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Old 12-29-2005, 08:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have just spent $400 having the stator replaced on my 1998 Sportsman 500. The dealer told me it is not a common problem but not uncommon either. Has anyone else had a stator problem? I am a little miffed as the machine only has 1300 miles on it and this is more money than I ever put into any of my previous Honda machines!
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Old 12-30-2005, 12:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Art,
I think that is pretty unusual. What was happening on your machine, were you just not charging?

I can't say I put my faith in the dealers and do most of the work myself...

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It would probably be cheaper to pull the stator and have a shop rewrap it. $400 is probably about right for having a dealer do it.

I hate dealers most of the time. However, there are some things I'd rather just have 'em do. I had my local dealer rebuild the motor in my snowmobile recently (Polaris RMK 800) and it was worth the $900 -- totally rebuilt including crankshaft bearings. Thing runs like a raped ape now.

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Rob,
I'll have to tell you about the dealer working on my machine during this last elk season, I was so mad, and they still didn't fix the problem...I did, once I pulled out the schematic and figured out the electrical...dealer gave me almost all of my money back...especially after I called Polaris...

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I repaired my brothers 1999 500 I sold him. This machine was not abused and always maintained. First problem at 1000 miles the cam wore away, a common problem, then 200 miles later the stator failed I bought the parts at discount and yes I recall the cam to be about $300 for parts and stator about $280. Not real happy with Polaris on either of these failures.
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Sorry to hear about the problems on your '99 SP500... I'll admit I'm curious... what are the symptoms of a cam going bad? I'm looking for a couple of older (97-00) Sportsman 500's to keep around for loaners, but the price has to be extremely good, particularly if these are repairs I'll get to look forward to.

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With the soft cams, the atv would idle but above 1/4 throttle it would spit and cough like a lean intake leak and no power, seeing that the valves are not opening all the way. Sometimes a look at rocker arm adjusters through access cover or doing a compression test will help find, the worst part is the metal from cam lobe is in the engine and hopefully you can flush it out and not have any bearing damage. When a stator fails it controls charging, ignition, and lighting, in this case it lost only the ignition portion but the stator is a assembly.
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