by David CurtisUpdated on October 25, 2017
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Polaris began manufacturing all-terrain vehicles, known as ATVs, in 1985. The Sportsman model was introduced in 1995 and now the name encompasses much of the Polaris four-wheel ATV line with many different models and options. The Polaris Sportsman uses the standard 17-character VIN format. Often times the VIN is required to obtain the proper replacement parts from the suppliers. Locate and decode the VIN to reveal specific information about your Polaris vehicle.
Find the vehicle identification number stamped on the left side frame rail. Look inside the left front wheel on the right side next to the fender. Use a brush to clean the surface and a flashlight to help read the VIN. Find the VIN tag welded to a tube in the front fender wheel well area on early Sportsman ATVs. Write it down for reference. The VIN can also be found on the vehicle’s title.
Interpret the first two characters to find out where the Sportsman was made. The numbers 1 and 4 designate North America and X is the United States.
Interpret the third through eighth characters by entering the number into a VIN decoder found on the Internet. This will tell you the vehicle type, body style, and engine type of your specific ATV. The ninth character is a check digit to mathematically verify the legitimacy of a VIN.
Interpret the 10th character to find the year the vehicle was manufactured. The letter S is used for 1995, T for 1996, V for 1997, W for 1998, X for 1999, Y for 2000. The number 1 is used for 2001, 2 for 2002, 3 for 2003, 4 for 2004, 5 for 2005, 6 for 2006, 7 for 2007, 8 for 2008 and 9 for 2009.
Interpret the eleventh character through an internet decoder to find the plant code. You can also find it by contacting Polaris Industries.
Interpret the remaining six digits. This is the build sequence and serial number for the Polaris Sportsman.