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Pic request, Polaris sportsman in short bed & loading advice

Discussion in 'All Terrain Vehicles' started by Mx SuperFly 25, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. Dec 2, 2011 at 5:34 PM
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    Mx SuperFly 25

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    I know there are similar threads but I'm looking for a visual to see how a sportsman 550 would fit in my truck (short bed). I have a bed extender and I don't think I should have any problems (besides the tailgate buckling). I was planning on putting a piece of plywood with a 2x4 screwed to it at the end going across the tailgate.. My truck is an 05' and doesn't have any reinforcement on the tailgate..

    I'm trying to figure out if its worth the hassle/risk or if I should splurge on a trailer...

    Your thoughts?

    Any pics of any size sportsman in a short bed would be appreciated..
     
  2. Dec 2, 2011 at 5:52 PM
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    haha my first thought was a measuring tape to. If your afraid about your tailgate check out the reinforcing threads, seems simple enough and using the 2x4 after its reinforced couldnt hurt anything.

    Im surprised theres not a ATV thread, it would help with stuff like this.
     
  3. Dec 3, 2011 at 5:33 AM
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    i have the reinforcement specs saved on my computer... just haven't made the time to do it.. i hate having to worry about the tailgate.. still love our tacoma's tho..

    when i goto the dealership i'm going to take some measurements with a tape measure.
     
  4. Dec 3, 2011 at 6:17 AM
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    this is my '12 sportsman 400. built on the same frame and suspension as the 500. I have the leveling kit on my truck with no lift in the rear. thats why it looks like im squatting so bad. the sportsman weighs 700 lbs. but i would suggetst a trailer. thats all i use. just tried it for fun
     
  7. Dec 6, 2011 at 5:05 PM
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    I went about 50 or 60 with one that size in my bed no problem, just make sure its strapped down good and the brake is on. Just be VERY careful about loading it. The wall of the bed is not tall enough to stop the fourwheeler before it hits the glass. and it will break the glass.
     
  8. Dec 6, 2011 at 5:12 PM
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    I have before but i dont like it. affects the steering too much.
     
  9. Dec 6, 2011 at 5:16 PM
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    well id tow it a long way with a trailer.
     
  10. Dec 6, 2011 at 5:18 PM
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    this is a 15ft or longer trailer for a skid steer. i towed it 20+ miles with no trouble. And for goodness sake, not the silverado sir lol read the signature!
     
  11. Dec 6, 2011 at 5:27 PM
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    Sounds like its time for some OME's!!!!
     
  12. Dec 6, 2011 at 5:32 PM
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    Heck yeah man! Im going for the Billies/Eibach combo and OME Dakar Springs
     
  13. Dec 7, 2011 at 6:22 PM
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    this is EXACTLY what i was looking for.. thank you!
     
  14. Dec 7, 2011 at 6:37 PM
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    no problem. its a tight fit as you can tell
     
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    That's what she said.

    looks like it's pretty possible, i guess the weight of the cab plus engine helps with balancing the load? For just one quad, i see no issues as long as it's strapped in properly.
     
  16. Mar 3, 2012 at 8:44 PM
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    i ended up getting a two place trailer to fit the two sportsmans.. thanks for the help
     
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