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Old May 11th, 2009, 07:03 PM
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Question How much play/slop should the Tie Rod-->Hub Have?

The wife said the steering felt a little weird last time she drove so I went to checking things out. The rack appears fine and does not have the displaced spacer like some have mentioned. But I can grab both wheels and torque them with my hands right-->left and (the same forces changing directions on the steering wheel would cause) and I notice a decent amount of slop or free play. This is with the RZR on the ground, not jacked up. Is there supposed to be a amount of free play between the tie rod and the hub? I cannot remember what mine was like new because well I never checked! Too busy ing You can feel it through the steering wheel as well, it feels like a small vague area between neutral and full engagement of the rack/pinon/wheel system, though grabbing the tire with your hands and torqing it is the best method. Can someone please run out to their garage and check for turning play in the front wheels?
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Old May 11th, 2009, 07:50 PM
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Re: How much play/slop should the Tie Rod-->Hub Have?

I have no play at all on my 09. 18 hrs
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Re: How much play/slop should the Tie Rod-->Hub Have?

i have some play in mine when it was new it didnt have any play. I have been wondering the same thing.
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Re: How much play/slop should the Tie Rod-->Hub Have?

i had all kinda loose. untill i had my steering rack,all 4 ball joint's,2 outer tie rod's and both hub bearing's replaced, last week ,now i have zero play in all direction's
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Re: How much play/slop should the Tie Rod-->Hub Have?

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Re: How much play/slop should the Tie Rod-->Hub Have?

Thank you all for the quick response! I absolutely love this site, so much information can be learned in such a short time span. I will look into this more tomorrow and post my findings. The slop definitely originates at the joint between the tie rod and the hub on my unit.
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Re: How much play/slop should the Tie Rod-->Hub Have?

I got my replacement Tie Rods installed finally and it has completely eliminated the slop in the steering system. You can feel how worn out the ends are by hand after I got them removed. Check you front wheels and if there is slop then you might need new rod ends. Made a huge improvement on mine, just remember that the threads are left handed on both sides of the RZR.
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Re: How much play/slop should the Tie Rod-->Hub Have?

Quote: Originally Posted by Brady84 View Post
The wife said the steering felt a little weird last time she drove so I went to checking things out. The rack appears fine and does not have the displaced spacer like some have mentioned. But I can grab both wheels and torque them with my hands right-->left and (the same forces changing directions on the steering wheel would cause) and I notice a decent amount of slop or free play. This is with the RZR on the ground, not jacked up. Is there supposed to be a amount of free play between the tie rod and the hub? I cannot remember what mine was like new because well I never checked! Too busy ing You can feel it through the steering wheel as well, it feels like a small vague area between neutral and full engagement of the rack/pinon/wheel system, though grabbing the tire with your hands and torqing it is the best method. Can someone please run out to their garage and check for turning play in the front wheels?

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Re: How much play/slop should the Tie Rod-->Hub Have?

how do you check for tie rods jack up front and move wheels side to side?
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Re: How much play/slop should the Tie Rod-->Hub Have?

Quote: Originally Posted by HiVoltageRazr View Post
how do you check for tie rods jack up front and move wheels side to side?
You don't have to jack it up the ground. Just go out and grab the front and rear of the tire and torque right to left, if your tie rod ends are worn out you'll fell your tire rotate in them. Just look in behind the tire at the end when you torque the tire.

I really like the look of the RZR tech tie rods but if I'm going to go the heavy duty route then I'm either going to do the RackZilla or the Gear One full rack.
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I have the gearone system, quality product,
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