then it started fine after the battery charged. about a month later, same problem. I swapped the solenoid back out with the old one(still had it)- nothing. the owner had another battery she said was good, swapped that out and it fired up. Now, today, same problem again... owner says the starter was sluggish and then the battery went dead. Went out and jumped it again and it ran fine (its a carburated atv so its not fond of under freezing temperatures...). the stater is working cause when I got there, the battery had 7-9v on it (multimeter said it was rising and falling (with the key on)). I jumped it off our van and rode it around for say 5-10mins. when I shut it off again, battery is reading 14v with key off and 13v with it on. thats as far as I've gotten.. I asked the owner to let me know if anything else happened later on.. What I'm wondering is if its just the battery, or maybe is the regulator rectifier not working letting the battery be overcharged cause it to die? And then again, the bike could have sat with the key and headlight on overnight for all I know..
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    1997 Kawasaki Bayou 300 2x4 (klf300b) Runs Bad

    haha.. I'm definitely selling this one... doesnt do the two things I love best- jumping and popping wheelies
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    1997 Kawasaki Bayou 300 2x4 (klf300b) Runs Bad

    ohhhh i see what youre driving at...maybe lol I will check when I'm swapping out the shocks lol i was ripping at some land we own and broke a front shock on a jump

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