Rear Drive Line / Suspension

If you’re running a stock machine and don’t go too crazy on the trails, you’ll encounter very few issues with the rear driveline of your Full-Size Polaris Ranger. Complications arise when riders throw on parts and accessories like big lifts and bulkier tires. When you make such adjustments to your Full-Size Ranger, it puts more torsional force on the rear driveline. This additional torsional force acts in conjunction with different ride angles and increases the likelihood of snaps, cracks, fractures, and tears in the rear driveline as well as related driveline components. A common misconception among many riders is that the Turf mode on the Full-Size Ranger can cause problems with the rear driveline where the transmission bolts onto the Turf mode assembly. Rumour has it that on select Polaris Rangers -- and the Polaris Ranger 900 in particular -- the turf mode assembly bolts can back out, fall out, bind up, and break the transmission case. But from what we know about the Full-Size Polaris Ranger, these rumors are completely unfounded and should be disregarded as they are misleading and just plain wrong. The vast majority (if not all) of those complaining of a blown turf mode on their transmission have modified Rangers (lifted, with spacers, aggressive oversized tires, etc) and they are abusing their machines.


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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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