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Everything Polaris Ranger - Blog

  • Easy Tips and Tricks for Repairing and Replacing Polaris Ranger CV Joints and Boots

    Constant-velocity joints -- also known as homokinetic joints -- allow a vehicle to transfer power from the drive shaft to the axle under a wide range of angles and without adding unnecessary friction or movement.

    Due to the extreme forces of off-road driving -- and the extreme angles of lift kits and large aftermarket tires -- the CV Joints and boots on Polaris Rangers experience a great deal of stress. Friction, exhaust heat, and the constant pounding by gravity, inertia and the machine’s sprung weight can cause CV boots and joints to heat up, and over time wear down.

    Regardless of what brand of axle you have, be it a burly Gorilla Axle or the top-of-the-line Turner Axle, boot damage and CV joint issues are almost inevitable -- especially if you don’t have skid plates and boot guards installed on your rig.

    The parts needed to replace a Polaris Ranger boot or CV joint aren’t particularly expensive, but if you take it to a shop or your local dealership to have work done, mechanics will charge well into the triple digits for labor costs alone.

    This is because the tire, brakes, and the CV joint itself must all be disassembled in order to get anything done. But don’t let this intimidate you. Replacing boots and axle joints can be done at home, and with minimal effort.

    Zooming In On The CV Boot

    Some people go out of their way to avoid having to replace their CV boots, going as far as Jerry rigging them with windshield glass sealant to avoid having to replace them. While this temporary fix may suffice for the UTV McGivers out there, it won’t last long and could lead to further damage to your CV joint.

    If, for instance, your boot tears and you don’t properly repair or replace it, dust, dirt, and small rocks will get inside, scar the CV balls, and wreak havoc on the interior of the joint. If this happens, don’t even bother repairing or replacing your boot, a new axle is what you’ll need.

    Many people experience overheating in their axles -- especially in high-performance Rhino and Turner axles -- which causes the boot to tear, or in some circumstances, melt. If you’re mechanically inclined, you can install a heat-shield to block the exhaust heat and keep it from blasting directly on the boot -- which could be a solution if your rear passenger-side boot is the problem area.

    Getting A Handle On the Grease

    If you buy a new boot, the package should include both grease and clamps. The included grease packet is measured out to be the exact amount needed, you shouldn’t add any more.

    If the kit didn’t come with grease, 880 Crown & Chassis and TRC are the industry leaders in advanced UTV grease. Take care, however, to not overdo it on the grease. If you fill the boot too full, it could squirt out around the wheel as you drive.

    Although this excess grease isn’t a problem by itself, spotting grease around the wheel is a tell-tale sign that you didn’t tighten the bands enough or that your boot has torn. So if you put too much grease in there, you won’t know for sure if there’s a problem or not.

    As we mentioned earlier, exterior dust and debris can get in the grease and scar the CV bearings and sockets. But internal spalling from defective or broken parts can also get into the grease and find its way through the boot.

    For this reason, you should always clean your joint completely and get rid of all the old grease. A handy trick is to soak your CVs in a coffee can filled with unleaded gasoline. This will help clean it and remove all the old grease and debris. Just make sure to blow it dry with an air compressor before assembly.

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  • The Polaris Ranger Axle Paradox: Why Cheap Axles Could Be Better For Your Machine

    Throughout the years, we’ve received countless phone calls, texts, and emails from people looking to repair, replace, or upgrade their Polaris Ranger axles. Some people were experiencing issues with the length and fitment of their aftermarket Polaris Ranger axles, while others were concerned about the strength and durability of the CV joints, boots, and other drive-train components. Continue reading

  • Polaris Ranger Axle Analysis: An In-Depth Exploration of Aftermarket Side-By-Side Axles

    Despite large increases in power, torque and overall weight, most UTVs -- and the Polaris Ranger in particular -- still run the same axle sizes as their lighter, less powerful, predecessors. And in an era rife with heavy-duty, high-performance modifications, broken Polaris Ranger axles are among the most common issues that riders experience -- coming in just behind flat tires and belt failures.

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  • Polaris Ranger Windshields: A Complete Review and Buyer's Guide

    Aftermarket UTV windshields are as diverse as they are functional. They can keep you warm, create a refreshing breeze, or prevent dust and other airborne debris from entering your cab. If you’ve done any research at all, you’re likely well aware of the seemingly endless options available for aftermarket Polaris Ranger windshields. Continue reading

  • Polaris Ranger Trail Guides - The Top 4 Places to Ride UTVs in Texas

    Texas -- God’s country. A place where everything is bigger, and arguably better, than the rest of the lower 48. A place with magnificent beauty and untapped natural wonder. If you find yourself in Texas with a UTV, ATV, 4 wheeler, or quad, you’re in luck. While there are many beautiful places to ride, much of Texas is privately owned. However, there are still a few good gems out there where you can get your 4 wheeling fix. Continue reading

  • A Complete Buyer’s Guide For Polaris Ranger Snow Plow Kits

    Winter is quickly approaching, bringing with it bitter cold fronts, bone-chilling winds, and of course, plenty of snow. And while the winter snowpack is a playground for skiers, snowmobilers, snowshoers and the like, it presents a challenge for people with parking lots, driveways, and sidewalks that need to be regularly cleared of snow. Forget the backbreaking task of shoveling or the cost prohibitive snow blower. If you own a Polaris Ranger, you’re already one step ahead, as there are countless Polaris Ranger snow plows, plow kits, and snow-related accessories that will save you time, reduce your workload, and get you by until spring.

    But with so many aftermarket snow plow kits available, you might be asking yourself “which one is right for me”? By the end of this guide, we hope that you’ll have a better understanding of what makes a good snow plow, and can feel confident and able to make a decision that most benefits you. So without further ado, let’s get started!

    Finding The Best Polaris Ranger Snow Plow For Your Budget And Needs

    The size, style, and type of snow plow kit you choose for your Polaris Ranger will depend on many factors.

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  • All Geared Up: How to Properly Maintain your Polaris Ranger Winch

    No matter the weather, no matter the terrain, it’s always a great idea to have a working winch on board. On long trips especially, having a winch can mean a quick tow out of a hairy situation. ATVs and UTVs are awesome for going where no larger 4x4 can make it, but all the same, it’s best to be prepared when you’re traversing the backcountry. Continue reading

  • Tips on teaching your children about ATVs and UTVS

    ATVs with the K-I-Ds: Tips on teaching your children about ATVs and UTVS

    Kids love to imitate what their parents and older siblings do. If you want to teach your kids how to be safe around and on ATVs and UTVs, here are a few tips to get you started. We won’t tell you how to parent your kids—but we will give you some helpful advice when the going gets rough. Continue reading

  • Basic Care Guidelines for your Polaris Ranger

    The crisp air of early morning jerks you awake as you trudge out into the day’s first glimpses of sunshine. With gloves warming your work-worn hands, you wake your favorite Polaris Ranger from its slumber. The day ahead is full of chores and responsibility, but as you park your rear behind the steering wheel and putter out to meet the day, somehow it doesn’t seem all that bad. After all, with your Polaris Ranger, no job is too big.

    While the Polaris Ranger takes good care of you, acting as your trusty sidekick on the best and worst jobs, it’s crucial to keep your UTV in tip-top shape for the long haul. Your Polaris owner’s manual will include details regarding maintenance intervals and suggestions for upkeep, but if you’re looking for a quick reference, look no further than the list below. From the time you get it home to the day you have to retire the old workhorse, you want your Ranger by your side when you need it most. Follow the servicing guidelines below to ensure a long life of great service.

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  • Not Just For Trail Riding: Alternate Uses for your Polaris Ranger UTV

    One of the most common uses of Polaris Ranger UTVs is on small and large farms, whether family or commercial. They are a great way to transport your crew, tools, supplies, chemicals—you name it—to and from your work site. These hardy vehicles can withstand the elements and decrease your working time, all while increasing your yield and relieving stress from you and your body.

    But what else can you use these all-terrain vehicles for? Continue reading

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