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Polaris Ranger Full-Size drive shafts (also known as propeller, or prop shafts) are an integral part of the UTV’s drive train system. Drive shafts transmit torque and rotation, enable 4-wheel-drive functionality, and carry mechanical energy over distances while allowing for relative movement between various drivetrain components of a side by side -- through the use of either universal or constant-velocity joints. Due to both the placement and the role that driveshafts play within the UTV’s powertrain, they are frequently subject to a great deal of torsion and shear stress. They must overcome these strains while remaining lightweight to avoid excessive inertial forces. To do this, Polaris Ranger drive shafts are made from high-grade materials such as carbon steel or chromoly (which is a strong steel alloy strengthened with chromium and molybdenum). So while U-joints, yoks, and carrier bearings wear out through normal wear and tear, a good side by side prop shaft should withstand the tests of time, barring some unfortunate accident. So if you experience rubbing issues in your Ranger 1000, hear clunking noises emanating from your Ranger 900, or notice a lot of play in your prop shaft or u-joints of your Ranger 570, don’t automatically assume the problem is your side by side’s drive shaft. Sway bars on UTVs often rub and clank, while U-joints and carrier bearings are known to go bad quickly.
Should, however, your Full-Size Polaris Ranger prop shaft become bent or broken, replacement Polaris Ranger drive shafts are available for all Polaris Ranger Full-Size models from Everything Polaris Ranger. Aftermarket accessory manufacturers like SuperATV make a good driveshaft with their Rhino Driveline Propshafts, and there are several other side by side companies that manufacture quality driveshafts that can transfer extreme power flawlessly. If you’re looking for a Polaris Ranger drive shaft that meets strict tolerance parameters, look no further. At Everything Polaris Ranger, we’ve got the perfect drive shaft for your Full-Size Polaris Ranger!