2000 Polaris Sportsman Specs

by Daniel Moverley
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The Polaris Company started in 1954 as a snowmobile building company and maintained this product line until 1984. This was when they introduced Polaris's first All Terrain Vehicle (ATV), released in 1984 and 1985. Since then, Polaris has expended its manufacturing line to include water crafts, motorcycles, off-road military vehicles and golf carts. In 2000, Polaris released the Polaris Sportsman 500 ATV.

Exterior And Dimensions

The 2000 Polaris Sportsman 500 ATV has a length of 81 inches, a height of 47 inches and a width of 46 inches. It has 11 inches of ground clearance, the wheel base is 50.5 inches and the total weight comes to 697 pounds. This ATV has front and rear cargo racks and floorboards made from composite material. The front cargo rack has a load capacity of 90 pounds, and the rear cargo rack has a load capacity of 180 pounds and a towing capacity of 1,225 pounds. The front tires are size 25 x 8-12, and the rear tires are size 25 x 11.0-10 and all four should be inflated to 5 pounds per square inch. The standard colors for most Polaris ATVs were green camouflage and red, but for the 2000 Sportsman 500 a yellow version was also released.

Engine Specifications

The 2000 Polaris Sportsman 500s engine is 499-cubic centimeters. It is a four valve, four stroke with counterbalance, liquid cooled engine with an electric starter. The starter comes with a back up recoil system, and a thumb switch activates the four-wheel independent shaft drive. The carburetor is a CV Mikuni and measures 34 mm at the venturi. This 2000 Polaris ATV also has a fuel capacity of 5.25 gallons.

Component Specs

The transmission for the 2000 Polaris Sportsman 500 is an automatic Polaris Variable Transmission, known as PVT. This allows the user to shift easily from high to low and reverse. The front and rear brakes are independent of each other, both incorporating hydraulic discs brakes. The rear brakes are activated by a hydraulic foot brake and the front a single lever. The rear suspension on this ATV is fully independent of the front with dual twin tube shocks and a progressive swing rate at 9.5 inches of travel. It also features an anti roll bar. The front suspension is made up of MacPherson struts that have 6.7 inches of travel.

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