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Polaris Clutch Failure ~ General 1000 Blown Primary Clutch ~ Cant Shift into Park / Slams into Gear!


2018 with 1700 miles and the primary is trashed. Spider nut came loose, one way bearing is shot, and one of the rollers froze, which damaged one of the weights. Is this common?
 

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Bad things can happen if you don't blow out your clutches and clutch case periodically.
Do you drive through lots of water where some water could have gotten in the clutch case?
These are not real common things but the Spider Nut can come loose. It usually acts like loss of speed but high RPM's.
A roller can hang up which sometimes is caused by water inside the case getting on the rollers and on the pins.
 

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But do you remove the CVT housing cover and use compressed air to blow the clutches out after a couple days dusty riding?
If the original owner drove mostly on paved road. Probably not much damage from dust. If you've been driving in dusty conditions, you would be amazed how quickly dust will destroy Polaris clutches.
The major components are Magnesium, a little better than Aluminum...but not a lot. So wear from dust happens pretty quickly.
Of the items you mention as shot...all but the bearing are most likely due to dust.

Get yourself a pair of Outerwears to go over the under hood combustion air and clutch cooling air inlets. That will help keep a lot of dust out of the CVT...clutch housing.
You machine should have the Frogzskin cover on the grille behind the driver's door. That's the Secondary CVT cooling air inlet.

Just sayin'
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But do you remove the CVT housing cover and use compressed air to blow the clutches out after a couple days dusty riding?
If the original owner drove mostly on paved road. Probably not much damage from dust. If you've been driving in dusty conditions, you would be amazed how quickly dust will destroy Polaris clutches.
The major components are Magnesium, a little better than Aluminum...but not a lot. So wear from dust happens pretty quickly.
Of the items you mention as shot...all but the bearing are most likely due to dust.

Get yourself a pair of Outerwears to go over the under hood combustion air and clutch cooling air inlets. That will help keep a lot of dust out of the CVT...clutch housing.
You machine should have the Frogzskin cover on the grille behind the driver's door. That's the Secondary CVT cooling air inlet.

Just sayin'
Pirate
Yes, blowing up the clutches is definitely important. Removing all of the dust eliminates a lot of friction. I was just surprised to see the primary have so much damage for an on road cruiser
 
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