Dear Ralph: I tinker on a lot of 90s vintage Polaris sleds and was wondering about the water traps on the bottom of the...

Dear Ralph:
I tinker on a lot of 90s vintage Polaris sleds and was wondering about the water traps on the bottom of the float bowls. Do they need to be as long as they are? I have a ’96 XLT in the shop and the water trap hoses are like nine inches long! When I empty these traps into a glass jar I have never seen more than a few drops of water in the gas, even on sleds that haven’t had the traps drained for years (if ever). Someone told me they’re this long to increase the volume of the float bowl. Can I trim them a couple inches shorter so they don’t get in the way of the steering and the oil pump cable and linkage?
“Super Ron”

I would. The new sleds only have about 4-5” of length so I see no reason why not. Ideally they should hold about 1/4 of the volume of the float bowl, so cut away. Also, these hoses can and do require replacement, just like any other aging fuel lines. Anyone servicing older sleds knows how fuel lines deteriorate over time, and these hoses should not be forgotten. And for those who have an older Polaris but have never drained these traps, you might be surprised at what you drain out of them. They are there for a reason!

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