In reality, turf mode does not just transmit power to one tire, but instead, it is an "open differential", meaning that when one tire slips (be it from ice, mud, or loose gravel) the power is transmitted to the slipping tire and causes Polaris Ranger owners to get stuck. Unlike the open differential used in turf mode, the 2WD mode uses what is known as “locking differentials”, which locks the differential on both rear tires so they are pulling all the time, even if one of them is slipping. The disadvantage is that you will be dragging the inside tire when making a turn. This is not much of a problem in the dirt or loose gravel, but not so good on hard packed roads (such as paved roads). So, turf mode is nothing more than an open differential and it is the easiest mode for the Ranger to run on. It imposes the least strain on the gears, so it is advised that you run on turf mode as much as possible. If, however, you want to delete the turf mode on your Full-Size Polaris Ranger, it can be done and will illuminate the binded bolt issue. Instead of being an open differential, the turf mode makes it a posi track. So if you have any questions about the Polaris Ranger Full-Size driveline, drivetrain, or turf mode, give us a holler and we’ll sort you out!
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