How to Change a Polaris Ranger CV Boot
To change a Polaris Ranger CV boot, you need to remove the axle from the vehicle. The process is different for the inner and outer boot but both require you to remove the CV joint. Always inspect the CV for water or dirt when changing a damaged boot.
Inspect your boots frequently
The rule of thumb is to check your CV boots for tears before and after every ride. That’s because a torn boot is a small cheap fix (SuperATV sells them for 25-30 dollars) that can quickly turn into a more expensive fix if left unchecked. A torn boot can let water and dirt into the CV. If you keep riding on it your CV will break and potentially lead to a damaged axle shaft. As soon as you see a tear in a boot, replace it!
Tools needed to change an outer Polaris Ranger CV boot
To change an outer CV boot you will need:
- A boot replacement
- A vice
- A brass hammer or dead blow hammer
- A rubber mallet
- A flathead screwdriver
- A pen magnet
- Boot clamp pliers
- Safety glasses
- A rag
How to change an outer Polaris Ranger CV boot
Changing a boot is relatively easy, and with a little practice, you should be able to do it in just 30 minutes or so.
- Remove the axle from the machine
- With the axle clamped in a vice, use the boot clamp pliers to remove both the large and small boot clamps.
- Slide the boot back so you can see the inside of the CV joint.
- Grip the splined end of the CV joint with one hand. Use your dead blow hammer to firmly hit the inner race and remove the CV joint. It is important that you use a dead blow or brass hammer and hit the inner race only. Hitting the outer race or using any other hammer can damage your CV joint.
- With the CV joint removed, remove the C-clip from the groove in the splines. If it is broken, make sure you fish out any pieces of it that might be in the CV joint using your pen magnet. All SuperATV boot replacement kits come with a C-clip and we recommend replacing it even if the original is undamaged.
- Now you can remove your damaged boot and chuck it in the garbage. Remove as much grease from the CV joint as you can and inspect it for water, debris, and damage. If you find any, your best bet is to go ahead and replace the whole joint. Even with a thorough cleaning, the joint is likely to underperform and eventually break.
- Use the grease packet included in your replacement boot kit to pack the CV joint with as much grease as you can.
- Place your replacement boot on the axle shaft in the same position and orientation as your stock boot and place your new C-clip in the groove as well.
- To put your CV joint back on, simply line up the splines, hold the joint straight, and give it a few good whacks with your rubber mallet. Give it a few tugs after it’s on to make sure it’s fully seated over the C-clip.
- Make sure the small end of the boot rests in the groove and use your clamp pliers to clamp the boot to the shaft and the CV joint. Cut off any extra length of the clamp.