Whether you’re snorkeling the intakes on your Polaris General or replacing a melted plastic intake box after an improperly timed exhaust backfire, when it comes to intakes, there is a lot that can go wrong. If you’ve experienced the latter, you can swap in an RZR throttle body to replace that complicated plenum box that the Generals run in the back. The sensor on top of the old box plugs straight into the RZR throttle body on the passenger side, all you have to do is extend the wires, swap one wire in the harness at the ECM plug and you’re good to go. You can also fill the unit up with liquid electrical tape when you’re done for good measure. The only caveat to running an RZR throttle body in your General is that you also have to install an RZR ECU. An alternative is to use an intake from a Polaris Ranger, as the 2014 and up Rangers have the same rear plastic intake box as the General.
Like exhaust backfires, water can also mess with your machine if it gets in the intakes. It can splash in the belt intake -- getting into the belt housing -- up the exhaust, and into pretty much any exposed intake line or intake valve. Even if you don’t go into deep puddles and never get water above the floorboards, it can still infiltrate your machine through the intakes and wreak havoc on the engine, clutch, and countless other components. Thankfully, there are many ways to snorkel the intakes of the Polaris General. Rather than bringing the snorkel lines into the cab or out of the rear panel, some General owners chose to extend the OEM intakes up front and go just below the top of the bed with the belt exhaust/side cvt intake in the rear. They do this because it allows them to easily return their rig to stock if they choose to. However, if you run the snorkel lines out the front and over the hood, you’re machine’s vent lines still might get inundated with water because the front end always drops first before it comes back up in deep water -- and that’s why most General owners usually always run the vent lines out the back. But no matter how you decide to do it, putting snorkels on your intake valves definitely give you added insurance and peace of mind -- even if you have no intentions of putting them to the test. If you want to protect or replace your machine’s vents, just give us a holler and we’ll sort you out in no time.