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Old 01-29-2017, 09:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Looks like I'm going to be on the shelf for a bit. So if Mother Nature kicks into high gear now, you guys can thank me!!

I'm trying to stay positive, but it's depressing as hell when you know you're "done". We were out yesterday, on a couples trip, and a buddy of mine was using my sled for the day. About midway through the ride, I see him puled over to the side of the trail and that sinking feeling is going through my mind ... just by the way he's standing there. He says, "Bontz - something's wrong. I heard a big BANG and then some grinding noise."

I go to pull off my side panel, and before I even get started I see oil is pouring out ... and all I can think of is, "oh fawk". Pulled the side panel and see shrapnel under the clutching, and then I see it ... my ring gear from electric start snapped off and grenaded. Oil is pouring out from my oil reservoir, which I eventually found was due to the oil line being severed from the reservoir altogether. My primary has some nice gouges in it, and my secondary - of all things - has about a nickel sized hole in the outer sheeve.

I'm still not 100% sure of what all is wrong inside because I just wanted to get the thing off the trail. So we towed it to the nearest road & I worked out a plan to go get my truck & trailer. I assume it's the ring gear that did it all, but need to look it over closer. Now my biggest fear is warranty - might be a learning lesson for me. When I snowchecked, I opted out of the 4-year plan (never really keep my sleds that long and never had much need). I'm hoping it's the 2-year warranty on it, where the 1st year is Polaris and the 2nd year is the deductible. If it's a 1-year warranty, I'm hosed.

I'll try to get some pics later today. But the one take away I'm having from this is .... it really makes me second guess electric start. Ugh
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Old 01-29-2017, 09:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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OMG, first thing, thankful no one was hurt. Since we've just seen two other posts where a ring gear / possible bolts failed, tends to make a person think your issue could be along the same lines. With that said, even if your out of warranty it's the kind of issue Polaris should step up to the plate on regardless of warranty or not.
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That sucks. But you will have warranty because all S\C sleds get 2 year warranty.

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I was looking at many different demo sleds when I was purchasing this fall and I opted for the only non-es sled they had. Mostly because just adding ES bumped the price 700$. Now with some of the issues we are seeing that are directly related to ES I am happier just pull starting the sled.

Hopefully Polaris steps up to the plate if this starts to be a safety issue and does a recall.
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Looks like I'm going to be on the shelf for a bit. So if Mother Nature kicks into high gear now, you guys can thank me!!

I'm trying to stay positive, but it's depressing as hell when you know you're "done". We were out yesterday, on a couples trip, and a buddy of mine was using my sled for the day. About midway through the ride, I see him puled over to the side of the trail and that sinking feeling is going through my mind ... just by the way he's standing there. He says, "Bontz - something's wrong. I heard a big BANG and then some grinding noise."

I go to pull off my side panel, and before I even get started I see oil is pouring out ... and all I can think of is, "oh fawk". Pulled the side panel and see shrapnel under the clutching, and then I see it ... my ring gear from electric start snapped off and grenaded. Oil is pouring out from my oil reservoir, which I eventually found was due to the oil line being severed from the reservoir altogether. My primary has some nice gouges in it, and my secondary - of all things - has about a nickel sized hole in the outer sheeve.

I'm still not 100% sure of what all is wrong inside because I just wanted to get the thing off the trail. So we towed it to the nearest road & I worked out a plan to go get my truck & trailer. I assume it's the ring gear that did it all, but need to look it over closer. Now my biggest fear is warranty - might be a learning lesson for me. When I snowchecked, I opted out of the 4-year plan (never really keep my sleds that long and never had much need). I'm hoping it's the 2-year warranty on it, where the 1st year is Polaris and the 2nd year is the deductible. If it's a 1-year warranty, I'm hosed.

I'll try to get some pics later today. But the one take away I'm having from this is .... it really makes me second guess electric start. Ugh
man that sucks. kind of strange that the drive would do anything when it's not cranking. just kind of sits there. almost as bad as my kidney stone taking me out , missing all the good early season riding. cost wise, we are probably spending the same.
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That's several of the same issue in a couple days now.
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At least it didn't damage your cases Bontz.... Clutches are easily replaced... You should be back up and running in no time.... Fight with warranty dept. later if need be....
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If it is covered by warrenty then you should be fine sucks tho. Can the dealer not loan you a sled in the meantime? Would suck to be done so early, especially if your season came late ...
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Bontz that sucks, I was thinking about getting ES when I pull the trigger on a new 1 soon. Now I'm reconsidering. Good luck with the warranty too this is something they should be covering
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