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I spoke with Polaris today by phone. They are not aware of any steering stem alignment problems but will now look into it. My handlebars are 1" off measured from end of handlebars to floor on each side. I went to the dealer and their quads on showroom floor were off too. Called dealer up north and his quads had same problem. All were checked with tire pressures equalized; front shock preload equalized, handlebars straight ahead and measured the floor to center of front hub distance to assure tire size differential. I encourage you to check yours as well. I know Rob G. replaced his steering post and it did not correct problem. Please list here if your bars are off and not due to a rollover. Polaris will be monitoring this post. Thanks!
 

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only 1/8" here...
 

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I'll check after dinner, but did anyone try jacking and leveling the front end when they measured?
 

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Yes I checked the frame for being level before I measured, the level across the bars is only slightly off (1/8") also measures the same from the floor left being the low side.
 

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mine are about 1/4 out...left being lower than right. However it looks to be more of a function of the bars not being bent right than than the stem.
 

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New update!!!!!!!!!! Received a call from dealer today. It seems Polaris is very interested in obtaining pics of my frame and will possibly be trading the frame out. The dealer believes the frame was welded in the jig so as to offset the whole front end. A steering post doesn't even fix my problem. Check your quads and get them to your dealers guys! Spread the word and have your friends do the measurements. UGH!!!
 

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Monty;
Yours sounds fine. Mine was off over 1". I just got off the phone with Polaris. My Predator is brand new and I figured they should just give me another new Predator. Polaris says "no". If it is the frame; it is considered a "repairable" part and I have to trust my dealer to switch everything from my quad to the new frame. That's real confidence inspiring! I should trust a shop to do a full assembly that mainly factory employees are trained to do? Will they treat the quad right? Torque and loctite bolts? Scratch the paint up? Ack!
I know...I'm paranoid!
 

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Is it really worth a new frame for 1/2"? Maybe for 1" I can see dealing with this issue, but not for the same frame. Who says that the new one will be right. It may be a little better but it could still be off. I say ride it until it breaks. By then there will be a stronger and LIGHTER aftermarket frame out there to buy. I would rather spend the $2000-$3000 on a stronger, lighter frame and do the transfer myself than take a chance on the dealers and service around here. I would be afraid that I would get it back and have worse probelms than my bars being 1/2" lower on one side. I have not even measured mine and I don't care to. As far as I am concerned, it runs great and feels great. I think its great that people are finding things that can be fixed by polaris and benefit future version of the Predator, but some of the things are not worth fixing on the current versions. If i were riding pro level or nationally i would take this seriously, but for my recreational riding, its not going to make much difference. Thats just my 2 cents and take it with a grain of salt.
 

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Localbuzz;
Would you accept this if it were a new Harley Davidson? Well; let's just say that this is my Harley. I bought Polaris because of the quality which I have experienced in the past. I expect no less with my Predator. How would you suggest that I explain this to a future buyer when i'm trying to sell it to buy a newer model someday? This problem is so obvious that it looks like it has been rolled. Maybe you have extra cash to burn on an aftermarket frame. I don't and I never buy a new quad thinking that I will replace the frame. If I wanted that kind of quality; I would have bought a Suzuki 400!
 

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the predator is very good quality. i have had um all and the jap bikes seem to be made cheep to me.
 

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Sport, I totally understand where you are coming from on this issue. There is a 1" difference on yours. That is significant enough to warrant having polaris fix it. I hope you get it fix and I hope they do it quickly and it turns out great. All I know is that I personally am happy with the way my predator handles and feels and that I am not going to worry about it. I hope that everyone that finds this problem and wants it fixed does so and holds Polaris accountable for it. I use to race sport bikes and if my tech had my suspension off by a fraction, I let him know about in a BIG way. But that was serious stuff and now i am just into recreational riding and i don't worry about stuff as much. good luck with getting the new frame.
 

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I put my pro-tapers and the trailtech clamp on today and the distance from the bar end to the ground is at 41 1/8 on the clutch side and 41 3/16 on the brake side. It was off approx. 5/8 with the stock bars, only it has never been rolled or flip, either they were slightly off from the factory, or the pro-tapers are off slightly the opposite way. Oh well, they **** near perfect now, so I can't complain.
 

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Mine is off 5/8 and the clutch side is the lower of the two. I leveled the frame and the stem was perfectly plum so the promblem must be the bend in the bars.
 
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