In addition to the functionality, shape, and general feel of the Polaris Ranger Crew steering wheel, the level of exertion required to turn has a huge impact on the machine’s driveability. And that’s where power steering comes into play. Many Rangers (like the Polaris Ranger Crew NorthStar HVAC models) come stock with power steering, but in the case of the Crew, it’s more like electronically assisted steering. It’s not like a tractor or pickup truck where the motor runs the pump, so yes, in many cases it’s gonna be tough to turn when not moving. With an aftermarket power steering kit, though, we have seen people move the wheel of their Ranger with one finger while the machine was stationary. A common reason why some Crews feel like they have stiff steering is because the steering wheel nut is torqued down to tight. Simply loosen the nut, take the wheel off, and reset the torque. You can also use a voltmeter to gauge the power draw. It should display a constant 14 volts, but If there is not enough juice in the system when power assist is needed, then the voltage would drop below 12 volts. Because the Ranger Crew uses the alternator for power and not the starter, this reading would tell you where to check should your power steering feel weak.
Because Ranger Crews using variable assistance power steering, wheel spacers can have an effect on how their power steering systems feel. You can also feel a big difference based on the amount of unsprung weight you have in your Ranger, the size and pressure of your tires, and how the power steering system is calibrated. If it’s the latter, take your bike to a dealer and ask about the EPS torque offset procedure. If you want to be able to reverse your bike at slow speeds with a trailer while using only one hand, give us a holler and we’ll see what we can do to improve your Crew-Size Ranger’s steering.