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Re: 8500
« Reply #30 on: October 24, 2017, 05:49:27 pm »
This saw family has the easiest/best muffler setup for checking the P/C.  Remove the two 5/16" head screws in the front of the muffler and the complete center baffle/spark arrestor/end cap assembly slides right out.  Muffler can is still bolted to the jug.  Sometimes they have an iron heat shield plate on the front of the muffler.  Three allen head screws hold that one.  Remove it, and the two 5/16" head screws and the center baffle setup will be revealed.
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For older saws:
Tune the H side so that it 4-strokes (burbles) at WOT unloaded and just cleans up when under load.
When you lift cutting load, the saw should immediately revert to 4-stroking.  Fine tune the transition point for the wood you're cutting.
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« Reply #31 on: October 24, 2017, 08:13:24 pm »
I've since painted the clutch cover.
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Re: Poulan 8500
« Reply #32 on: October 24, 2017, 08:15:28 pm »
Wish I knew more about them just so I dont fubarr for buying for next owner if I do.   

5200 5400 8500 I know and some stuff about some of the changes but never cared enough to soak it in to remember.
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Re: poulan 8500 pics
« Reply #33 on: October 24, 2017, 08:15:45 pm »
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Re: poulan 8500 pics
« Reply #34 on: October 24, 2017, 08:20:34 pm »
Tim do you have a clutch cover side and what the air filter looks like etc in there?    Same filter as 5200 5400?

If you dont mind will merge this with other 8500 thread later.
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Re: Poulan 8500
« Reply #35 on: October 24, 2017, 08:22:27 pm »
found it poulan 5200 5400 8500 thread with info  https://chainsawrepair.createaforum.com/poulan/poulan-5400-5200-5200/
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Re: poulan 8500 pics
« Reply #36 on: October 24, 2017, 08:35:40 pm »
Tim I hooked up your pics in post 2. ;) Thanks
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Re: poulan 8500 pics
« Reply #37 on: October 24, 2017, 09:06:32 pm »
The air filters are different. They are as scarce as the 5200 ones as are all the top side plastic, clutch cover. The clutch drum bearing spacer and a few other I suspect. I see you got the clutch side up here in the post 2 above

5200/5400

8500 lower pic
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Re: poulan 8500 pics
« Reply #38 on: October 24, 2017, 09:59:14 pm »
Interesting that the Ontario Poulan distributor said they sold very few of the 4200  though 8500 saws here. Very few are aware of what they are and find them too heavy. They come up for sale rarely but can be had cheap when they do. I hope to see more.

One day I hope to find an orange and black 7700 and 8500
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Re: poulan 8500 pics
« Reply #39 on: October 24, 2017, 10:31:37 pm »
Bar studs are 3/8" rather than 5/16" (a few later 4400/4900/5400 have 3/8 studs too).  The clutch cover and bar plates are therefore unique to the 6900/7700/8500.  The 3/8" stud saws use the Oregon D096/D196/UXL mount bars.  The earlier 5/16" stud saws use D176, or the D096-UXL bars with the addition of stud spacers (like a 306/245/etc and the 3400-4000/PP375-395 series).

Air filter, top cover, clutch bearing inner race, clutch bearing, clutch drum, clutch washers, and clutch spider are all unique to the 3rd generation (6900/7700/8500) saws due to the 3rd gen crankshaft that has a larger PTO end (crank seals and bearings are the same however). 

IIRC, the left side case half is different to match the different top cover screw spacing of the 3rd gen saws.  Right side might be too.

Going by memory, the ignition module and/or coil are parts unique to the 3rd gen saws.  What's different is the lengths of the wires that connect the two components as well as the spark plug lead and cap.  With a little creativity, the 1st-2nd parts can be used on the 3rd gen saws (and vice-versa).
-Aaron

For older saws:
Tune the H side so that it 4-strokes (burbles) at WOT unloaded and just cleans up when under load.
When you lift cutting load, the saw should immediately revert to 4-stroking.  Fine tune the transition point for the wood you're cutting.
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