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post #1 of 3 Old 06-19-2017, 12:06 PM Thread Starter
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Finally time to upgrade my old Polaris. My wife drives a TRV and I've been very happy with it, so i'm looking. I found myself at the local dealer on the weekend and found a good deal on an Alterra 500, but, I have 2 concerns about them, and I want to bounce my concerns off the forum to see if they have any foundation or am I just concerned for nothing.
First concern are the hoses for the water pump etc, right behind the left front tire. Has anyone heard of them getting damaged, in the way or otherwise a nuisance?
Second is access behind the plastic. only one side of the plastic comes off (for oil check). How are you guys finding access for cleaning out mud and debris? I like the access my Polaris and our TRV have with both side panels being removable.
Any thoughts or experience you've had with this machine would be appreciated.
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If you have real concerns, you might want to look at the non-Alterra models. I think there are bargains still out there on the other models. I'm a show me guy. If you make a lot of changes, show me why it's better, because the older models were pretty nice.

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I have a 2012 450 and the water lines are in the same area and they have never caused an issue.

I recently picked up an Alterra 400 (mid sized) the plastic panels are removable. The plastic clips you push on the center of them to release them.
Then to re-install, pull them partially out, put the panel back, then push the center flush to lock.


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