Braz

My New Toy

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I've been looking for sometime for something to use up at my cabin. Behind the cabin, there is approximately 100K acres of private property behind locked gates that I have access to. I wanted to get something to use back there other than my regular truck. It is too nice to be beating around on back roads. I was really thinking of getting a jeep, or maybe a toyota tundra, or a suzuki samari, or.... well, you get the idea. This weekend one of my neighbors was having a yard sale and he had this 2002 Polaris Sportsman for sale. It only had 469 miles and 64 hours so it was like brand new. I just decided that with the good price he was selling it for and the condition, I just couldn't resist. So, here is my new hunting vehicle. I've not had one before so I'm looking forward to the learning curve and getting some accessories for it. IMG_1097.jpgIMG_1096.jpgIMG_1092.jpg

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Yeah, that'll be great. Did it come with the trailer or did you already have one? Also, is it very loud?

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Cool hunting rig Braz! Id get used to riding it prior to strapping a rifle on it. That thing oughta get you into some hard to reach spots! Are you planning on a little camo? or leave it the same color? Great find, and good luck with the new toy!

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First off, I'm gonna plan on doing some serious riding before putting the rifle or my wife on it. I got a great place behind my cabin where nobody goes and there is no traffic. The property is behind locked gates. Give me a chance to get use to it. I want to find a rack for the back that will give my wife a back rest so she will go with me. And I need a basket of some sort for the front. Needless to say, I need a rack for a rifle. Nope, the trailer didn't come with it, it was one I had. And at the moment I don't plan on doing any camo on it. However, one never knows about that kind of thing. Pretty easy to do so I may.

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Good score Braz.Recently I saw a front & rear baskett combo for around $100, it was either in the Cabelas Bargain Cave or the Sportsmens Guide.I'll try to locate it for you.Lee

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BRAZ, congratulations on your new find. You'll definetly have fun with that toy.

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:doh[1]: Yep, they are very nice for sure... especially for what you'll be doing. Polaris is suppose to be a great one. CongratsFrank

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Great find Braz !! It should serve you well. But I have to ask, what is a "Toyote Tundra", a special Toyota edition just for coyote hunters ?? :doh[1]::doh[1]::doh[1]:

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I have a 2001 Sportsman 500 HO with over 3500 miles on it and has never needed anything but the front tires are getting a bit worn. Great crusing ATVs. You will enjoy it.

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First off, I'm gonna plan on doing some serious riding before putting the rifle or my wife on it. I got a great place behind my cabin where nobody goes and there is no traffic. The property is behind locked gates. Give me a chance to get use to it. I want to find a rack for the back that will give my wife a back rest so she will go with me. And I need a basket of some sort for the front. Needless to say, I need a rack for a rifle. Nope, the trailer didn't come with it, it was one I had. And at the moment I don't plan on doing any camo on it. However, one never knows about that kind of thing. Pretty easy to do so I may.
Your going to have a lot of fun, as far as camo, there was more than once I parked in the way back and was really happy to see a little spot of yellow (my yellow 79 ford truck) saved me a lot of walking more than once and 1 time when we were a few miles back in and it really started snowing im talking almost whiteout I would have walked right by it and there was no time to fool around we needed to get back to camp load up and get out while we still could, it was about 30 miles to the nearest town and we were not equipped for be strainded in the snow, I still miss that old yellow truck unless your standing next to it why would you need to camo it and you never know when you need to be helped and yellow is about as good as it gets. If you really need to hide it for some reason ?? buy a camo cover Dave,

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Congrats, hope it runs well for you and you have many years of fun on it. We love ours. ATV's sit low enough that the the color usually isn't a factor. In shrub, you won't hardly even see it, it's not like it's six feet tall and huge like a truck. If there's no cover, well, then it wouldn't make a difference what color it is because you're going to see it no matter what. It's not like it's moving though when you make a stand. If you plan on using it for big game in the future though, I can tell you from experience that a winch can be your best friend! All the way from dragging it out of a valley, to using it to hang from a tree while cleaning/skinning, to packing it out. Good luck and always remember, the rubber side stays down on the ground.

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if you havent thought about it yet i would suggest a nice 12 volt winch and maybe a good battery upgrade a winch can be used to pull yourself out or drag your kill up a tree to skin it or even move trees and rocks around the property .good luck and enjoy the seat time on your new toy

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Keep the exhaust system stock they are not bad on noise. Ok a few tips I work on these things for a living even though I am retired lol gives me something to do. DO NOT leave them sitting for any length of time with fuel in the carb or you will be getting the carb cleaned out etc. keep them serviced up good. in other words check all bolts nuts lube anything that can be lubed do it on a regular aises and as I said do not leave gas in the carb. If it is going to sit for more then a couple of weeks turn off the gas run the carb dry it is a lot eaiser to pull the tank and dump and flush then cleaning the carb. I also use stabil in all my gas powered toys to help prevent serious issues from sitting. They are fun and can be great work horses for hunting just keep them up regular oil and filter changes tire pressure proper and lubed.

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Thanks for the tips Mutt. I planned on getting Stabil and putting it in my cans when I buy gas. That way, whenever I add to the quad, it will be there. I do that now for my lawn mower I have at the cabin. Never had a problem with it in 5 years. It starts with about the second or third pull every spring. I'm taking it in this week or next to the dealer for a complete going over. Then, I'll probably do it once a year at the dealer. A little preventive maintence goes a long way and, in my opinion, is dollars well spent.

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Lynn, get some tie downs to keep that thing legal for towing in it's trailer. It'll also give you peace of mind when traveling long distances. Definitely get yourself and the wife some helmets for those "OH S#%&" moments. Broken bones and scrapes heal but your brain won't! Have fun with it buddy!

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Thanks for the suggestion about the tie downs, but it is. Yep, they just don't show up in the pictures. But again, thanks for letting me know in case I didn't have them on there.

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You did good! Those Polaris sportsmen are a good unit. That is amazing finding one with so few miles.I'll second the Stabil. We also have pumps at some of our cardlocks that have pure gas, for offroad engines only. No ethanol. The ethanol that has replaced MTBE in gas is why it causes so many problems these day. Might be Oregon only, but it is worth it if you can find it. Congrats on your purchase, you'll have a lot of fun with those things. How far is your cabin from the wind turbines up on the ridge?

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I look right up at the wind turbins on the ridge. I"m about 4 miles west of the pass. That's one place I'm going to be riding my quad.

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I always wanted to drive up to the turbines and get a close up look at them. Should be easy for you to do one your new ride. :smiley-sorry:

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Nice buy, Lynn. I've got the same year, only in puke green. Paid 3K for it with 700 some odd miles in something like 80 hours. It was bought from an old farmer who used it to pull his small fertilizer trailer. The only thing that has gone wrong (and I need to find someone to do the work ASAP) is that I think the CV's have gone out (I hope that's the extent). The right front wheel binded up and locked on me at about 20 miles an hour. I was lucky I only ended up on two wheels instead of getting thrown.Since my mishap I've heard more than a few stories about the CV's going out fairly quickly on these things. Watch them.Anyway, good buy, I'm sure you'll be very happy with it.

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