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Bringing a 1990 Polaris Indy 500 Back To Life!!

Been a while since I've lingered around here, but anyways, my friend picked up a 1990 Indy 500 for under $200 bucks that was in ok shape. I wanted one really bad to fix up so I threw $300 cash at him and he took it. I was happy and so was he. I got it home and started tear down. Pulled the motor and degreased and cleaned everything up in the engine bay and put everything back together with new fuel and coolant lines, carbs cleaned, new plugs, painted exhaust, cleaned airbox, and new fuel filter. Sled fired right up after gas filled the carbs and it runs pretty good! I'm happy with it and might turn and sell it for a profit and get another one or just keep it as a back up to my absolute mint 99 XC 500 I bought. Well here's some pics of it!
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Nice job! Looks like someone cares about it

How many of the airbox clips did you find under the engine? That's where I keep my spares

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lol dan anyways yea man it looks great it will be a fun sled for anyone your self or if u sell it that person

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Good job! A buddy of mine has one! The brakes caught on fire a coupla years back!
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There was a recall or service bulletin on the parking brake on that year, don't rely on it, as it can stick, causing the fire that KC mentioned. Some remove the lever completely. This is a safety recall, and as such, never "expires." If you are interested in having the dealer take care of it, the modification should be free.


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Ya this one doesnt have a parking brake. She runs pretty good but I'm thinking the chokes aren't set correctly as there is no gap in the lever. I'm also running some premix in it because it's all I had laying around that was new. I am taking it to the local swap meet this weekend and maybe selling it, or keeping it. On the bright side I am getting another wedge tonight hopefully! An Indy 650 that just needs a little work. I pretty much have a passion for these old wedge indy's and will always love them the most! Feels good to be 17 and having appreciation for the older things!

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Ya this one doesnt have a parking brake. She runs pretty good but I'm thinking the chokes aren't set correctly as there is no gap in the lever. I'm also running some premix in it because it's all I had laying around that was new. I am taking it to the local swap meet this weekend and maybe selling it, or keeping it. On the bright side I am getting another wedge tonight hopefully! An Indy 650 that just needs a little work. I pretty much have a passion for these old wedge indy's and will always love them the most! Feels good to be 17 and having appreciation for the older things!
Everything seems old when your 17! Enjoy your youth, it flies by!! Good luck with your Season!!!

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True that! It does fly by quickly. I'm only 18 and done with high school. And have only two weeks left of my advanced military training. From now on I'm taking things slow and enjoying everything I can get out of life. Especially snowmobiling!


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That sounds like a great sled. Have a blast with it!


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That looks really good man nice work
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I really enjoy threads like this. Taking something neglected and bringing it back to life. I do it often and should really do more pictures and videos. Paint the trailing arms and recover the seat and that will be a really nice machine.
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