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I was just wondering what modifications I can do to gain more power from my 2000 Sportsman 500? I have had it since it was brand new and now that I have my Preddy, the Sportsman seems so slow. I know it isn't a high performance racer and isn't intended to be such. But I would like to renew it's power and would like some valid suggestions of what some of you might've done. Thanks. Crypto
 

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Hey Crypto,

We've got three sportsman 500's, and this is a couple of things we did. We replace d the belt with a new kevlar sportsman 700 belt. It seems to give it a touch more, I think it just engages better. We also adjusted the rear suspension. Generally, it comes from the dealer set at the softest setting. Go up two clicks on it. This will help to eliminate the squat you feel on acceleration, and it really helps climbing steep hills. There are some posts on this and other forums about clutch kits, but from what I can see, the feelings are kind of mixed. It is a utility machine, and the faster you can go, the faster you can tear up stuff too, I suppose.

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Check out my sportsman... http://www.scrtc.com/~mrsw
 

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I also have three 500 sportsmans and did as was stated above, mine have K & N filters too. I did just get a jetting kit for one to try out, if I can tell a difference will do the others.The 700 belts are ribbed on the top for cooling
I had put 700 belts on my old 400's (2001) they did not have EBS then and it helped with the long downhills to keep the clutch engaged.
 

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So can I really put a 700 belt on a 2000 Sportsman 500? What year 700 belt should I buy? It's time for wilderness riding here and it's time for a new belt. What do you think?
 

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Your Sportsman engine will respond to pipe and air cleaner modifications like any other engine. If you can get more air in through a modified intake and more exhaust out with a better than stock pipe the quad will come alive.You will have to rejet to match the increase in air.



The drive clutch can also be modified with a clutch kit to change the engagement point for turning bigger or more agressive tires. If ground clearance isn't a consideration going to a smaller tire will have the same affect as changing the sprocket on your Pred. Remember that all 4 tires need to be the same size for the 4x4 to work properly.



One of the best improvements I've found is to get rid of the stock tires and put on a set of ITP Mudlites and aluminum rims. They will give the quad much better traction and less unsprung weight.


The last thing I've found is removing weight from the quad paying special attention to the front of the quad. The more weight you can get off the front the more sporty the quad will feel.



Hope some of this helps,I spent a lot of years riding utility quads and they're a lot of fun! Good Luck!




P.S. I have many links for parts for utility quads if you need them.
 
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