Polaris Outlaw 500 Specs and Review 2022

Polaris Outlaw 500: The year 2006 was the year of the IRS-equipped sport ATV – due to the Polaris Outlaw 500. 

Extreme and radical, as well as ready for racing, this four-wheeler just tapped into Polaris’s signature creativity but also became the basis for the current race quads. 

Polaris Outlaw 500

Due to its important role in ATV time, it will be fascinating to learn more about the famous four-wheeler.

A precursor of the 525 KTM powered IRS The Polaris Outlaw 500 is fondly described by off-road enthusiasts to be “the Chuck Norris of the quad world.”

Produced from 2006 until 2007, this machine had a Pro steering technology, a top speed of 82 mph. speed and was the first sports quad ever to feature IRS.

As if these achievements weren’t enough as it is, it was also noted that the Polaris Outlaw 500 bested 43 other sport ATVs at the time of its first year of operation, as per the ATV magazine’s user ratings.

With its engineered design well-engineered suspension system and overall style, it is designed for wooded, technical roads and race in the desert.

Polaris Outlaw 500

It’s the “Action Star” of ATVs.

Action movie star actors are a popular choice for lead actors in action films. They rise and fall in popularity, yet they never get forgotten. 

They are talented, and cool and are able to give their adversaries an enraged smack. The truth is that the descriptions above perfectly match the Polaris Outlaw 500.

In 2006, the 500-cc Outlaw didn’t waste time in introducing the ATV market in the direction of Independent Rear Suspension (IRS). 

This revolutionary concept significantly improved the ability of a quad to maneuver and the ability to absorb bumps in the road. 

This new technology caught everyone by shock (a very pleasant surprise at that) and permanently etched the Polaris Outlaw 500′s image in the pages of the history of off-roading.

The Outlaw create the IRS time period of four-wheelers however, it made the short production run worth it. 

Additionally, the car became the basis for the Polaris sport quads, which won awards like the 525 IRS.

It was able to conquer the bumpy sections of sand and was able to navigate the tight and winding trails, without even breaking a sweat. It gave riders the experience that they were riding on clouds.

Literally and literally and literally, getting off the line and moving to the front appeared to be a breeze at this race. Polaris Outlaw 500.

Polaris Outlaw 500 Specs & Features (Polaris Outlaw 500 525) Engine

Its 2006 Polaris Outlaw 500 mirrored the specifications of the Predator 500 more than it did the larger-displacement version with the exception of some minor things like shocks and tires. 

This is because the 2006 Outlaw was developed prior to the American firm’s strategic alliance with KTM, the Austrian engine manufacturer, KTM. 

The differences between the two quads are evident in particular the brand of the engine, dimensions of the carb, jetting size, and the way in which lubrication is handled. 

In contrast, there is very little or no difference between the two versions of the Polaris Outlaw 500 top speed (and the power output) and the 525cc IRS version.

Polaris Outlaw 525 IRS (A09GP52AA) 2006 – 2007 Polaris Outlaw 500
(A06GP50AA/AB; A07GP50AA/AB)
Engine Brand Name / Model No. ES051KLE015 ES500PLE041
Engine Type KTM SOHC 4-stroke Fuji DOHC 4-stroke
Cylinder Arrangement Single-cylinder
Engine Cooling Liquid cooling
Carburetion System Carburetion, 39-mm Keihin FCR-MX x 1 Carburetion, 42-mm Mikuni BSR x 1
Bore x Stroke Ratio 95 x 72 mm 99.2 x 64.6 mm
Compression Ratio 11.0:1 10.8:1
Displacement 510 cm³ / 31.12 in³ 499 cm³ / 30.45 in³
Idle Speed 1,700 – 1,800 RPM 1,600 ± 100 RPM
Pilot Air Screw N/A 2.5 turns out
Main Jet 148 145
Pilot Jet 45 37.5
Engine Fuel Unleaded gasoline: PON 91 rating, containing MTBE (Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether), < 10% ethanol, or < 5% methanol Unleaded gasoline: PON 87/RON 91 rating, containing < 5% MTBE (Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether), < 10% ethanol, or < 5% methanol
Fuel Capacity 11.8 L/3.1 US gal 12.3 L/3.25 US gal
Maximum Power 49.6 hp (37 kW) 50 hp (37.3 kW)
Top Speed 74 – 82 mph – owner’s claim, stock 70 – 82 mph – owner’s claim, stock
Lubrication Dry sump / Internal reservoir, pressure circulation lubrication w/ 2 rotor pumps Pressurized dry sump
Engine Oil & Quantity 1.7 US quarts: PS-4 Plus (2W-50 Synthetic) 2 US quarts: PS-4 Plus (2W-50 Synthetic)

Drivetrain

Apart from one reduction ratio, the main reduction as well as the 5th as well as reverse gears both the Outlaw 500 and the Outlaw 500, as well as 07-’09 525 IRS feature the same close-ratio transmission that runs from 2nd through 4th gears and a lot like the tranny of the 2006 Predator Troy Lee Edition.

The 2007 Outlaw 500 had slightly lower gearing and appeared to be akin to the wide-ratio transmission found in Predator’s base Predator 4×4. 

However, the Outlaw’s standard gearing contributes to its smooth performance and agility in narrow trails, whereas the gearing of the 2007 Outlaw is more suitable for open areas. If you’re a competent driver, the gearing settings are not a factor.

The gear ratios aren’t the only thing that matters. Both Outlaw five-speed models (500 and 525) come with a wet-type clutch, 5-speed automatic gearboxes, as well as chain-driven (although 525 IRS was later changed to shaft drive, while the 500-cc version had its chain with 520). 

In case of damage or wear an Orh Gold X-Ring 520 as well as the RK Racing Chain 520XSO X-Ring chain with a connecting link (view the product on Amazon) is a fantastic alternative to the standard drive chain.

Polaris Outlaw 525 IRS (A09GP52AA) 2006 – 2007 Polaris Outlaw 500
(A06GP50AA/AB; A07GP50AA/AB)
Clutch Wet multi-disc type Wet multi-plate type
Transfer, Transmission Type Manual 5-speed w/ reverse
Gearshifting 4 up, 1 down (R-1-N-2-3-4-5)
Drive System Chain drive / Shaft drive Chain drive
Drive Chain 520 O-ring, 6-8 mm (1/4 to 3/8 inch)
Drive Ratio (F/R) 2.516 2.880
Sprocket (Counter / Rear) 14/38
Gear Ratio 1st – 2.500
2nd – 1.941
3rd – 1.579
4th – 1.333
5th – 1.130
Reverse – 2.429
(’06 Outlaw) 1st – 2.357
2nd – 1.867
3rd – 1.529
4th – 1.238
5th – 0.920
Reverse – 2.07
(’07 Outlaw) 1st – 2.429
2nd – 1.611
3rd – 1.286
4th – 1.087
5th – 0.920
Reverse – 2.07

Ignition

The 500-cc and 525-cc variants of the Outlaw come with Electronic Capacitor Discharge Ignition as well as an electric starter. 

An alternator that has three phases and an output of 200 watts is the vehicle’s charging system, while the YTX9-BS batteries (view at Amazon) are the power source for electronic accessories.

It is the Polaris Outlaw 500, in particular, has more sophisticated base ignition timing, due to the lower ratio of gearing.

Polaris Outlaw 525 IRS (A09GP52AA) 2006 – 2007 Polaris Outlaw 500
(A06GP50AA/AB; A07GP50AA/AB)
Ignition DC/CDI Kokusan Ignition DC/CDI (Capacitor Discharge Ignition)
RPM Limit 10,000 ± 100 / Reverse 6,000 ± 100 9,100 ± 100 / Reverse 5,000 ± 100
Ignition Timing 25° ± 3° BTDC @ 3,500 RPM 30° ± 3° BTDC @ 3,500 RPM
Spark Plug, Gap NGK DCPR8E, 0.9 mm (0.035 in) gap
Alternator Type Triple-phase alternator
Rated Output 12V 200 W @ 3,000 RPM
Fuse 10 Amp (main, fan); 5 Amp (ignition) 15 Amp (main); 10 Amp (fan); 5 Amp (ignition)
Battery Maintenance-free 12V (9 Amp)/10 Hr, YTX9-BS format
Battery Dimensions (L x W x H) 150 x 87 x 105 mm
Starting System Electric – Standard

Brakes & Tires

Comparatively, with 525 IRS, the 2006 and 2007 Outlaw 500 models were higher Dunlop(r) tires on the four wheels. 

The rear knobby was originally bigger by about two (2) inches which was perfectly in line with the lower gearing of the vehicle. 

The Outlaw 500’s wheel and tire assembly could also be a reason for the slightly larger capacity of the fuel tank, which could be intended to compensate for the quad’s lower fuel efficiency (an acknowledged disadvantage of having bigger back tires).

Based on the intended use of the four-wheeler can swap the knobbies on stock to21 inches Carlisle Trail Wolf ATV Bias Tires (view on Amazon) or 22-inch Maxxis M9804 rear tires (view at Amazon) Both are the best choice for racing use. 

In terms of the wheel and brake specifications that were used, they were identical in the two Outlaw classes.

Polaris Outlaw 525 IRS (A09GP52AA) 2006 – 2007 Polaris Outlaw 500
(A06GP50AA/AB; A07GP50AA/AB)
Front Tire, off-road/road air pressure Maxxis RAZR-MX 20 x 6-10, 27.6 kPa (0.28 Kgf-cm2, 4 psi) Dunlop® Radial 21 x 7-10, 34.5 kPa (0.35 kgf-cm2, 5 psi)
Rear Tire, off-road/road air pressure Maxxis RAZR-MX 18 x 10-9, 27.6 kPa (0.28 Kgf-cm2, 4 psi) Dunlop® Radial 20 x 10-9, 34.5 kPa (0.35 kgf-cm2, 5 psi)
Rim Size, Offset, Bolt Pattern (F/R) 10×5 / 28.3 mm – 4/156 (front); 9×8 / 58.8 mm – 4/110 (rear)
Front Brake Type Hydraulic disc, dual bore w/ front-wheel hydraulic lock Hydraulic discs
Rear Brake Type Hydraulic disc
Parking Brake Hydraulic lock, front wheel Parkin transmission

Suspension

Polaris Outlaw 500 Specs and Review

Five25 and 500 models of the Polaris Outlaw both share an Independent Rear Suspension (IRS). 

It not only offers an impressive improvement in suspension travel compared to other brands and is also more comfortable, but IRS is also much more effective in the event of riding on uneven terrain.

In addition, Polaris fitted the Outlaw 500 models with RydeFX(TM) shocks that feature 7-way compression adjustment, not Fox(TM) shocks (view on Amazon). 

These components are all part of the wheeler’s smooth and precise operation regardless of the wheelbase’s unchanged turning radius.

Polaris Outlaw 525 IRS (A09GP52AA) 2006 – 2007 Polaris Outlaw 500
(A06GP50AA/AB; A07GP50AA/AB)
Toe-Out 0 – 0.159 mm (0 – 1/16 in)
Ground Clearance 290 mm (11.5 in)
Wheelbase 1,280 mm (50.5 in) 1,300 mm (51 in)
Turning Radius 1.70 m (5.58 ft)
Front Suspension Type, Travel Dual A-arm / FOX™ PODIUM X Compression Adjustable Shock, 250 mm (10 in) Dual A-arm / RydeFX™ compression adjustable shock, 254 mm (10 in)
Rear Suspension Type, Travel Swing Arm / FOX™ PODIUM X Compression & Rebound
Adjustable Shock, 250 mm (10 in)
Independent A-arm / RydeFX™ compression adjustable shock, 279.4 mm (11 in)
Shock Preload Adjustment (F/R) Threaded shock adjustment w/ spanner wrench

Dimensions & Capacities

The type of chassis that the Outlaw 500 has is somewhat hazy and not mentioned in the manual for service. 

The only thing that is clearly stated is that the older 500-cc model features a higher seat height as well as heavier dry mass than those of the 525 IRS model. 

Payload capacity is not specified, but it is possible to be between 98 kg (215 pounds) and 113 kg (250 pounds). In contrast, GVWR is specified at 292 kilograms (645 645 lbs).

Polaris Outlaw 525 IRS (A09GP52AA) 2006 – 2007 Polaris Outlaw 500
(A06GP50AA/AB; A07GP50AA/AB)
Dimensions (L x W x H) 1,820 x 1,210 x 1,140 mm (71.5 x 47.5 x 45 in)
Seat Height (Unloaded) 795 mm (31.3 in) 813 mm (32 in)
Dry Weight 177 Kg (390 lbs) 199 Kg (439 lbs)

Exterior

Although it is true that the Polaris Outlaw 500 boasts of stylish, sporty design, however, it isn’t quite up to par on the use of digital instruments (as the majority of sport quads did during the early 2000s and in the 1990s). 

Apart from that, all the other essentials are standard on the four-wheeler.

This includes an aluminum bash plate, rear and front bumpers, flares for the fender, vinyl footpegs with serrated edges, and a seat. The body and frame panels are available in the colors listed below. 

Due to the limitations of the 4×4 and lack of a Polaris Outlaw 500 aftermarket components such as the DG Performance Nerf Bars (view on Amazon) and a fully digital gauge kit, such as the Trail Tech 752-118 black Vapor (view at Amazon) will add to the look and sportiness and performance of this quad.

Polaris Outlaw 525 IRS (A09GP52AA) 2006 – 2007 Polaris Outlaw 500
(A06GP50AA/AB; A07GP50AA/AB)
Colors Red/White, Black/Red, White Cloud Silver, Matter Black, Black/Red
Indicator Lamps Standard (hot temperature, neutral, reverse)
Switches, Controls Engine stop switch

Lighting

Polaris Outlaw 525 IRS (A09GP52AA) 2006 – 2007 Polaris Outlaw 500
(A06GP50AA/AB; A07GP50AA/AB)
Headlight Dual-beam, 12V 55/60 W x 2 Dual-beam, 12V 35/35 W x 2
Brake Light/Taillight LED x 2 12V 26.9 W/LED x 2
Indicator Lights 12V 1 W (neutral, reverse, high temp)

Polaris Outlaw 500 Price

The retail price of Polaris Outlaw 500 is $6,899 and has not changed during the production. The pricing for second-hand models is in a larger price range, ranging from $1300 to $3,900. 

A four-wheeler that’s 13 years old Outlaw, Outlaw seems to be holding its worth, with models of the year 2006 falling in the upper side of the bidding scale. 

Quads with a price of more than $2,000 are in excellent running condition and come with aftermarket accessories in addition. 

Prices starting at $3,000 come with a pristine interior and driver seat, with minimal or any mechanical damage. 

The only downside is that you’ll be unable to locate one that is still equipped with the original gearing that is available for both of the models.

To help you The table below provides the list price of the two Outlaw 500 models and their equivalent trade-in values:

Year – Trim List Price Retail/Trade-In Values
2006 Polaris Outlaw 500 $6,899 $1,795 – $2,360
2007 Polaris Outlaw 500 $6,899 $1,510 – $1,985

Recall of 2008 Products

The American manufacturer has recalled around 11,000 of its Outlaw 500 and 525 IRS units because of issues with the rear sprockets’ retention bolts. 

The bolts for retention were believed to be loose, causing the sprockets’ to come partially loose, rub against the A-arms and result in the rear wheels becoming locked. This sequence of events could have resulted in serious injuries.

After further research, Polaris discovered that the reason why the sprockets began to come loose in the hub was due to the threads inside the sprocket’s hub not being cleaned correctly prior to the final installation to the car.

Fortunately, the installation of a sprocket retainer kit solved the issue for every involved Outlaw model. In addition, the improvements in design on older Outlaw models have permanently solved the rear-end problem.

Polaris Outlaw 500 Outlaw Pros as well as Pros and

As the first sports quad with an IRS-equipped rear-ends, it was the Polaris Outlaw 500 was a huge success with enthusiasts and recreational riders right from the beginning. 

But this isn’t to suggest that the four-wheeler was perfect for off-roaders. However, let’s review some of the advantages and disadvantages that come with the four-wheeler.

Pros:

  • The Outlaw has the same 42-mm carburetor and powerful engine as The Predator 500 – known for its torque at the low end and its awe-inspiring performance.
  • A rear end that is IRS-equipped and plenty of wheel travel adds its stability as well as outstanding handling.
  • Shocks are compression-adjustable and can be tuned easily by hand.
  • Comparatively to its successor with a higher displacement, this machine’s reverse gear ratio works enough to get riders out of difficult situations.

Cons:

  • It’s regarded as one of the largest machines of its kind that forced Polaris to drop at least 40 lbs from the subsequent 525 IRS version.
  • 500-cc Outlaws have similar steering stem issues (flimsy center link, and no-gusseted tabs) and a restricted intake boot design for the pre-2008 525 IRS trims.
  • Because the Quad was manufactured for just two years finding aftermarket parts or CV boot repairs is difficult for the majority of owners. In the same way, brake and driveline system components can be costly to replace.
  • The car is not protected by its suspension components and its underside.

Polaris Outlaw 500 Issues

In addition, Polaris Outlaw 500s were also known to have a few issues, such as:

Transmission Problems

Some owners have noticed the four-wheeler periodically shifting gears without notice as it transitions from 4th up to 5th gear which could be a sign of a broken gear cog. Experts strongly recommend getting a professional to examine what’s going on with the quad as soon as you notice the issue.

 In the event delaying fixing the tranny could result in costly repairs, in addition to more serious issues with vehicles.

Doubtful Reliability

One thing that has could have scared away potential Outlaw owners in past years was the car’s incredulous reliability. 

Even though experienced riders aren’t inclined to avoid the rigors of maintenance and repair the quad has had several problems with its bearings, tie rod ends, the inner CV boots (both the brake and sprocket side) as well as intake boots.

Overheating

Though it is more of a user-caused issue in a way, it is possible to have overheating solved by removing your thermostat’s return line, or installing an oil cooler on the four-wheeler. 

Before attempting these workarounds, however, make sure to follow the manufacturer-recommended troubleshooting steps found in the service manual.

As you would expect, there are a variety of opinions about the frequency of these issues. For example, many off-roaders believe that the Outlaw’s IRS-equipped rearend means it is not as suitable for technical trails and dusty as well as technical terrains as straight-axle Polaris quads, even though the IRS has many benefits.

 While some owners were unfortunate to encounter all of the mentioned problems with their quad others have reported experiencing only forward wheel bearings, the headlights, and battery failing – they were all covered under the warranty which means they can get repairs or replacement parts for free.

About Polaris

Polaris Inc., an American manufacturer, is renowned for introducing revolutionary ATV innovations, and also its famous Polaris Outlaw 500. 

The company was founded in 1954 by Edgar Hetteen, Allen Hetteen along with David Johnson 1954, the company has come quite many steps from the creation of the first snowmobile known as the 1956 Sno Traveler, to venturing into a variety of industries. 

Parallel to this the company commenced expanding its business and went through several acquisitions during the process. 

Polaris is renowned for its top-quality product lines such as ATVs/UTVs and motorcycles, moto-roadsters, along with tactical and military vehicles.

Concluding – Polaris Outlaw 500 Review

The Polaris Outlaw 500 is undoubtedly an all-wheeled vehicle designed to be used on wooded and sand trails. 

It might not have had its KTM engine that people talked about back in the days. However, it did have the most important feature, the IRS.

 While it’s still not perfect it revolutionized this ATV industry and formed the current racetracks and trails in the manner we recognize them today.

A recall on the product and some rumors of reliability issues in its name, In the end, the Outlaw 500 still reigns supreme in the quad-world up to the present. 

Like Chuck Norris, this 4×4 remains ready to stomp the pavement like a legend.

How fast does a Polaris Outlaw 500 go?

The Polaris Outlaw 500, a predecessor to the KTM-powered 525 IRS is affectionately known by off-road enthusiasts as “the Chuck Norris” of the quad world. It was produced from 2006 to 2007 and boasted a PRO steering control system, an 82-mph top speed, and was the first sport quad to ever have an IRS.

Are Polaris predators automatic?

Drivetrain – This engine features a five-speed manual-shift transmission including a reverse gear for 2005 models and higher and a 520 O ring chain drive. The Troy Lee Designs have a tighter ratio of gears, making shifting feel effortless.

What is the difference between Polaris Predator and the outlaw?

An outlaw bike is completely different. They are lighter, more powerful, and just as reliable, and they handle far, far better. You also have the option of an IRS rear suspension, which is smoother on trails and cuts into your cornering.

Does the Polaris Outlaw 70 have reverse?

The engine is fed an automatic CVT transmission, which doesn’t have reverse. Your child will have to push if they find themselves in a difficult situation. You can also have full suspension, with 4 inches of travel between the rear and front shocks.

How can I make my Polaris 50 faster?

Push the CDI out of the rubber mounting. You don’t have to unplug it. There are two screws that attach a jumper plate to the CDI box. Remove the jumper plates and loosen the screws. Retighten the screws, then reinstall your CDI in its rubber mount. You might need to adjust the throttle limiter to achieve maximum speed.

How fast is Polaris Outlaw 110?

The vehicle’s speed is limited to less than 15 mph/24.1 kmph when delivered. Adults can increase speed up to a maximum speed of 29 mph/47 KPH using the speed control system. The Sportsman 110 EFI is available in Sage Green, while the Outlaw 110 EFI is available in Voodoo Blue.

Polaris Outlaw 500 FAQ

1. How fast does a Polaris Outlaw 500 go?

The Polaris Outlaw 500, a predecessor to the KTM-powered 525 IRS is affectionately known by off-road enthusiasts to be “the Chuck Norris” of the quad world. It was produced from 2006 to 2007 and boasted a PRO steering control system, a top speed of, as well as the first sport quad to ever have an IRS.

2. Are Polaris Predator 500 any good?

The Polaris Predator 500 is a cutting-edge ATV, featuring the most advanced technology. It’s state-of-the-art handling, suspension, and power output make it a popular choice for riders of all ages. It is, without doubt, one of the most versatile ATVs ever made.

3. What years did Polaris make the Outlaw 500?

From 2008 to 2019, the 50-cc Polaris Outlaw saw a 12-year production period. If you are wondering if Polaris still makes the Outlaw, the answer to that question is yes, but in a slightly different class. The Outlaw now has a 70 cm 3 displacement, and a fuel-injected powerful.

4. Does Polaris still make the outlaw?

The Outlaw 525 was removed from the Polaris lineup in 2011. These machines are still available on the trails today and offer a great option for used-quad buyers. They’re the same as a YFZ or KFX, LT–R, or 450R.

5. Are Polaris outlaws any good?

According to ATV Magazine’s User Ratings, the Polaris Outlaw 500 beat 43 other sport ATVs in its debut. The quad’s purpose-driven design, well-engineered suspension system, and overall styling make it ideal for desert racing and technical trails.

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