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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 05-05-2018, 01:09 PM Thread Starter
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Steering Play Fix

I spent the better part of my day servicing the beast.
Last night I installed my Cecco Diff cover. This morning I went and picked up some diff fluid to replace what I lost during the install. While there I figured Iíd snag a inner/outer tie rod ends as Iíve generated some play in my steering from left to right.
While talking with my service tech, he told me about a trick.
Below the power steering unit, there is a stem that connects to the bracket where your tie rod ends connect. He said to check that for play. I told him I was aware but that I had tightened that bolt already and it hasnít helped and that the bolt was as tight as it could be. He said, nonono, drip RED loctite in the splines of the lower steering stem and let it dry. Once itís dry, drip some more, repeat one more time and let it sit over night and then tighten that bolt again.
I figure what do I have to lose...?
As soon as I got back from the dealer I followed his directions. I left to go install a water heater at one of my rental properties, came back and tightened that bolt down. In the process, I snapped the bolt... I snapped that garbage, stretched Polaris provided bolt with a 1/4Ē drive with a long ass extension! Piece of garbage!
I went to Loweís and picked up a hardened steel replacement, came home, fiddle dicked around trying to get the nut on the other side, placed some RED loctite on it and cranked that bitch down.
Steering play is GONE! Feels like a brand new machine again!
The idea behind the RED loctite is to obviously stiffen it up in there, but also to harden and keep water and mud out as it does corrode and wear!
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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old 05-05-2018, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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Tech told me when they sell a machine, they always drip the loctite down there when prepping them. They also do this on all their personal machines and has done wonders.
I said well you didnít do it to mine!
He said depending on how busy they are and what tech preps the machine it may not get done.
I did hear this from them before but hadnít got around to doing it and when talking to him this morning figured what better time than now.
Glad I took the time! Nothing worse than feeling bad about your machine, now I feel like every part of the Scrambler has been serviced and is ready to roll for the spring.


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Dang thanks for posting this. I have been fighting Handel bar play since I purchased mine and can't stand it. I've also snapped my bolt. I will try what you suggested.
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post #4 of 27 (permalink) Old 05-05-2018, 04:05 PM Thread Starter
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Dang thanks for posting this. I have been fighting Handel bar play since I purchased mine and can't stand it. I've also snapped my bolt. I will try what you suggested.
You will be amazed!
Also had up and down play of my bars along with the left to right play.
For the up and down play, I replaced the upper steering stem bushing. Was great for about 1 ride, then back to play.
A fellow member (chronix) shipped me a Moog automotive bushing that he had customized with a grease zerk. I installed that, greased her up and wuhluh! All steering play now gone! Feels like a brand new machine again!


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All Balls Wheel Bearings FR/RR
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Big Gun Exhaust
Moog SSB Upgrade W/ Custom Zerk
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Oakley Airbrake - Goggles
EVS Sport - Chest/Back Protector
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I spent the better part of my day servicing the beast.
Last night I installed my Cecco Diff cover. This morning I went and picked up some diff fluid to replace what I lost during the install. While there I figured Iíd snag a inner/outer tie rod ends as Iíve generated some play in my steering from left to right.
While talking with my service tech, he told me about a trick.
Below the power steering unit, there is a stem that connects to the bracket where your tie rod ends connect. He said to check that for play. I told him I was aware but that I had tightened that bolt already and it hasnít helped and that the bolt was as tight as it could be. He said, nonono, drip RED loctite in the splines of the lower steering stem and let it dry. Once itís dry, drip some more, repeat one more time and let it sit over night and then tighten that bolt again.
I figure what do I have to lose...?
As soon as I got back from the dealer I followed his directions. I left to go install a water heater at one of my rental properties, came back and tightened that bolt down. In the process, I snapped the bolt... I snapped that garbage, stretched Polaris provided bolt with a 1/4Ē drive with a long ass extension! Piece of garbage!
I went to Loweís and picked up a hardened steel replacement, came home, fiddle dicked around trying to get the nut on the other side, placed some RED loctite on it and cranked that bitch down.
Steering play is GONE! Feels like a brand new machine again!
The idea behind the RED loctite is to obviously stiffen it up in there, but also to harden and keep water and mud out as it does corrode and wear!
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thanks for posting this, good info, did u feel free play when moving bars left to right with quad on the ground or when checking for play with atv jacked up ?
I sometimes feel a little play but figured it was in lower steering bushing,


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I spent the better part of my day servicing the beast.
Last night I installed my Cecco Diff cover. This morning I went and picked up some diff fluid to replace what I lost during the install. While there I figured Iíd snag a inner/outer tie rod ends as Iíve generated some play in my steering from left to right.
While talking with my service tech, he told me about a trick.
Below the power steering unit, there is a stem that connects to the bracket where your tie rod ends connect. He said to check that for play. I told him I was aware but that I had tightened that bolt already and it hasnít helped and that the bolt was as tight as it could be. He said, nonono, drip RED loctite in the splines of the lower steering stem and let it dry. Once itís dry, drip some more, repeat one more time and let it sit over night and then tighten that bolt again.
I figure what do I have to lose...?
As soon as I got back from the dealer I followed his directions. I left to go install a water heater at one of my rental properties, came back and tightened that bolt down. In the process, I snapped the bolt... I snapped that garbage, stretched Polaris provided bolt with a 1/4Ē drive with a long ass extension! Piece of garbage!
I went to Loweís and picked up a hardened steel replacement, came home, fiddle dicked around trying to get the nut on the other side, placed some RED loctite on it and cranked that bitch down.
Steering play is GONE! Feels like a brand new machine again!
The idea behind the RED loctite is to obviously stiffen it up in there, but also to harden and keep water and mud out as it does corrode and wear!
Attachment 108066

Attachment 108074

Attachment 108082

Attachment 108090
thanks for posting this, good info, did u feel free play when moving bars left to right with quad on the ground or when checking for play with atv jacked up ?
I sometimes feel a little play but figured it was in lower steering bushing,
Felt play on the ground as well.


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All Balls Wheel Bearings FR/RR
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EVS Sport - Chest/Back Protector
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I did the exact same thing to my cousins 550 , he has about 3000 miles since and still like new only concern would be having to remove it in the future , but likely wouldn't need to unless replacing eps unit

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I did the exact same thing to my cousins 550 , he has about 3000 miles since and still like new only concern would be having to remove it in the future , but likely wouldn't need to unless replacing eps unit
Nah removal be just fine. It isnít JB Weld. The lower bracket would come off the splines no problem then just take a wire wheel to the splines and theyíd come clean with little effort.
I wish I had known about this when I bought it. It would save a lot of wear/tear on those splines. When I looked at mine I could def tell there was corrosion taking place.


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All Balls Wheel Bearings FR/RR
ROX Speed FX Foot Pegs
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Big Gun Exhaust
Moog SSB Upgrade W/ Custom Zerk
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Oakley Airbrake - Goggles
EVS Sport - Chest/Back Protector
OGIO Dakar - 3L Hydration Pack
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you can just use a bit of heat to liquify the lock tight if need be.


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Been busy as hell today but just went out and checked the steering again after letting it sit all night and majority of the day today. I cannot believe how tight the steering is now!


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Red Bull Graphics Kit
Spider Graphix - Footwell Dacals
Mud Motorsports Gripper Seat Cover
Rogue Grille - Blk/Blk/Red
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GBC Grim Reaper - 26/9/14 - 26/11/14 on Hiper Sidewinder Beadlocks
All Balls Wheel Bearings FR/RR
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CECCO Frame Braces FR/RR
CECCO Diff Cover
Uni Air Filter
EPI Clutch
Big Gun Exhaust
Moog SSB Upgrade W/ Custom Zerk
Powermadd Sentinel Handguards
Renthal G169 Grips

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Oakley Airbrake - Goggles
EVS Sport - Chest/Back Protector
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