​10 Most Common Questions About The Polaris Sportsman

May 22nd 2023

​10 Most Common Questions About The Polaris Sportsman

1. Is the Polaris Sportsman reliable?

The Polaris Sportsman is generally considered to be a reliable ATV. Polaris has a reputation for manufacturing durable and high-quality machines, and the Sportsman lineup is no exception. However, it's important to note that individual experiences may vary, and proper maintenance and care are crucial to ensuring the longevity and reliability of any vehicle.

Every machine has its quirks, and there are always problems with any vehicle manufactured en masse. You get what you pay for, and for what it costs, the Polaris Sportsman is an excellent and reliable machine on most accounts – provided that you don’t beat the living hell out of it, treat it like a boat, or neglect routine inspections, upkeep and servicing. Wire rubbing issues and voltage regulators have been known to give people issues on some models, but on the whole, a Polaris Sportsman will go where you point it and get you back home after a long hard day. Plus, they’re pretty simple to work on, and replacement parts can be sourced cheaply from places like Everything Polaris Sportsman!

2. What is the top speed of a Polaris Sportsman 450, a Polaris Sportsman 570, a Polaris Sportsman 850, and a Polaris Sportsman 1000?

The top speed of a Polaris Sportsman can vary depending on several factors, including the specific model, terrain conditions, and any modifications made to the machine. Here are the approximate top speeds for the stock Polaris Sportsman:

  • Polaris Sportsman 450: The top speed for this model is typically around 50-55 mph.
  • Polaris Sportsman 570: The top speed for this model is generally around 60-65 mph.
  • Polaris Sportsman 850: The top speed for this model is typically around 65-70 mph.
  • Polaris Sportsman 1000: The top speed for this model is generally around 70-75 mph.

Different models (like the High Lifter model) are geared lower, and thus have a lower top speed. Furthermore, Polaris Sportsman editions with the electronic throttles that are sold in the UK and Europe are governed with a hard speed limiter on the ECU programming to comply with local laws. Age and altitude will also affect your vehicle’s top speed, and so too will the wind direction and ground incline.

3. Are Polaris Sportsman keys universal?

No, Polaris Sportsman keys are not universal. Each Polaris Sportsman ATV is equipped with a unique key that is cut specifically for the ignition of that vehicle. On newer Sportsman ATVs, each key is programmed for its respective vehicle. This ensures that only the corresponding key can start and operate the ATV, enhancing security and preventing theft as well as unauthorized use.

4. What type of oil does the Polaris Sportsman take?

The specific type of oil required for the Polaris Sportsman may vary depending on the model and year. While you may consult the owner's manual or contact an authorized Polaris dealer to determine the correct type of oil for your specific Sportsman model, options other than Polaris-branded oils – such as Polaris PS-4 or Polaris Engineered Lubricants – are just as good and will ensure optimal performance and protection for the engine. Some riders use Rotella T6, as these are great for wet clutches. Alternatively, you can also run Amsoil or Mobil 1 Full Synthetic 5W-50.

5. Is the Polaris Sportsman a 2-stroke?

No, the Polaris Sportsman is not a 2-stroke ATV. The Sportsman models are typically equipped with 4-stroke engines, which offer improved fuel efficiency, smoother power delivery, and reduced emissions compared to 2-stroke engines. Polaris Scramblers are 2-stroke machines, and they did have a couple 400 2-stroke models back in the early nineties, but these were Trail Boss and Xplorer machines that were manufactured before the Sportsman was introduced.

6. Where is the VIN number on a Polaris Sportsman?

The VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) on a Polaris Sportsman can be found in several locations. The most common location is on the left-hand side frame rail, just below the front fender. It is typically stamped into the frame and can be visible by kneeling down and looking at the left side of the ATV. Additionally, the VIN may also be located on the frame tube near the engine or on the vehicle registration and insurance documents.

7. When did the Polaris Sportsman go to fuel injection?

The introduction of fuel injection in the Polaris Sportsman lineup varied across different models and years. Polaris started implementing fuel injection technology in some Sportsman models as early as the mid-2000s. However, it's important to note that the exact year of transition to fuel injection can vary depending on the specific model and engine size. Consulting the owner's manual or contacting a Polaris dealer will provide accurate information regarding fuel injection implementation for a particular Sportsman model. Examples of fuel injected Polaris Sportsman models include the 2006 Sportsman 500 HO, the 2015 Polaris Sportsman 570, and various years of the Sportsman 850 EFU and Sportsman XP 1000 EFI.

8. What is a Polaris Sportsman HO and a Polaris Sportsman ETX?

Polaris Sportsman HO stands for "High Output," and it refers to a specific trim level within the Sportsman lineup. Sportsman HO models typically feature upgraded components and increased performance capabilities compared to standard Sportsman models. The Polaris Sportsman ETX, on the other hand, was a specific model offered by Polaris in 2015 that replaced the 400 HO. The ETX model was equipped with a smaller engine size (325cc) and a lower HP output compared to other Sportsman models (30 HP on the ETX Vs 44 HP on the 579) but still delivered reliable performance and versatility.

9. Where is the Battery on a Polaris Sportsman?

The battery on a Polaris Sportsman is typically located under the front storage compartment or seat. To access the Polaris Sportsman battery, you may need to remove the storage compartment or release the seat latch, depending on the specific model and year of the Sportsman you own. Consult the owner's manual or refer to the manufacturer's instructions for precise information on accessing and maintaining the battery.

10. What are the best add-ons, mods, and aftermarket accessories to get for the Polaris Sportsman?

The best add-ons, mods, and aftermarket accessories for the Polaris Sportsman will vary depending on your personal preferences and usage requirements. Here are some popular options to consider that our customers rave about:

Polaris Sportsman winches: A winch can be a valuable addition for off-roading adventures, helping to recover the ATV in challenging situations. It can also be used as a work tool to pull stumps / fence posts, raise and lower a snow plow, or lift up wild game for field dressing after a successful hunting trip!

Polaris Sportsman storage solutions: Accessories such as rear cargo boxes, front rack extenders, or saddlebags will enhance your Sportsman's storage capacity and allow for convenient transportation of gear and supplies.

Polaris Sportsman protective equipment: Upgrading your ATV with accessories like skid plates, a-arm guards, and bumpers / brush guards can provide added protection to vital components during off-road riding. If you ride in rocky areas or places with large bumps, ruts, and whoops, protective accessories like these are a must!

Polaris Sportsman performance upgrades: Aftermarket exhaust systems, air filters, and fuel controllers can improve the Sportsman's power and throttle response, tailoring the performance to specific preferences. For those with a need for speed, add-ons like these are sure to get your adrenaline pumping!

Polaris Sportsman comfort and convenience enhancements: Accessories such as heated grips, thumb warmers, windshields, and passenger seating options can enhance rider comfort during long rides or adverse weather conditions. Riding for leisure is always fun, but it’s even better if you’re always comfortable!

And there you have it, the top 10 most frequently asked questions about the Polaris Sportsman! We hope you learned something, and if you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to one of the in-house experts here at Everything Polaris Sportsman!