Just in case anyone else experiences this. I have a new 08 Sportsman Touring (20 miles now) and the other day I was getting this clanking banging sound in the front end that sounded like bad universal joints or transfer case. I took it to my dealer yesterday to have it looked at. They were first thinking bad front end, but as they looked into it further they realized that it was just a simple matter of bleeding the hydraulic lines. There was enough air in the line so that the front end wasn't properly engaging. All fixed now, and I will be back on the trail this w/e.