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For new riders entering the UTV and Powersports world, it can be challenging to distinguish the differences between various models and editions of Polaris Ranger Crew. For instance, the Highlifter Crew 1000 is significantly different from the regular Crew 1000 in the driveline, bigger front differentials and prop shafts, 28" stock tires, arched a-arms, snorkels, and draining half doors. To determine the different internals, one must look beyond the machine's appearance. It is important to identify normal driving noises and sounds. In one instance, a Highlifter 1000 Crew owner complained of a strange front-end noise that made him consider trading the machine in. After being sent a driveline from Sandcraft RCR, the noises stopped. If you lack the tools or time to repair or replace parts, find a reputable mechanic who can diagnose the issue while driving the vehicle, especially with regards to the front driveline.

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Protecting the driveline of your Crew is an important aspect to consider when it comes to purchasing a warranty. The extended powertrain warranty is a popular option, but whether or not it is worth it depends on your personal riding situation. Riders who opt for the Polaris warranty over aftermarket warranties such as Zurick or Torque, often feel that the powertrain warranty is not worth the investment. In the event that parts break, they prefer not to have stock parts replaced, but rather upgraded parts that are of better quality than the original parts. Since aftermarket warranties cover claims on machines with lifts and bigger tires, some riders feel that opting for this type of warranty is a better investment.

If you decide to purchase a warranty for your Crew, it's advisable to get an extended warranty of at least two to three years. It's more likely that something will happen to your Crew during the first few years of use, so having an extended warranty will give you some peace of mind. Having said that, regardless of whether or not you have a warranty, you might not need to replace the entire driveline if a problem arises. You can replace specific components such as gearboxes, axle assemblies, transfer cases, wheel hubs, CV joints, and boots. Some riders even take it upon themselves to tear their transmission apart to tighten their snorkel collar a few notches to reduce noise.

In any case, if you are experiencing any issues with your driveline, it's advisable to get in touch with a professional who can guide you on the right path. Whether you decide to get an extended warranty or replace specific components, a professional will be able to provide you with the right advice and ensure that your Crew is functioning at its best. So, don't hesitate to give them a call or shoot them an email, and they will be happy to help.