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post #1 of 22 Old February 6th, 2019, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
 
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Steering wheel removal

Removed the steering wheel center cap on my 2018 and found that the factory steering wheel does not have any holes (threaded or otherwise) for the 2 outboard screws found on all pullers. Also read on this forum to NEVER whack the column shaft with a hammer (to loosen/remove a steering wheel) on units with EPS, otherwise risk damaging the EPS unit.

How the heck does on remove the steering wheel on these things?
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post #2 of 22 Old February 6th, 2019, 09:15 PM
 
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Nut loosened but still on, pull up while wiggling slightly side to side. First time off is always the hardest. Max
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Service manual states the correct process which is to remove the bolts holding the steering column to the frame and then the pinch bolt holding the shaft to the EPS unit . Clamp the bracket into the bench vise and take the wheel off. Don't risk damaging the EPS unit working on that steering wheel still attached to the EPS.
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Service manual states the correct process which is to remove the bolts holding the steering column to the frame and then the pinch bolt holding the shaft to the EPS unit . Clamp the bracket into the bench vise and take the wheel off. Don't risk damaging the EPS unit working on that steering wheel still attached to the EPS.
that makes sense given what I've encountered so far.

Even when trying to loosen the column nut it would not loosen smoothly - sort of popped/snapped with each turn of the wrench...now I'm concerned I messed up the EPS unit. Only loosened a little more than 1 thread on the column and then tightened back up and took it out for a short spin to try to see if the EPS was mess up. Seemed normal.
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No outboard screws? Can you post a picture? Are you trying to use a UTVinc style puller or an automotive type puller?
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No outboard screws? Can you post a picture? Are you trying to use a UTVinc style puller or an automotive type puller?

let's see if this pic posts correctly...? oops, darn thing is sideways, nevertheless you can see it's only a shaft with a 24mm nut - no threaded holes for the puller to use.
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All I can say is wow. I wouldn't have believed it without the picture. Looks like you're going to have to pull the shaft out of the vehicle and put it in a vice like the manual says.
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My 900s has the threaded holes and they did nothing. The nut holding the wheel was so tight I thought I was going to snap the steering column when I tried to loosen it. Removed the column and it took 2 people over and hour soaking the splines with blaster to get the wheel off.
New wheel and quick release is nice but it was a bitch to do.
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Well. I was pulling the wheel just to straighten - no nice replacement at this point. This isnít worth all the extra effort.

Just hope I didnít do something to the EPS unit when I was trying to loosed the nut...?
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I did. Put it back together and it just spun and spun. I got very lucky that I was able to realign the sensor in the eps unit or I would have been screwed.

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I'm sure the EPS is fine. If it works now you're good. Polaris must have a reason for putting the steering wheels on off center. I've never seen one from the factory straight.
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Once I really aligned my front end the wheel was a 1/4” turn off center.

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I just drilled into the plastic with a bit slightly smaller than normal steering wheel puller bolts. Snugged them in real good then just used puller like you would if there had been factory holes. No muss no fuss. There are holes in the plastic but I was replacing so didn't care and the steering wheel cap covers the area anyhow.
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I'm sure the EPS is fine. If it works now you're good. Polaris must have a reason for putting the steering wheels on off center. I've never seen one from the factory straight.
That is funny you say that, Have bought 6 new rzrs and all off center, BUT just purchased Turbo S and dead on, I think they took some pride in these builds.

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Re: Steering wheel removal

A couple of tricks I found for getting the steering wheel nut off:

Apply a bit of heat. Polaris uses red loctite (or equivalent) when assembling, and it comes off so much easier when you use a heat gun to warm it up a bit.

Also, I ran a tie strap through the steering wheel to my cage so that I was pulling against the strap rather than putting pressure on the steering linkage when loosening the bolt.
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