Barn Find Polaris Project – Part 3 – Machining the Head & New Plastics

This is Part 3 in our Polaris Barn Find series. In this video, we show some of the freshly painted parts, test the compression, machine the head, and then show the plastics that will be going on next. If all goes well, we should have the Polaris completely back together for the next video. Then we’ll get to start having some fun with it.

Filmed at Ritter Cycle Racing in St. Jacob, IL
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Barn Find Polaris Project – Part Two – Clean up and Tear Down

Just wanted to give you a quick update on the Polaris project. As you can see in the video, we cleaned it up a bit and began tearing it down. We removed the snow plow, took off the plastics, and worked our way down to the engine. Next, we’ll throw on a new head gasket, swap the carb, get the exhaust how we want it, and then install the new plastics. We’re already getting anxious to see how it turns out. We hope you find our little “sleeper” project interesting too. Thanks for watching!

Filmed at Ritter Cycle Racing, in St. Jacob, IL

The background track is “Roads That Burned Our Boots” by Jahzzar (http://betterwithmusic.com/). It is available, royalty-free, under Creative Commons unported license 3.0.

Barn Find Polaris Project – Part One

This is the first part in a series of videos, where we will resurrect this old Polaris ATV. This particular quad was built as a prototype for Ritter Cycle Racing’s stroker kits. It’s appears to be a Polaris 350L, but it’s actually powered by a 409cc Two-stroke stroker engine. This really is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Over the next few weeks, we plan to bring it back to life and even transform it into more of a sleeper. Then hopefully we’ll lure in some unexpected victims for a little drag racing action. I hope you find it interesting, thanks for taking a look!

Filmed at Ritter Cycle .Racing, in St. Jacob, IL
The background track is “Roads That Burned Our Boots” by Jahzzar (http://betterwithmusic.com/). It is available, royalty-free, under Creative Commons unported license 3.0.

Rick Ritter – The Horsepower Salesman

Rick Ritter is one of the best machinists and engine builders around. He opened Ritter Cycle Racing in St. Jacob, IL, in 1984. Now, after over 30 years in business, he’s still going strong. I’m proud to call Rick a friend and I thought you might want to get to know him too. I hope you like this little glimpse into Rick’s life. Thank you for watching!

First background track is Stalling, by Topher Mohr and Alex Elena, from the the YouTube Audio Library. You can download the track at: https://www.youtube.com/audiolibrary_download?vid=1b2daa135ca68e6f

The other background track is Stalemate, by the Jingle Punks, also from the YouTube audio library. You can download it at: https://www.youtube.com/audiolibrary_download?vid=a26d7be228a1e665

Ethans Homemade Mini-Trike 5.5 HP

Our neighbor, Ethan, built this cool trike using an old Minibike frame. It’s powered by a 5.5 HP OHV engine, that came off an old pressure washer. He still has a lot of things that he wants to do to it, but he was already having a blast. As you can see, it doesn’t have any trouble pulling a wheelie. Hope you find it interesting, thanks for taking a look!