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We know a lot of people loathe going through their local side by side dealers to get replacement parts for their Polaris Generals. And while most Polaris dealers we’ve encountered are extremely nice and helpful, it’s hard to beat the ease and comfort of ordering a UTV part or aftermarket accessory for your Polaris General without having to leave home. Air filters, for instance, are a simple yet crucial part of your General that need to be replaced frequently and don’t require the knowledge and expertise of a certified Polaris technician. From our experience, we’re not completely sold on K&N filters. I mean, if you can see through it, what’s to stop dirt and debris from getting through. If you care about the life of your General’s internals, you should probably stay away from K&N. Same goes for the Uni filter. It’s a decent UTV filter, don’t get us wrong, but the upkeep is a mess. And many dealers/sellers are making ridiculous HP gain claims that are completely unfounded. When it comes to air filters, we’d suggest going with the Blue Polaris filter (made by Donaldson), the R2C filter, or try the new S&B filters -- which look very promising. If you’re running in dusty conditions or putting few miles on your machine every ride, changing any air filter out after every trip may not be necessary. However, the air filter is one of the most important replacement parts on any UTV. If you ride a couple of hundred miles every trip and it's dusty, we’d highly suggest changing your side by side’s air filter after every trip. It may seem expensive and unnecessary, but it's more expensive to fix your General it when it sucks in the dirt than it is to just change the air filter. We’ve talked to a lot of guys that run UTV rental places and they told us that if they don't replace the air filters after every rental, their machines last about half as long.
The more expensive replacement parts you use will likely depend on whether or not your machine is under warranty. Say, for example, that your General transmission blew. If you have a Polaris warranty for your side by side, the first thing you should do is contact Polaris. They will instruct you to contact your local Polaris dealer. Contact your local dealer and let them know you have already contacted Polaris. The dealer is very important in this process, so do take it to a trusted dealer. Your warranty will not pay for heavy-duty options, but if you have an aftermarket warranty, there may be some wiggle room. If this is the case, we would suggest going to an independent shop, as they can rebuild/replace using better, aftermarket, parts. If you have any questions about Polaris General replacement parts, part upgrades, aftermarket accessories, or common Polaris General problems, give us a shout and we’ll get you sorted!