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Old 06-19-2017, 11:12 AM
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I have a 2006 Polaris ATV 500 HO. I notice I can just barely get it up to 50mph on flat gravel surface. shouldnt it be able to go a little faster than that? say more like 60 mph?
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Belt and clutches area sounds like the first area to look at. May be as simple as a glazed stretched belt that may be slipping.While you have the clutch cover off blow all the belt dust out in an open area. Usually they make a cloud of dust.
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Old 06-19-2017, 01:42 PM
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Ok. So you do agree that the sportsman 500 HO can go faster than that?
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Old 06-19-2017, 01:50 PM
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Yep about 57,58 mph as far as I can remember,but every machine was a little different. Had several people that bought two new ones at a time that would say one of their machines was faster than the other one..
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Old 06-19-2017, 02:25 PM
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Ok. I might have someone take a look at it. hopefully that's all it is. Thank you for your input
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Old 06-20-2017, 09:26 AM
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What size of tire is on it? If someone changed tire size your speedo will be out.
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Not sure what the tire size is...I bought it off someone privately a month ago. It only just broke 1000 miles on it so I'm guessing it's still the original tires from when it was bought. Again I'm not positive though
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It will say on side of tire just like a car tire
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