I have been reading about people saying they have talked to Polaris and changes are being made. Im sure they have and Im sure they will eventually make some changes....
A few of us have told some of the directly connected people on the Slingshot team some of the more common issues in May. It seems that Polaris is still sending them out with the some of the same issues that we said were fairly important. Im pretty sure if they were going to make a manufacturing change they would have corrected these issues by now...
The problems seem to be being dealt with after they leave the manufacturing facility. This would actually be ok with me personally however they don't seem to be informing or training their dealers to actually know how to deal with these seemingly common issues. And it seems they are not automatically sending parts to every dealer in case even a single slingshot with these issues finds it way to their service door. We still have people reporting 6 weeks delay on parts..
If your with Polaris and your actually reading this don't be to upset..... Just get some brake pressure sensors, clutch and brake light switches, rear wheel bearing and this special Locktite to the dealers. And any of the other parts you know that need to be commonly addressed. Send those items to your larger area dealers at least.
Another issue that seems to be popping up lately.... This one is more of a kick in the gut for some of the members here...
When someone comes in to the dealer and says they have been to this forum and they think they are affected by one of these issues please listen to them. Don't brush them off as keyboard idiots.. This forum has some good definitive info on your product. At least tell your dealers via some sort of secret memo that you want them to be aware that this forum exist and that they should at least acknowledge the customer as being slightly more informed than some owners.... Don't have the service manager just brush them off with the typical "you cant believe any of that stuff you read on the forums". If they read it on this forum then you probably can believe it. In my opinion you could send your service techs a hyperlink to this forum when they need to find an viable answer. Its a pretty good knowlegebase... We also police ourselves pretty dang good here. If it's a lie it won't last long on here. Our moderators will handle misinformation as soon as a member speaks up...
And lastly, remember the forum members have FOUND and SOLVED many of your first year issues.... We obviously love the product... We wouldn't be on this forum if we didn't... I promise I will buy anyone from Polaris that wants to talk a wonderful meal and give them nothing but praise and helpful info.
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Spent some time gathering parts that would make vents for the lower cockpit area which was functional and also have the capability to close easily when temperatures dropped. To get a nice functional system I did have to come to terms of cutting holes in the side panels. Before I would do such a thing, it would have to be in a location that did not deter from the original looks of the SlingShot. There is such a location under the front fenders that is in direct air flow when you are moving. So here are a few pictures that I hope is self explanatory.
First is an interior view of the finished project:
The vent closed
The hole as cut below the fender
The vent door installed in the opening
The scoop to direct air into the floorboard area
View from the front underside in direct air flow
The following pictures show that the scoop is not very noticeable
From the front
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I had posted this in another thread but I believe it needs more attention than that. Please read and reply.
The members are the people that make the forum WORK. The forum needs the members. Forums are a dime a dozen. It would take 30 minutes to throw a site up and a little word of mouth and 75% of this traffic will go to another site. And I'm pretty sure your advertisers would not be happy about this. The members are speaking LOUDLY and someone in charge (not a moderator) probably needs to come forward and address the members.
And that doesn't mean quoting the rules and guidelines.... That seems to be what caused the problem in the first place.
ONE LAST THING I NEED TO GET OFF MY CHEST....
I have never been reprimanded on the site but I have friends that have. And each time it seems like the post were not bad enough to justify any attention by a moderator. Here lately the thing that has bugged me is when I see my replies to post all grouped together by a moderator. I never want to see one of my post with the words LAST EDITED BY "insert moderator name". I just don't see a need in touching a thread or post that was started or posted by someone else unless it is a blatant violation of a RULE. WE DON'T NEED THIS KIND OF HOUSEKEEPING!.... If it needs grouping with another post we will ASK to have it done. I got upset the other day when my thread was renamed. I personally don't think a moderator should EVER touch a thread unless they are asked to by the threads author or its reported to them as abusive or it is offensive.
I will say this now...... Once my friends start leaving I will be forced to take my toys to a better (less regulated) sandbox. I'm not asking for a pity party. I just want to put this out on the forum now so it doesn't come as a surprise when ALL my post have been deleted by ME and my name is not on the forum as a member anymore.
Right now I have way to much respect for all the members to delete my post. However as time goes on it is getting harder to just let these issues with my post and my friends post slip by without something being done. We need some control over what moderators do. Moderators should not be allowed to change, group, or alter a post without first asking the poster (author) to do so. And give a valid reason when doing so...
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- Thread: The Slingshot is dangerous!
I discovered how dangerous the Slingshot is this morning. I'm sitting at a rather long light when an SUV pulls up beside me. The window rolls down and a super hot mom yells, "Nice ride! My son wants to take a picture." He jumps out and starts shooting away with his smart phone.
The dangerous part, the hot mom started flirting with me really hard...and I liked it.
A whole lot.
My wife would kill me.
The Slingshot is so dangerous. You have been warned.
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As I write this (with tears in my eyes), my eldest daughter Crystal (I have 2 daughters) is on a military transport to the sandbox. Crystal is a naval officer, LT JG, & is a nurse specializing in ICU care & Critical Care. She just successfully completed all of her specialized pre-deployment training & also qualified on the M4 rifle, M9 pistol, the M240 & M244 machine guns, & the 50 cal. I've been teasing her, "Yep, perfect for a nurse - Get better now or I'll kill you!" It will be 4-5 days (due to logistical stops & delays) before she reaches her final deployment destination of Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan. She's deploying from her previous assignment at Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Virginia. Since she's been in the Navy, her husband Paul (ex-Coast Guard) has been a stay-at-home Dad. Their daughter (my only grandchild) turns 2 on April 4th & Crystal will obviously miss her birthday. Crystal (unlike her father) is an extremely sweet, gentle, kind & compassionate person. She is absolutely amazing! This deployment will be hard on her but she volunteered to serve our country with her eyes wide open & knew before she swore the oath that she would have to serve overseas at some point. She has a good attitude about it (at this point anyways). So what I'm asking of you who are willing to do so is to just send her a letter (as many letters as you want!). The letter can be anything you want to say. "I know your father from the forum & he's a total nut case. So sorry for you." "Thank you for your service!" Etc. Whatever you want to share! The gist is just to cheer her up occasionally & let her know people back in the good ol' US of A are thinking of & appreciating our troops. This would really mean a lot to me & I'm sure it would mean even more to my daughter! She does NOT know I am asking you all to write to her so it will be a pleasant surprise for her!
Here's the address:
LTJG Crystal Rath
NATO Role 3 MMU
APO AE 09355
My daughters: Crystal on right, Amanda on left (Amanda is a teacher with a Masters Degree in special education; she is also married)
4 generations pic: Tripod, my Dad (85), my daughter Crystal & my granddaughter Bella (my Mom passed away in 2007)
Crystal the warrior nurse...
In advance, I feel a deep & heartfelt sense of gratitude to those of you who will write to my daughter. I know without a doubt that some of you will. Thanks for listening...
BTW, Bella already has expensive tastes in vehicles...
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- Thread: Block the sun, See the stars
The Slingshot is a very unique vehicle, we thought it needed a very unique top. Here's our take ...
Center bar is NOT powdercoated as we are still working around a few additions to the bar and will need to weld some additional tabs for mounting. Full top removes in about 5 min touching only the top and requires removing ZERO factory parts for mounting. Only tools required are a 6mm allen wrench and a philips screw driver. When removed and disassembled, the 3 bar assemblies lay flat on each other and top panels stack on top taking up a small amount of space (thickness) for shipping and storage. No need to have an extra bay in your garage just to store your removed top! Side panels can be had in a variety of darknesses of smoke all the way to black with no visibility through. Center scoop and bars can be powdercoated any color to match the theme of your Sling. Tested to triple digits speeds on the Autobahn and mixed with the Madstad adjustable windscreen, your open cockpit Slingshot can offer all the calmness of the cabin of your car!
All comments welcome!
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My slingshot was the first of two units that reported problems with the steering rack. After a few days of some occasional odd clicking and knocking sounds, it failed completely in an underground parking structure, no doubt exacerbated by repeatedly turning the steering all the way from one side to the other. I notified Polaris immediately. Fortunately, as a writer for Motorcycle Consumer News, I’ve had access to the folks at Polaris working on the Slingshot as far back as this summer. So, at least I knew who to call. I’d covered the Polaris launch for another publication, so they knew who I was as well. Polaris jumped on the issue immediately, instructing my dealer to overnight the steering components to Minnesota so they could determine the cause.
Unfortunately I was in the dark for a couple of weeks as they did their investigation. I learned yesterday of the Stop Sale and Stop Ride notice to all of their dealers and the same day got a call from the product manager for Slingshot. We made arrangements to talk this morning and I just got off the phone with him a few minutes ago. My original suspicion that a snap ring or circle clip holding the steering shaft into the rack and pinion, which incidentally was also one of the possibilities Polaris engineers considered, proved not to be correct. Instead, the problem was with the roller bearings inside of the rack itself. After ruling out a host of other potential causes (e.g. my running it into a curb, for instance), they discovered that the bearings in my rack were different than the bearings in other racks. They traced it to a set of bearings from their supplier that were not up to spec, which they suspect was due to incorrect heat treatment. The result was that these bearings were not able to withstand the force placed on them by the rack. Engineers know that the recipe for heating metals to achieve desired properties (how hot, how long, etc.) is critical. Doing it incorrectly, may result in bearings that look right but won’t function properly when put under stress.
Once they had the cause, they reassessed their design to make sure they were still confident in it. They were. The root cause was indeed, only the bearings. Next step was to come up with a remediation plan. Concern for customer safety is a big thing for Polaris, so the Stop Sale and Stop Ride notice is not a surprise. They are now putting a plan in place to find new, correct replacement parts and get them into the queue to go to dealers while creating and testing instructions for the dealer techs to follow to fully repair the problem on the units with the bad bearings. I suspect they may just decide to replace them all. Polaris has a goal of getting the instructions to dealers by January 21 with the parts available for order by January 22nd.
A couple of years ago, my wife experienced the catastrophic failure of a bevel box on a new, 2013, Morgan 3-wheeler. It took Morgan 5-6 weeks to identify the cause, then another 6 – 8 weeks to get the fix out to their dealer network, recalling all the affected machines. About 3 months in all. Polaris is ahead of that schedule and I know they have a goal of getting this wrapped up by the end of January. Which, if they are successful, would be extraordinary. It is indeed fortunate no one was injured in either of these failures.
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I have been a forum member on a ton of sites. Seems like every bike or car I purchase I soon join a forum following it. Yesterday when I found the imperfections in my wheel I just grabbed the trusty cell phone and posted up a few pics and within 15 minutes I had recommendations of what I should do. I can't tell how old everyone on the forum is that post but it seems most on here have been around long enough to have some serious wisdom and wonderful ideas. And everyone seems extremely concerned in helping the Slingshot to get a good foot in the door so it can stick around for a long time.
I am bleeding Slingshot blood almost thru and thru. Never in a million years would I have thought a reverse trike could be so much fun. I think for me its the strange fact that we can use automotive parts and motorcycle parts in unison. As a person that likes to have something different from the norm..... the Slingshot fits that definition perfectly. The final cherry on top..... they made it fairly easy to customize to each users own taste.
I can't wait to meet as many members as I can in the future. And again, Thanks for putting up with all my pictures and post. I think its going to be a good year once we get past these first issues. I got my fingers crossed for everyone.
One quick note for my postings....
Almost every time I post I wish I could actually use my voice instead of this keyboard because I think if the audience was in front of me then they would have a better idea of the context I am using. I am pretty laid back and I do use a form of humor (humorously sarcastic) (like best friends converse) most of the time when I'm talking to my friends. These vocal cues can't come across a screen. So always remember, unless I put the little red pissed off emoticon in a post I probably am just being a bit funny with my wording.
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Doing paperwork now
First impressions posted here:
Additional Slingshot photos posted here:
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This is a Slingshot forum created by enthusiasts who love, adore, desire, enjoy, enhance, equip, modify, share, discuss, and anything else Slingshot related. We have come together to share the joys, surprises, ups and downs, post pictures, and solve our problems & quibbles with the first-gen little gem. But to call it a peice of crap is an insult not only to the engineering team that made their dream go from the drawing board to our garages, but to all of us dedicated Slingshot enthusiasts. I love my Slingshot and am very grateful to Polaris for having the intestinal fortitude to create it and work with us all to iron out the wrinkles on this magical road trip. By declaring the Slingshot a peice of crap, is suggesting that we forum members are all guilty of dedicating our time, energy, and efforts in a very wrong direction. It's also quite an insult to our dedicated sponsors & venders who are working with due diligence to produce aluminum and stainless steel toilet paper to go with the crap? To me, that's quite an insult to us all.Last edited: Feb 24, 2015
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As of today, my better half is 100% after being pretty sick the last couple of weeks. So I thought that many of us have never seen actual pictures of the other half of us. Here's Kay!
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