2007 Polaris Sportsman 500 Specs and Review

2007 marked the 2nd year of the X2 trims and the Active Descent Control feature of the Polaris Sportsman 500. Since the lineup’s inception in 1996, the quad has undergone several improvements – all for the benefit and enjoyment of Polaris consumers.

The 2007 Polaris Sportsman 500 is part of Polaris’ most successful and best-selling ATV series. Its morphing second-passenger seat, multifunctional dump box, selectable All-Wheel Drive System, and revolutionary Electronic Fuel Injection underscore the positives of this purpose-built quad.

Ground-breaking features, a proven-and-tested vehicle design, and consumer-centric models – all these strategically contribute to earning the Sportsman family its moniker as the “The World’s Toughest ATV.” Discover all these and more as you continue reading this guide on the 2007 Polaris Sportsman 500.

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Unrivaled in Versatility

Regarded as best in class in terms of safety and versatility, the 2007 Polaris Sportsman 500 is known never to compromise any measurable area of off-road performance. Except for full-on side-by-sides, there is no other 4×4 that can haul tons of load and safely carry more than one passenger on a wooded trail ride. This four-wheeler is a true all-rounder – it can turn into your weekday workhorse, adventure buddy, or rescue transport anytime you need it to while promising the same level of performance, regardless of its function.

Trims

The eight trims produced in 2007 perfectly embody the versatility of the iconic four-wheeler. Depending on need, riders can choose a standard or deluxe version of any trim available. Either the single-seater or X2 model would be an excellent choice for the smart adventurer. Here is a list of all Sportsman 500s released in 2007:

TrimModel
2007 Polaris Sportsman 500 EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection, Standard)A07MH50AX/AY/AZ/AQ
2007 Polaris Sportsman 500 EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection, Deluxe)A07MN50AL/AF
2007 Polaris Sportsman 500 EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection, International)A07MH50FC
2007 Polaris Sportsman 500 EFI (EFI, Limited Edition)unknown
2007 Polaris Sportsman 500 EFI (EFI, Browning Hunter Edition)unknown
2007 Polaris Sportsman 500 X2 EFI (EFI, Two-Up, Standard)A07TH50AU/AZ/AQ
2007 Polaris Sportsman 500 X2 EFI (EFI, Two-Up, Deluxe)A07TN50AF
2007 Polaris Sportsman 500 X2 EFI (EFI, Two-Up, International)A07TH50EA

These utility quads can use tons of accessories – from snowplows to gun scabbards to utility trailers to recovery winches like KFI Combo Kit – A3000 Winch & Winch Mount (view on Amazon). Additionally, Polaris-exclusive features such as Active Descent Control, On-Demand AWD/2WD Drive System, and Lock & Ride attachment system make the Sportsman model a cut above the rest. In general, the 4×4 receives mostly positive 2007 Polaris Sportsman 500 reviews from its followers. The only exception is that some owners and fanatics find the painted steel wheels too utilitarian and the vehicle’s overall aesthetics lacking sizzle.

2007 Polaris Sportsman 500 Specs & Features

Blue 2007 Polaris Sportsman 500 EFI ATV

Engine

The main differences between the single- and two-seater versions are the list price, compression pressure, and fuel tank capacity. All other engine specifications are the same across all models.

Identification 2007 Polaris Sportsman 500 EFI 2007 Polaris Sportsman 500 X2 EFI
Model Type Utility ATV Utility ATV
Base MSRP (US) $6,999 $7,899
Engine Type Fuji Single-cylinder
Engine Stroke 4-stroke
Cooling System / Capacity Liquid (2.5 US quarts/2.4 liters)
Valves / Configuration 4/OHV
Valves per Cylinder 4
Bore-Stroke Ratio 92 x 75 mm (3.62 x 2.96 inches)
Displacement 499 cm3 (30.4 ci3)
Compression Ratio 10.2:1
Compression Pressure 50-90 psi w/ compression release 60-90 psi w/ compression release
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection
Fuel Type Leaded or unleaded gasoline
Fuel Capacity / Requirement 4.1 US gallons (15.6 liters) of PON 87 minimum or 89 (oxygenated) 6 US gallons (22.7 liters) of PON 87 minimum or 89 (oxygenated)
Fuel Filter 10 micron in-line, 30 micron in-tank (non-replaceable)
Fuel Injector / Controller Visteon VP5U1U-12A650-AA
Fuel Injector Size 39 mm
Fuel Pump (in Tank Assembly) 25 liters/hour @ 39 psi
Lubrication Pressurized Dry Sump
Exhaust System Single-pipe, USFS-approved

Lubrication

Oil capacity is 2 US quarts/1.9 liters of SAE 0W-40 Polaris Premium 4 Synthetic Lubricant or its equivalent. Note that using other oil variants may require you to do more frequent oil changes.

Drivetrain

An automatic Polaris Variable Transmission with a one-way compound EBS clutch system handles the power. As such, X2 and deluxe models require the same belt (PN 3211113). X2 trims have a three-position AWD thumb switch found on the right handlebar that includes “Turf” mode.

Transmission 2007 Polaris Sportsman 500 EFI 2007 Polaris Sportsman 500 X2 EFI
Transmission Type Drum shift (H/L/N/R/P)
Clutch Type PVT (standard models)
PVT w/ EBS (deluxe models)
PVT w/ EBS
Primary Drive (Front/Rear Wheel) Shaft / Belt
Transmission Capacity 32 oz. / 948 ml
Front Gearcase Capacity – CH 8.97 oz. / 265 ml (Centralized Hilliard)
Front Gearcase Capacity – ADC 9.3 oz. / 275 ml (Active Descent Control)
Gear Ratio 23.91:1 – low
21.74:1 – rev
10.57:1 – high
3.82:1 – front drive
Belt 3211113 (EBS models)
3211077 (non-EBS models)
3211113 (EBS models)

Ignition

The 2007 Polaris Sportsman 500 base and X2 models each have different ignition timing settings. Like its engine, everything else electrical is shared, including a 12V, 30 Ah 385-CCA (Cold Cranking Amps) battery with assembled dimensions of 6.60 x 4.96 x 6.88 inches (168 x 126 x 175 mm – L x W x H) located under the tank. Given perfect storage conditions, a brand-new battery should last 6-8 months. Regularly check its condition and fully charge your battery before storage to help extend shelf life.

Electrical 2007 Polaris Sportsman 500 EFI 2007 Polaris Sportsman 500 X2 EFI
Starter Electric / Recoil
Alternator Output 350 watts @ 6,000 RPM
Ignition System DC-CDI Ignition 
Ignition Timing 13° ± 3 BTDC @ 1,150 RPM 10° ± 1 BTDC @ 1,150 RPM
Spark Plug / Gap NGK BKR6E, 0.036 inches (0.9 mm)
Battery / AMP HR Lead acid, 30 Ah (YTX30L-BS variants)
Circuit Breakers Switched power, fuel pump, ignition coil, accessory power – 10 amp
Fan – 12 amp ECU – 15 amp
Lights – 20 amp
Instrument Cluster Analog speedometer w/ LCD, Digital Odometer, Tachometer, Twin Tripmeter, Gear Indicator, Fuel Gauge, AWD Indicator, Hi-Temp/Low-Batt Lights, DC Outlet

Tires & Brakes

Front and rear wheels of standard and deluxe trims use all-terrain tires (26 x 8-12 and 26 x 11-12). They are an inch larger than those on the two-seater models. Conversely, X2 models have dual hydraulic discs on all fours, while the base and deluxe ones have a single hydraulic disc at the rear. As with all other Polaris all-terrain vehicles, the manufacturer recommends using only DOT 3 brake fluid when assembling or servicing brakes. Doing so will prevent contamination and swelling of rubber components.

Wheels, Tires & Brakes 2007 Polaris Sportsman 500 EFI 2007 Polaris Sportsman 500 X2 EFI
Wheel Composition Cast aluminum (deluxe), Steel (base)
Wheel Size / Pattern – Front 12 x 6 / 4-156
Wheel Size / Pattern – Rear 12 x 8 / 4-156
Front Tire (Full Spec) Polaris PXT 26 X 8-12 (deluxe) Titan 26 X 8-12 (base) Polaris PXT 25 X 8-12
Rear Tire (Full Spec) Polaris PXT 26 X 11-12 (deluxe) Titan 26 x 11-12 (base) Polaris PXT 25 X 11-12
Recommended Air Pressure 5 psi (34.47 kPa/0.35 kg-f/cm2)
Brake – Front Dual hydraulic discs
Brake – Rear Single hydraulic disc Dual hydraulic discs

Suspension

There is a slight difference in the rear wheel travel between base/deluxe models and two-seaters. Similarly, the turning radius increased by 17 inches for X2 models due to its longer wheelbase and overall length, making for a more stable ride even when riding steep descents. There is still no rebound damping for both and rear, although the rear shocks are preload-adjustable.

Suspension 2007 Polaris Sportsman 500 EFI 2007 Polaris Sportsman 500 X2 EFI
Front Suspension Type A-arm / MacPherson Strut
Front Travel 8.2 inches/208 mm
Rear Suspension Type Progressive-rate independent coil (IRS) over shocks
Rear Travel 9.5 inches/241 mm 8.75 inches/222 mm
Shock Preload Adjustment (Front/Rear) Front – Non-adjustable, Rear – Ratchet style (standard)
Front Central Suspension Strut / Stabilizer Bar No / No
Number of Rear Shock Absorbers 2 (non-air-adjustable)
Toe Out 0.0625 inches/0.159 mm
Turning Radius (Unloaded) 65 inches/165.1 cm 82 inches/208 cm (unlocked)

Dimensions

Towing capacity of 1,225 lbs/555.6 Kg and hitch tongue weight of 120 lbs/54.4 Kg remain unchanged across all trims. Expectedly, rear capacity is higher for X2 models but should not exceed 400 lbs/181 Kg when combined with tongue weight.

Technical Specifications 2007 Polaris Sportsman 500 EFI 2007 Polaris Sportsman 500 X2 EFI
Overall Dimensions (L x W x H) 83 x 48 x 48 inches
(2,110 x 1,220 x 1,220 mm)
93 x 48 x 48 inches
(2,360 x 1,220 x 1,220 mm)
Length 6.92 ft 7.75 ft
Wheelbase 50.5 inches/1,283 mm 57 inches/1,448 mm
Ground Clearance 11.25 inches/286 mm 11 inches/279 mm
Dry Weight 715 lbs/324 Kg 798 lbs/362 Kg
Payload Capacity (Front & Rear) 270 lbs/81.6 Kg 490 lbs/222.3 Kg
Towing Capacity 1,225 lbs/555.6 Kg
Tongue Weight 120 lbs/54.4 Kg
GVWR 1,200 lbs/544 Kg 1,500 lbs/680 Kg
Engine Displacement to Weight (CC) 0.69 0.63

Exterior

The SPIRIT-body-style frame of the 2007 Polaris Sportsman 500 is a Gen IV type. It has a medium gloss black finish, with a plastic body material in Sonic blue/black, Sage Brush Green, Fire Red/black, and Mossy Oak New Break-Up brand camo (for the Browning Hunter Edition). Limited-Edition Sportsman 500s were available in Stealth Black, Sunset Red, and Stone Beige. Aside from being convertible, X2 models also had extra add-ons and features not present in base models. A Polaris Sportsman ATV Storage & Transport Cover (view on Amazon) will be a great way to protect your quad from the sun, rain, and dirt.

Exterior 2007 Polaris Sportsman 500 EFI 2007 Polaris Sportsman 500 X2 EFI
Frame / Body Style Steel/Spirit
Body Material Composite
Hand Grips Standard
Floor Board Location Driver Driver and Passenger
Brush Guard No
Light Guard No
Radiator Guard No
Front/Rear Fender Standard
Front/Rear Bumper Standard
Handlebars Standard
Bash Plate (Front) Yes
Rear Hitch Type Receiver
Rear Rack Extension No (base), Yes (deluxe)
Rear Work Lights No (base), Yes (deluxe)
Winch No (base), Yes (deluxe)
Cargo Bed Tilt / Material N/A Yes
Front Storage Well Standard
Rear Storage Well Standard
Seat Type / Material One Piece, Vinyl (non-adjustable) One Piece, Vinyl
Seat Location Driver Driver and Passenger
Folding No Yes
Seat Height 33.8 inches/857 mm 34 inches/863.6 mm
Number of Seats 1 2
Backrest Type N/A Fixed
Lumbar Adjustment N/A No
Grab Rail or Strap N/A Standard

Lighting

Dual 37-watt grille-mounted low-beam lights located on the front fenders and a 50-watt pod headlight provide superior light distribution. Lighting also includes an 8.26-watt brake light, 26.9-watt taillight, 13-watt work lights (for deluxe models), and single-warning light indicators. You can replace stock Halogen lights with LED ones like Nilight 9-inch 96w 9200LM Black Round Spot Lights (view on Amazon) for improved visibility.

On-Demand AWD/2WD Drive System

This feature activates by a switch on the right handlebar and allows the front axles to engage whenever the rear wheels lose traction and disengage when the opposite happens. X2 models have a lockable differential with a third position for the “Turf” mode, allowing only one rear wheel to be a drive wheel. 2WD and “Turf” modes are excellent for treading on slippery and fragile surfaces, while AWD works best in mud, deep snow, sand, and rock-crawling sections.

Lock & Ride Cargo System

Since 2004, this rack technology with no-tool installation has improved in look and functionality. It allows riders to attach or detach rear cargo boxes when they need access to the composite utility racks. It increases luggage capacity, making the vehicle a worthy transport for all-day adventures.

Active Descent Control

On ADC-equipped Sportsman 500s, the said system allows engine braking to all four wheels during a descent. Its reservoir is by the radiator fill cap and is available for 2007 Polaris Sportsman 500 deluxe trims only (applies to base and X2 models).

How Much Is a 2007 Polaris Sportsman 500?

The MSRP for the ’07 Sportsman model ranges from $6,999 to $8,799, with the deluxe X2 models being the priciest. The Mossy Oak Break-Up brand camo trim prices begin at $7,399. For $1,750 on top of your quad’s base price, you can have AM/FM radio with CD player and speakers, power blades/plow, standard utility trailer, and winch included in the package. These add-ons bring the 2007 Polaris Sportsman 500 value to as high as $10,549 – that is, excluding performance mods and custom parts.

Auction listings for the vehicle fall anywhere between $1,400 and $4,250 – with units above $3,000 typically in good running condition and with new tires and performance parts. You would be lucky to purchase a limited-edition 4×4 in near-mint condition with utility accessories at this price point. When purchasing pre-loved units, always inquire about the vehicle’s history, its use, and whether or not it was stored for a considerable period before being sold. More importantly, prepare to spend a few dollars for minor repairs.

2007 Polaris Sportsman 500 Problems

2007 Polaris Sportsman 500 ATV

Clunking Noise

You may hear this sound when pulling a holeshot and may even experience it as early as a week into using your quad. This noise is usually caused by bushings that are either missing or completely gone, which results in the washer popping onto the top of the bolt. In some scenarios, this clunking noise may be from a fuel gauge malfunction (where you show a full tank but are, in reality, bone dry). But the worst case is you may need to replace your entire fuel tank to resolve this problem. This problem is quite common and could happen to anyone. Some owners even say it a sure way to tell if you have bought a lemon.

Hot Check Engine Warning

This problem surfaced with the 2004.5 Polaris Sportsman 500 – when Polaris put in a new electrical wiring system into the 4×4. Since then, succeeding model years have had the same issue, which mostly traces back to an ECM or voltage rectifier/regulator fault. There is no true way to really test an ECM for functional errors. All you can do is bypass sensors around it and isolate the probable cause via deduction. Ultimately, you will need the help of a Polaris dealer.

As symptoms can be a tad confusing, I recommend checking your throttle free play at the first sign of this issue and see if it is more than 1/16 in at the end of the lever. If yes, then there is an ETC switch that needs to be adjusted correctly. Note any trouble codes as these would also be of help along the way (although in most cases, there are no other error codes accompanying this issue).

If you are fond of crossing shallow water, then an ignition wire may have possibly gotten wet. If you suspect this, inspect the wire from the ignition coil to the spark plug. Make sure both ends are seated and properly sealing. Examine your radiator and rid it of any clogs or other types of obstruction. As a last resort, determine that you indeed have an ’07 model and are not affected by the ECM recall Polaris had for older Sportsman models.

Erratic Idling

Along with bogging, this is one of the symptoms that indicates a rich mixture in your four-wheeler’s fuel system. Several probable causes are behind erratic idling, including incorrect throttle cable adjustment, dragging belt, tight valves, fouled spark plug and failed sensor – to name a few. Depending on the actual cause, you may need to fix an electrical problem or clean/repair certain components.

TIP: Being on top of scheduled maintenance and keeping your vehicle spic and span after every use is not only how you best prevent the occurrence of these problems but also fundamental to owning a Sportsman. You can always check your owner’s manual and the Polaris community for assistance on how to keep your four-wheeler in stellar riding condition.

About Polaris

Polaris Inc. is an American corporation that designs, manufactures, and markets off-road vehicles and motorcycles for leisure and utility use. Known to pioneer the snowmobile industry, the maker of the 2007 Polaris Sportsman 500 began as a farm equipment manufacturer before producing the 1956 Sno Traveler, which helped place it on the map. After the 1968 Textron, Inc. acquisition, there was no way for the company to go but up. At present, the world recognizes Polaris as a key player in the ATV landscape, widely-known for its ground-breaking innovations such as Electronic Fuel Injection and Independent Rear Suspension (IRS) and its production of the first-ever U.S.-made ATV in 1985.

Conclusion – 2007 Polaris Sportsman 500 Review

One of the main reasons behind the riding community’s preference for the Sportsman 500 is its set of trailblazing features that come in extremely handy when riding off-pavement. With EFI, ADC, AWD, and convertible trims continuing to evolve in the past couple of decades, off-roaders can be assured of continuing to rely on the 500-cc vehicle. Polaris bringing back the Polaris Sportsman 500 for 2007 can only mean good news for consumers and loyalists (and more vintage classics to collect and ride for present-day enthusiasts like us). The legacy of the Sportsman lineup that spurred the creation of big-bore machines, no doubt, continues to live on.

Kris Peter

Adventure seeker and off-road enthusiast. I love the thrill of going off-road and taking on the elements.

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