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post #1 of 10 Old 08-08-2007, 10:12 PM Thread Starter
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My buddy has a 07 polaris 500 sportsman and he said that every time they go riding the polaris's alway over heat after they get in the mud and the arctic cats dont. It is not only his Polaris but there is about 3 of them that he rides with who also have the same problem. Is there something wrong with the design of the radiators on those thing or what. I know this is a AC site but you all might be able to help him out
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post #2 of 10 Old 08-08-2007, 10:19 PM
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Didn't the Polaris' have a water pump problem? I seem to remember my buddy's 700 Sportman having this problem and after they fixed it he sold it because it only took 5 busted rides from over heating along with that number of trips to the dealer for them to fix it.
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The guys I ride with also ride polaris.800 and a 500 both overheat after any mud.It is a design flaw they believe.LOL look at the radaitor placement, it is at the bottom , right in the front.They now avoid any mud that is thick.Also tell your bud to make sure he cleans the piss out of the radiator .Best way to test it is with a flash light behind it.You should be able to see right through it. tell your budies(like I do) to buy a cat.

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They are probably not overheating so much as breaking into a sweat trying to keep up to the Cats. LOL. I have a friend who had a 2005 700 polaris and the way he cured the problem was to trade it off on a 700 EFI Cat. You might want to tell your buddies to do the same. This seems to clear up any polaris problems really fast.
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I thought they had the water pump issue taken care of. Like its been said, clean the radiator and you may want to check the thermostat to make sure its working.

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Once an ATV gets the rad plugged with mud, overheating can happen to any brand.

Mine hasn't overheated... Ever. But the rad's never been caked with mud either.

If it seems it's happening to Polaris more than the other brands, is it possible the rad is located too low?

Or maybe not enough protection on the sides of the rad to keep the wheels from throwing the mud right at it?

Could just be a design thing... Could be a perfectly good rad, and functioning cooling system, etc., but there might not have been a lot of choices where to put the rad or add inner fenders or something as simple as that.

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My buddies 700 poo had the impeller on his water pump literally disintegrate. It works better now.

Mud will kill any rad, but I rarely had a problem with mine. Compared to the 3 kawis we ride with, it was perfect.
Also, cat's rad is huge(thick) compared to the kawis or even the grizz. So that may have some effect to.

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Thanks for all the info I will tell him what you all said.
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thats one of Polaris worst problems is the low radiator but all you have to do is wash the radiator after every ride throughly i have never had mine overheat but that's because i wash my radiator good after every ride but just use a hose no pressure washer one other thing you can do is add a toggle switch to the fan so it doesn't on when in a mud hole and pull the mud into the radiator (this is a good idea on any brand )
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