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1996 Polaris Indy 500

Postby Saganaga » November 22nd, 2002, 2:13 pm

I just purchased a 1996 Indy 500, It has a completely rebuilt engine with 300 miles on it and a brand new clutch,track,and brand new suspension all around. I am fairly new to polaris, and was wondering if there where any problems common with this sled? and what the Life expectancy of the Drive system is?
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1996 Polaris Indy 500

Postby kenlacy » November 22nd, 2002, 3:21 pm

Ive owned a few Indy 5's and still have a 92 EFI SKS and they are pretty much bulletproof. Just do the normal maintenance and it should last a long time.
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1996 Polaris Indy 500

Postby Rockrider » November 22nd, 2002, 7:41 pm

I owned a '90 500 Indy and had problems with the head gasket leaking but I never saw that in any other 500's. My buddy bought a '94 500 and the EFI would act up once in a while. I only got 1000 miles out of the P-85 drive clutch and have seen similar experiences with other guys sleds.
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1996 Polaris Indy 500

Postby Smoothride » November 22nd, 2002, 11:44 pm

Indy 500's- keep an eye on the drive clutch. Replace the weight bushings every year and watch the wear on the buttons. Again, PTO seals and bearings, fog the motor good. If you ever have the motor apart, see if it has had the oil hole to the PTO bearing enlarged and a radius ground around the top- this is an old Polaris bulletin. Suspension, same as the XCR 600. Chassis mounting bolts and the torque arm to skid bolts, put in a newer through bolt and shaft. A little more pep, Stock weights, Blue spring, 40-36 or a 42-40-34 helix with a blue driven spring. Aaen single pipe.
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1996 Polaris Indy 500

Postby indy500 » November 23rd, 2002, 3:59 am

i have a 98 indy 500, does it have the same clutch and what is it i should look out for?
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1996 Polaris Indy 500

Postby RV340 » November 23rd, 2002, 7:23 am

I have a '97 Indy 500 with over 6000 miles on it. The motor has never been touched except for jetting down 2 sizes, the thing runs great! I just had the clutch gone over by the dealer and all it needed was new bushings and he shimmed the buttons a little. I did put in a different spring also to perk it up a little. I just put new torsion springs in the skid to liven that up and replaced the bearings in several idler wheels. Most of them were real good yet but a few were questionable so I replaced them right away.

You're not going to win many races with that sled, but it's a fun little sled to ride. Good luck and enjoy it!
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1996 Polaris Indy 500

Postby 89Indy500_sp » November 23rd, 2002, 7:43 am

as you can se i have a 89 indy 500 with about 10K miles on it. i think it has the ports cleaned and that is it. maybe some clutching. i only had 2 problems with it all year. one was when a rear bogie wheel fell off(prevous owners fault). and i had a problem with the gas cap. the welds that held the float assembly finaly gave way so that was down in that tank. none of my above problems should affect you.
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1996 Polaris Indy 500

Postby Saganaga » November 23rd, 2002, 12:13 pm

Thanks guys, Now, I have always gotten Parts for my sleds at a local place, but thier selection is... limited, are there any good part places online?
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