2011 Polaris Scrambler 500 4×4 review ATV Illustrated

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Polaris Scrambler 500

Ride Tested — The Scrambler 500 4×4


When it was introduced almost two ago in 1995, the Polaris Scrambler 400 tracks into fresh Before it there were two ATV categories, sport and utility. The 400EX, the Yamaha YFZ 450R and the Outlander 800 weren’t even on the board, and custom built ruled the racetrack, while the quad world was heavy on the side.

Single cylinder, engines were the big bore of the day. It all sounds like a that begins with: “A time ago in a galaxy far, away…”

Sport Utility

The Polaris Scrambler was introduced to the gap between pure sport and utility models by offering of the benefits of both. Originally as a 400cc two-…, today the 500 4×4 gets down the with a time tested, and true, 500cc four engine. Actually the entire would qualify as time by anyone’s definition, but that’s not a bad thing.

Underneath the bodywork, the 500 4×4 rides on a steel chassis which Polaris up in 2010. True to its sporty at the rear Polaris gave the a steel swingarm, a single disc brakes, a solid and chain drive with a easy to use eccentric chain system. Total rear travel is 10.5 inches.

The of the Scrambler is more like a ATV with shaft drive, disc brakes, and MacPherson offering 8.2 inches of travel. At the is a nice, good sized that does a good job of front end components but also excellent hand holds for you need to wrestle the Scrambler At a portly claimed dry weight of 559 the Scrambler is no light girl, so hope that’s not too often!

The Scrambler engine is a liquid 4 … mill fed by a 40mm carburetor rather than Mated to the engine is a CVT transmission Forward, Reverse, and Neutral, and new will appreciate the simplicity. most true Utility however, the transmission does not a Low working gear. We like the engine, but it takes the CVT a moment or two to up when you crack the throttle

This makes the motor a little sluggish at first, probably has more to do with the old CVT system rather than the A high performance roller style CVT like Polaris on the Sportsman XP models would wake it up.

The first thing notices on the Scrambler is the bodywork is bright, pliable and durable. aggressive styling lines to its sporty nature, but the big seat promises comfort for all day trail and it does not disappoint. Rather a set of foot pegs, Polaris the Scrambler 500 with full but there is a foot peg molded the plastic.

It does a decent job of anchoring foot, but we feel it could be taller and more aggressive. are no racks for hauling gear on end of the Scrambler bodywork and we never missed them, but Polaris offer racks as a simple accessory.

Controls on the Scrambler are to understand. On the left handlebar is the for the center-mounted headlight, the ignition and the single brake lever controls both the front and brakes. On the right bar end is the over-sized throttle, and the 4wd/2wd button. In the of the steering column is a choke a couple warning lights, and the

Just down below is a style fuel gauge gives you an idea of how much is left in the four gallon but be aware this type of is never overly accurate so long trail rides Just to the left of the tank is the shift lever.

To the Trails

the Scrambler 500 4×4 is meant for fun, we set off to conquer every of terrain we could find. We be climbing over logs, through the rocks, diving deep water and mud, and down sandy trails.

Once aboard the Scrambler, quickly notice it has a seating like nothing else. The plush seat quickly you settle into place, but the are decidedly old-school in their as compared to the seat. It reminds us much of the seating ergonomics on a which shouldn’t come as of a surprise considering Polaris is one of the in that market.

We would prefer a lower bar that us better arm leverage and put the rider in a aggressive position rather “cruiser” mode. We do like the layout, however, but we would ditch the oversized, knuckle-grating throttle for the vastly superior assembly found on the Sportsman XP

It was easy enough to start the and with a little help the choke and a twist of the key, the sprung to life. The starter as quiet as those from the XP but it gets the job done, and after a warm-up, we slipped the gear lever into Forward and into the wild. On the trails the lives up to its promise for fun, performance. The engine revs out and the clutch pulls all the way to the top end.

It was fun to down the trails and rail corners, but it’s also to forget the Scrambler is relatively and you aren’t going to push it with body English. gliding into the corners or hills, engine braking was but very controllable, and we consider it perfect for this machine.

Polaris Scrambler 500

When using the disc we do sometimes wish for separate and rear brake levers on the bars, but the single lever the job done which is a good since the rear foot lever is so high it’s to get your foot under it than on top of it in a usable position. action is also very and most trail bumps are up with nary a hint of to the rider.

It didn’t take us to find mud on the trails and long holes would be a good for the tires and 4wd. We kicked the into AWD and plowed into the The Scrambler immediately responded all 4 wheels clawing for traction and through the water. We easily every water hole on the whether only a few inches or nearly up to the seat.

We were glad that the CVT intake was enough we didn’t get the belt but should that happen is a CVT drain plug to help you drain it. Log crossings were much easier in 4wd, and when casually riding the we often left the Scrambler in 4wd no increased steering effort. much easier to rail the corners on some trails all four wheels digging.

Long Term Testing

We just take a machine out for a ride and proclaim it worthy of needs. We want you to know what to expect from machine we test and we still had a deal to learn about the that only many miles would tell.

It take us long to find the idle was set too high by the dealer. We it to be a little high on a brand new but after a lengthy break-in it was not returning to a lower idle so we adjusted it at the carb. The previous limit had been so high it was at the of CVT engagement which made very notchy, and reducing RPMs definitely helped it go gear much more

We also had a belt failure at 400 miles, most likely due to a idle condition that was to engage the CVT, and the result was a or burned belt, but it was easy to replace.

Thankfully, maintenance are extremely easy on the Scrambler 500 The paper air filter is right the seat and can be removed quickly, and a filter skin keeps grit from clogging it. Oil access is also excellent on the side of the engine, and a large dip and oil fill hole make oil a breeze.

We do like the tread pattern and of the Carlisle tires which well and do a good job in most but their one drawback is they are to cuts which can be fatal in the Far more common, however, is a wheel from the butter-soft rims which can practically be by kicking the tires. Be aware riding in any rocks!

The Original

Since the Polaris Scrambler was ATVs have changed Sport quads now range mild-mannered intro models to racers, many of today’s quads far outperform and out-handle the quads of a couple decades and new models with more have jumped into the category to compete with the 500 4×4. There is only one however, and even though it benefit from further it’s still doing it has always done best: lots of trail exploring

Polaris Scrambler 500
Polaris Scrambler 500
Polaris Scrambler 500

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