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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-07-2019, 02:19 PM Thread Starter
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Tie rod play

Has everyone noticed slight play in there tie rods? I just clicked 240 miles on my rig and noticed a little play in them this morning when I was washing it.
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-07-2019, 05:50 PM
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Haven't noticed but will check,,now that u mentioned it
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post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-08-2019, 01:39 PM
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I have replaced my tie rods twice. First set at around 1500 and the second set at 4000.

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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-08-2019, 02:11 PM
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A little play is nothing to be concerned with. How much is a little?

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post #5 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-08-2019, 04:54 PM Thread Starter
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Hard to say for certain, I didn't have a helper to do the bars while checked it out fully. It's not a lot by any means just a surprising that there is any ionly went for few rides.
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Rutcutter did you replace yours with after market tie rod ends?
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post #7 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-08-2019, 05:37 PM
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I am putting the All Balls Upgraded Tie rods and ends on my 2016 Sportsman 1000 Touring. At less than 800 miles I am getting some play on the ends.

I could not find anyone that makes a tie rod end that can be greased. The quality on the All Balls parts looks good they are considerably stronger than stock.

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i find most times the play is in the steering splines and not the tie-rods, specially with your low mileage ,
i've got zero play in my tie-rods at 2500 miles, but the play in the splines is CRAZY ,
There is a good thread in " steering play fix " or something if you feel the play in the steering.


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i find most times the play is in the steering splines and not the tie-rods, specially with your low mileage
On my machine we removed the tie rod to fully inspect the parts, the outer end is loose. That's when we made the decision to upgrade to the Heaver All Balls parts.

It is frustrating my buddy can get tie rod ends and ball joints for his RZR that can be maintained with grease but I cant for my Sportsman.

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You TRE doesn't need grease zerks to be greased. Just a needle fitting on your grease gun slipped up under the rubber boots does it.
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GURU front brush guard
GURU rear brush guard
Polaris front lock n ride cargo box
Polaris rear rack extender
Warn RT 3.0 winch w/amsteel synthetic line
Viper aluminum haus fairlead
Polaris front spring adjusters
Ricochet a-arm guards
Ricochet full frame skid plate
ITP T-7 beadlock 14" w/OMF inner rim guards
Maxxis big horn 2.0 26x9 front
Maxxis big horn 2.0 26x11 rear
QSC clutch kit
EPI HD springs front n rear
ODI rogue 130mm grips
Ultraseal commercial grade tire sealant (front)
Highlifter tire sealant (rear)
CTEK 3300 battery maintainer
added 7 zerks
beefed up wiring harness
OGIO rear bag
ROTOPAX 1gal. + 2gal. gasoline can
Jccapri bushing kit
Kolpin Over Fenders
Rigid Industries E-Series 10" flood
Walker Evans struts
NGK Iridium's (2,500 miles on Champion's and they looked great!)
Odyssey Extreme battery PC545

2018 Sportsman® 570-T
2019 Aluma® A8818
2020 Outlander® 1000R XXC (on order, ETA mid-Sept)
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