Monday, September 27, 2010
Polaris 400 Sportsman
I generally like Polaris products and think that they are put together pretty good. One thing that I think they do foolishly though is the recoil starters. Most manufacturers make a simple cover over the pulley with a open drain hole in the bottom. This keeps most of the crud out and allows any water that gets in to drain out.
Polaris makes a cover that is supposed to be sealed up water tight. It never works out that way and a little water always makes its way in. Without an open drain in the bottom the water stays inside and everything ends up a rusty mess.
That is how I found this one. Everything still worked under the cover, but it was wet and rusty. I had to spend a little extra time cleaning things up before I put it back together.