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I don't. I just go ahead and hit it with the hose.
Well, I try and avoid it mostly, but I don't worry about it if I get a little in there.
Why not? Because there is a reservoir built in, with a little rubber valve at the bottom.
So when I'm done washing I squeeze the little rubber thing, and any water that went in drains out.

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Here are those pics.

First one shows location. I took this pic on the left side but they're the same on both sides.
Second pic shows the rubber one-way valve, and where the reservoir feeds down to the clutch.
The shape is the same on both sides, but mirrored. On the intake side (right), it feeds into a plastic pipe that runs downhill to the air box.
Third pic shows the airbox, which has another rubber one-way valve in it.

You'd have to really MEAN IT to flood this thing with a spray attachment on a garden hose.
I doubt Polaris would have built a machine that you could kill with a garden hose while cleaning it.

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One thing I did notice after I washed mine. A few days later I had to mow the lawn and when I went to pull the Ace out of the shed it seemed to need a lot of RPM's to get it to move. I of course have a 2002 sportsman 400 and knew exactly what was wrong water in the CVT housing. That's why the little plug is there. However Knowing me that wouldn't suffice so I pulled the whole cover and got even more water out of there. So if any of you notice issue like this make sure you take a look at this and at the very least remove the plug and drain that water guys.
 
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