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Here's a thought........If BOTH lubricants are indeed Polaris part numbers, I would send and e-mail to Polaris and ask them if you can use one or the other products in your particular machine without causing damage. Save their response for your records to support any future warranty claims.
It is true that polaris stopped making the oil that the manual calls for. I was told by my Polaris dealer that the Polaris AGL ATV gearcase lubricant, synthetic Part # 2873602 (purplish) was the direct replacement. Snowmobile lubricants are formulated for the colder weather. I would not use it in warmer weather.
I thought of that last night and tried to do this on the Polaris website. Unfortunately, I couldn't find anywhere to e-mail them. Their website tech support is only a "reference guide." In other words, if your question matches one of their previously recorded questions, you get the answer. There is no e-mail address to actually communicate with a tech support person????
I live overseas and my polaris dealer is out of stock on the polaris gear case lubricant. Does anyone know of a proper substitute i could use. Its for the transmission os a sportsman 500 and i don't want to put in the wrong stuff..
Its just a chain and a couple of gears, guys. The "name brand only" thing that the dealers try to sell everyone on is nonsense. I've been running sleds for years and have seen everything from 80-90 gear oil, 10w30 motor oil, ATF...dexron and type-f, and everything in between used inside chaincases. I run 75-90 fully synthetic gear oil in my sled and my quad. Has high protection and will still flow in colder temps due to it being synthetic. If you're worried about power loss due to high viscosity and don't care if there's not as much metal to metal protection, run ATF in your case.