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This manual applies to the following models: Sportsman 500
2004 Polaris Sportsman 500
2005 Polaris Sportsman 500
2006 Polaris Sportsman 500
Production/model years: 2004, 2005, 2006
Manual Language: English
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Looking to keep your ATV/6x6 in top shape? Our comprehensive PDF manual is your ultimate guide to resolving issues and optimizing the performance of your 2004-2006 Polaris Sportsman 500. Whether you're an experienced ATV enthusiast or a novice rider, this manual provides detailed information and step-by-step instructions for maintenance, repairs, and modifications. In this guide, we'll explore the engine specifications, facts, maintenance tips, and common issues for the Polaris Sportsman 500, helping you make the most of your off-road adventures.
Engine Specifications/Technical Data:
• The 2004-2006 Polaris Sportsman 500 ATV is powered by a 499cc liquid-cooled, four-stroke, single-cylinder engine.
• The engine features electronic fuel injection (EFI) for precise fuel delivery and optimal performance.
• It utilizes a single overhead camshaft (SOHC) design, providing efficient power output.
• The Sportsman 500 has a bore and stroke of 92mm x 75mm, delivering a displacement of 499cc.
• The engine produces a maximum power output of approximately 40 horsepower.
• It generates a torque of around 34 lb-ft, providing ample pulling power for off-road adventures.
• The ATV features a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with high and low range, allowing for smooth power delivery and excellent low-end torque.
• It comes equipped with a selectable 2WD/4WD system, offering versatility and traction in various terrains.
• The Sportsman 500 ATV has independent front suspension (IFS) and a rear swingarm suspension for a comfortable and controlled ride.
• It is equipped with front and rear hydraulic disc brakes, providing reliable stopping power.
• The ATV features a towing capacity of up to 1,225 pounds, allowing you to haul gear and equipment.
• It has a fuel capacity of approximately 4.1 gallons, ensuring long-distance riding without frequent refueling.
• The Sportsman 500 has an overall length of around 83 inches and a width of approximately 46 inches.
• It rides on 25-inch tires, providing excellent traction and stability in various off-road conditions.
• The ATV has a ground clearance of approximately 11.25 inches, allowing for obstacle clearance and improved off-road capability.
• It features a front rack with a capacity of 90 pounds and a rear rack with a capacity of 180 pounds, offering ample cargo-carrying capability.
• The Sportsman 500 comes with a comfortable and ergonomic seating position, allowing for extended off-road adventures.
• It is equipped with full instrumentation, including a speedometer, odometer, and fuel gauge, for easy monitoring of vital information during rides.
Facts and Details:
- The Polaris Sportsman 500 is a versatile and capable ATV, suitable for various off-road activities, including trail riding, hunting, and utility work.
- It received positive reviews for its powerful engine performance and excellent torque, providing ample power for towing and climbing steep terrain.
- The Sportsman 500 offers a comfortable ride, thanks to its independent front suspension and rear swingarm suspension, absorbing bumps and uneven terrain.
- These ATVs are known for their durability and reliability, with many owners reporting trouble-free experiences even after years of use.
- The Sportsman 500 features a robust and well-built chassis, capable of handling challenging off-road conditions with ease.
- It provides excellent maneuverability and handling, allowing riders to navigate through tight trails and obstacles.
- The ATV offers a user-friendly and intuitive control layout, making it easy for riders of all skill levels to operate.
- The Sportsman 500 provides ample storage options, including front and rear racks, allowing riders to carry gear, tools, and supplies.
- These ATVs are popular among outdoor enthusiasts and utility workers due to their versatility and reliability.
- The Sportsman 500 is designed to be user-serviceable, with easy access to key components for maintenance and repairs.
Maintenance Intervals and General Tips:
► Regularly inspect the air filter and clean or replace it as needed to ensure proper air intake and engine performance.
► Change the engine oil and filter according to the manufacturer's recommended intervals, typically every 50 hours or annually.
► Inspect and adjust the drive belt tension periodically to maintain optimal performance and prevent belt slippage.
► Check and maintain proper tire pressure for optimal traction and handling.
► Lubricate all pivot points, suspension components, and drive shaft splines regularly to prevent premature wear and ensure smooth operation.
► Inspect the brakes, including brake pads and discs, for wear and replace as necessary to maintain effective braking performance.
► Keep the ATV clean and free from debris to prevent clogging of key components and promote longevity.
Common Issues and Solutions:
* Electrical Issues: Some owners have reported electrical problems, such as issues with the ignition system or wiring connections. Thorough inspection and repair by a qualified technician can help identify and resolve these issues.
* Fuel System Troubles: Occasionally, the fuel system, including the fuel pump or injectors, may experience issues. Regular maintenance, such as fuel filter * replacement and fuel system cleaning, can help prevent such problems.
* Starting and Charging Problems: Weak or failing batteries and faulty starters may affect starting and charging performance. Regular inspection and maintenance of the battery and charging system can prevent such issues.
* Drive Belt Wear: Continuous riding in harsh conditions may lead to premature drive belt wear. Regular inspection and replacement of worn drive belts can maintain optimal performance.
Popular Tuning Tips or Modifications:
■ Installing a snorkel kit can allow for improved water fording capabilities.
■ Upgrading the tires to a more aggressive tread pattern can enhance traction and off-road performance.
■ Adding a winch to the front or rear of the ATV can provide additional recovery capabilities.
■ Upgrading the suspension components, such as shocks and springs, can improve ride comfort and handling.
■ Installing an aftermarket exhaust system can enhance the exhaust note and potentially improve performance.
Available Accessories and Aftermarket Options:
+ Front and rear storage boxes for additional cargo capacity.
+ Snow plows and blades for snow removal and light-duty landscaping.
+ Skid plates and A-arm guards for added protection in rugged terrain.
+ Handguards and brush guards for protection against branches and debris.
+ LED light bars or auxiliary lights for enhanced visibility during night rides.
+ Rearview mirrors for improved visibility and safety.
+ Heated grips and thumb warmers for added comfort in cold weather riding.
+ Audio systems and speakers for entertainment during rides.
+ Winch kits and mounting systems for added recovery capabilities.
Owner Reviews and Opinions:
☺ Powerful engine performance and excellent torque for towing and climbing.
☺ Comfortable ride quality and smooth suspension.
☺ Durability and reliability for years of trouble-free operation.
☺ Versatility for a wide range of off-road activities.
☺ Ample storage options for gear and supplies.
☻ Occasional electrical issues reported by some owners.
☻ Drive belt wear under harsh riding conditions.
☻ Limited ground clearance compared to some dedicated off-road ATVs.
Repairs That Need to be Carried Out Most Frequently:
→ Regular maintenance tasks such as oil changes, filter replacements, and fluid checks.
→ Drive belt replacements as they wear down or show signs of damage.
→ Battery replacements for weak or failing batteries.
→ Brakes inspections and replacements as needed for optimal braking performance.
→ Electrical system diagnostics and repairs for occasional issues.
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