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From what I have seen, Slingshots do not depreciate very much. However, I have checked Polaris and as beautiful as the Victory Motorcycle is, they went under. I am wondering if the Slingshot will do the same. I really don't want to get into a situation where I own an orphan vehicle.
 

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From what I have seen, Slingshots do not depreciate very much. However, I have checked Polaris and as beautiful as the Victory Motorcycle is, they went under. I am wondering if the Slingshot will do the same. I really don't want to get into a situation where I own an orphan vehicle.
Hello txron, thanks for your comment. I see you just joined the Forums, welcome. We are heading into a new phase of the Slingshot. For 5 years the only option for the Slingshot was a manual shift. Lots of people were turned away because of that. The 2020 model come with the option of Autodrive type transmission. It is not a true automatic with a torque converter, it performs a manual auto shifting. Now the thought for Polaris is that maybe this will give the Slingshot a new push for sales. Attract the people that could not drive a manual trans Slingshot.
The Slingshot sales have been sagging in the last couple of years and that is why I am saying this is a make or brake time for Polaris Slingshot.
There are a lot of Slingshot owners out there that really love the excitement that the Slingshot gives in a ride and look. This is the best advice I can give you as to where I think the Slingshot is. I can tell you, Gail and I really enjoyed our owning two Slingshots. 2015 for 2 1/2 years and 2017 for 2 1/2. We got out as we want to take a new direction and use our RV more for camping.
For you, I would say look at the deals that you can get a Slingshot for a very good price. I think the 2017 could be a good starter model, the SL model. You most likely can get one tricked out real nice. I think you can have a number of years of a lot of fun and excitement. Find a Slingshot Riding group in your area. Look on Facebook and you can find one to start riding with others. Don't give up a chance of a life time and miss out on the most exciting vehicle. If it comes back with a roar, 2 years or so you may want to move up to a newer model. My threads are designed to help you get up to speed fast with a Tool Box of Knowledge with my youtube channel, and the two threads pages on this forum.
Good Luck on your decission.
 

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This is something I found in the 2020 Slingshot Owners Manual that some folks may miss. While making lane changes, I am one that drives with the signal on sometimes. I try to remember to cancel the signal manually, but just hard to remember. I am sure there are others out there with this issue. It is very dangerous and I am glad to see there is a new feature on the 2020 Slingshot models of a turn signal lane change three time flash and cut off. Previous year models did not have this feature.
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Folks, I mentioned to you in the beginning, I do not have a Slingshot now, I sold mine in Feb this year. I am going through all my many video and capturing parts that are stand alone video that will maybe help someone. So, that is how I am coming up with new video from some of my video library. So watch for more coming.
 

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For the folks exploring the Slingshot as their next adventure and seeking all the info to help make that decision, here is a subject that you will want to explore. Cameras and their mounting systems for the Slingshot. Part of the fun of the Slingshot is capturing your ride adventure and especially in group rides to capture others as they ride by and getting those great side shots. The GoPro is a great choice for the Slingshot owner. It can give great HD video and can be attached to the Slingshot with Sick on Mounting systems. The big draw backs to the GoPro is the cost. I have two and they have given me great results. The other problem with the GoPro is the amount of time you can capture video. About 1 hour depending on resolution settings. This I found is not quite enough time to capture a nice 4 hour ride.
I found the Dash Cam is excellent for the Slingshot in that you can capture 5 full hours of great looking ride video. They are inexpensive, around $75. Problem is mounting is a problem. They come with a windshield suction cup mount. This limits where you can mount it. It does not work well on the Slingshot windshield. The windshield vibrates due to plastic and not rigidly mounted. Not good video. Well, I came up with my own mounting system. Now as you see my mods, they are just a basic and they work for me. You can look at my idea and see how you can improve it to work for you.
So, here is my video to show how I solved the mounting problem for the Dash Cam for the Slingshot. I used the Aukey Dash Cam.

Build Dash Cam Mounting System for Slingshot


Completed look of Aukey Dash Cam mounted on base with GoPro mounting system

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As you look at the Slingshot with interest, think of how you will use the Slingshot. Most people get their Slingshot and go riding by yourself and you do that for a month or so when you start thinking how much fun it would be to ride with other Slingshot Owners. Group rides provide a higher level of fun for the new Slingshot Owners. You get a chance to share information and learn from others along with the nice time you will have on the road viewing other Slingshots. Facebook has many Slingshot Groups. I created the Florida Slingshot Cruisers Slingshot group back in 2016. You can find a group in your state by searching the web.
The other thing you will want to look at is the Large Slingshot National Events. One that is very popular in the Smoky Mountains at Maggie Valley, NC is Slingshot in the Smokies. There are many other events held in many states. To give you the feel of what the Event in Maggie Valley looks like, check out my drone view from 2017. It is held during the end of May each year.

Here are 6 video showing the different elements of the 2017 Event. You will want to investigate this as part of owning a Slingshot. 400 to 500 Slingshots come together for about 5 days of non stop fun with large group rides through the Smoky Mountains. It all finishes with a police escorted Parade down through the middle of Maggie Valley.

Slingshot in The Smokies Event Playlist
 

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Here is a Mod that is an improvement to our original Sip and Ride Drink Straw System. We changed the Ice Maker hose to a Silicone Hose and it made a big difference in the flexibility of accessing the drinking end to get a drink. Here is our video to demonstrate it use. You will hear us talking about the floorboard temp at times. This was due to testing some insulation additions to see if it made a difference.

Sip n Ride Silicone Drinking System
 

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Hooking up the Slingshot Stock Backup Camera for Driving can result in very unsafe conditions. You need to view my research on this subject before attempting this on your Slingshot. I have already been there and show how to do it and the unsafe results in video.

Slingshot Backup Camera on for Driving
 

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Most new owners want to do everything right on the Slingshot. You are so excited about the ride and look and don't want anything to hurt it. Maintenance is key and their is a Maintenance Schedule in the Owners Manual that directs the folks that want to do their own maintenance and the time it needs to be done with respect to mileage. Yes you can do your own maintenance and do not have to take it to the dealer. You need to always use products that meet the Polaris Slingshot suggested materials. You will save a lot of time and learn a lot if you do the maintenance that you fill confident with performing. If you do not have the base knowledge or the tools required, then you may want to use the Dealer. The basic maintenance is capable of most folks to perform after watching some of my video or searching for the subject online. Keep a log and receipts for the maintenance as proof and you will be good to go. Before you perform a maintenance task review all the steps and understand them all, then begin. Be safe, use all precautions that require raising the Slingshot. Wheel Chocks are a must front and back of the wheel. Always keep safety at the front and also safety of anyone around you helping. Understand the use of hydraulic Jacks and the safety while using them.
Now we come to one area that seems to interest folks. The Angle Drive and when and how to change the fluid. It is one of the last things you will need to change on the Maintenance Schedule. Here is the page out of the 2017 Slingshot Owners Manual for the Angle Drive Maintenance. Most everything you will need is in the Owners Manual, I suggest strongly reading it from cover to cover. It is a great read for the Do it yourself people.

As you see 50,000 miles of driving fun before needed. This also give you a guide as to how to change the fluid. They do make a little pump that would be handy for putting the fluid back in, auto parts store or search internet for on to attach to lube bottle and make an easy job.

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I want to address the stock battery in the Slingshot now. In a car, the battery is easily accessed by raising the hood. If you need a just start due to dead battery, a pair of jumper cables and you are started in a few min. On the Slingshot it is not so easy. If you are not prepared a head of time with my ToolBox Knowedge item for Emergency start, you will be calling a tow truck and this may be damage to your Slingshot if he is unfamiliar with it. Look, you have found my thread, I am giving you future help information. Be prepared, you have a special vehicle that problems on the road will not end up easily solved by people that come up to help.
Now to the subject of the Post. Battery location on the Slingshot is behind the drivers seat and outside behind a cover near the Slopping back panel. So, if you need a jump start and someone comes up with cables, you need a T-40 bit and flat tip screwdriver to gain access to the Battery and be able to connect to the positive terminal of the battery. Now the positive terminal is located within easy reach for connection to jumper cables on the 2016 & 2017 models, but in 2017 and on the Positive terminal is located on the inside area and hot reachable with jumper cables. I think you see you need a better way to get help with jumping the Slingshot. Now you have two options for emergency start out from home. Install an under the hood Jump Start Port. The other is a small, high current emergency start Device that is easy to carry. I am going to give you the video I made of how to install the under the hood jump start port. You decide what will work for you best with your needs. Be prepared and have the answer before you need it.

Emergency Start Mod for Jump Starting Slingshot

For the folks that want to just know how to get the battery.

Battery Access on Slingshot Demonstrated
 

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Come on, let's take a ride. Too much tech stuff gets boring. Here is what you can look forward to as you own a Slingshot. Now this ride is up Blood Mountain which is on Hwy 129 between Cleveland, Ga and Blairsville, Ga. It is one of Northeast Georgia Mountains most popular ride for Slingshot Adventure Rides. Buckle up and hold on, I am kind of going at my safe limits. When you get to the top, I had a really great ride! Let's Go!

Running Limits on Blood Mountain Run
 

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Folks, I give you information you will find nowhere else about the Slingshot. Here is a little Gem that may be of interest to some folks wondering, what does it look like from underneath the Slingshot. I got it covered. Let's go under the my Slingshot, this is my 2015 shortly after I brought it home. I start at the front and work all the way back to tire, then I go under the hood to point out some basic things. Get a drink, settle back and enjoy your trip under my Slingshot.

Slingshot View from underneath
 

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Just something to watch on a Slingshot that you can't see anywhere else. This video I captured the front Drivers Suspension. You get to see how everything functions as you ride down the road. Stock Shock are fine for me, a lot of folks put a lot of money into shocks that have all kinds of adjustment. Enjoy the show! I did this video just to see how it looked while driving. No problems to view.

Driver Side Front Suspension View while riding
 

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If you are looking at model years 2015 thru 2016, you may want to review my Youtube Playlist of help video to show how to overcome the Passenger Floorboard Heat issues. The Exhaust port from the muffler is directed just in front of the firewall and the exhaust gases pass right under the passenger floorboard. This heats up bad enough that you will hear from your passenger. I have address this problem my own way and came up with a few mods that you can do to make the heat issue better and have your passenger comfort much better. I am posting the Playlist link here for you to view all of my video. There are 8 video and each address a part of the problem. Now the 2017 on up Polaris has mad a Heat Shield between the muffler and the fire wall, but the floorboard still gets a lot of heat. You can use the Insulation for underneath and trans area to reduce the heat. All of the Slingshots have some form of heat in the cockpit area, mostly for the Passenger due to the exhaust discharge. You will need to find and plug all heat leaks with installation. Trial and error and help from your passenger to feel around and indicate the location of heat areas.

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Passenger Floorboard Heat Issue Solutions
 

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Part of the fun of owning a Slingshot is riding with others. As you ride with another slingshot or in a large group, capture video as you ride. If you have a passenger, use some of my mounting techniques for your camera to capture the ride as it happens. I will be something yourself and others will enjoy seeing and enjoying again and again. The GoPro is excellent for capturing HD riding video. I have help video on editing video and posting on youtube. If anyone wants additional information, I will be willing to help. If you capture video of a ride, you will want to edit it for the most interesting parts and cut out minutes and minutes of idle ride. It is not hard to do and I can teach you if interested.
Here is a video I made to show mounting of the GoPro and the Magic Arm mounting system.

Camera Mounting for Slingshot
 

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Want to see the view of riding in a Slingshot? Some of the best roads in the USA are located in Northeast Georgia Mountains. From Helen, Georgia, a great destination place, you can travel, north, east, and west to some really great rides. There is no road that is considered boring, they are many roads that will leave you excited well after the ride has finished. One ride I will show in this post is our ride to Tellico Plains, Tn. About 80 miles to the north of Helen, Ga. The big draw to Tellico Plains is the Cherohala Skyway starting point. This is a beautiful highway to Robinsville, NC. It is as popular as the Tail of the Dragon.
Gail and I leave our RV Park north of Cleveland and give you a view of our travel along with commentary. You will see what is ahead for your decision to purchase a Slingshot. I have a Ride Video Playlist on my youtube channel that will allow you to view many more ride video for rides in the Georgia Mountains and surrounding area.
This playlist has 11 video showing the area around Helen, Ga. The Tellico Plains ride is one of them. If you have time, explore my video for a good look at what you are getting into and how it would look if Gail and I were you and your passenger. It was an experience that Gail and I would not want to have missed. I now have all the memories in video.

Northeast Georgia Mountains Rides for the Slingshot
 

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Excellent thread. Especially for new comers like me.
Trading in my TriGlide.
I pick my 2020 R up Thursday.
I live in North Ga. so the mountains are my playground. We eat at Two Wheels regularly. Camp at Tellico 3 to 4 time a summer.
Hope to see you on the road.
 

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Excellent thread. Especially for new comers like me.
Trading in my TriGlide.
I pick my 2020 R up Thursday.
I live in North Ga. so the mountains are my playground. We eat at Two Wheels regularly. Camp at Tellico 3 to 4 time a summer.
Hope to see you on the road.
Thanks SpringerRider, I have eaten many times at TWO. Hwy 180 is a great ride, just so many places and roads that will give you a lot of fun on your new Slingshot. You can checkout Georgia Slingshot Cruisers on face book. You can find a lot of other Slingshots to ride with. I don’t have a Slingshot now or would take you up on a ride. Live in Fla now. Take care.
 
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