Created: May 28, 2020
[0:00] Hey everybody. Today I’m going to show you how super easy it is to install a RackBoss Rack and Pinion on this Can-Am Maverick 1000. So let’s get started.
The first thing we’re gonna do is remove both front wheels and tires.
Then we’re gonna remove our cotter pin from our tie rod hardware. We’ll get an 18 mm wrench and socket. Then remove the tie rod from the knuckle.
Then we’re going to remove this shield right here. There are going to be two 10 mm bolts and two push pins.
[1:00] Once the hardware is removed, remove the shield. Then we’ll repeat all of these steps for the opposite side.
Now we’re on the driver’s side. We’re gonna remove the bolt securing the shaft from the power steering unit to the rack and pinion.
Now we’ll start removing the rack from the machine.
There are going to be three long bolts on the driver’s side and two short bolts on the passenger side. The easiest way I’ve found to get to the nuts is, if you have a swivel-headed wrench, you can stick it in here and angle it around. Get it on the nut side. You can use a non-adjustable, it’s just a little bit more difficult.
Now that all of our hardware is removed from our rack, we’re going to separate it from the splines on the steering shaft. Then we’ll pull it right out of the machine.
Sometimes it’ll do this right here, where it stays on the rack and pinion shaft instead of on the portion that is gonna be on the power steering unit. So all we’re gonna do is just knock this off here. Then we can reinstall it on our new one.
[2:14] The next thing we’ll do is install our inner ball and socket to each of the rack shafts. You want to make sure you apply a good amount of Loctite. I’m gonna thread them right in there.
We’re gonna fully tighten them.
Once we have them fully tightened, make sure our rack is centered. We’re going to do this by taking a rag laying over the splines of the rack. Take a pair of vice grips. Turn the rack all the way to one way, as far as it’ll go. We’ll take a measuring scale and measure from the face of the rack right here to the face of the inner ball and socket.
[3:18] It’s right at 75 mm. So we’ll divide that 75 by two and we’ll apply that adjustment to each side. So we need to be right at 37 and a half. That’s exactly where we’re at.
So we’re gonna go over to the opposite and take a measurement there as well. It looks like we’re at 37 and a half on this opposite side.
We’ll take a paint marker and mark the rack and pinion so we know where our center line is. We’re gonna mark it from the housing all the way up to the shaft. I like to put it out here so it’s in a good spot where you can see it. That way we always know where the center is on this rack.
[3:54] Now we’re going to let this dry and then get it installed in the machine.
Now we have our rack centered and we’ve got our inner ball and socket fully tightened. We’re going to install our new heavy-duty RackBoss rack and pinion into the machine.
Once we have our rack slid into place, we’ll come back inside the machine. Make sure our steering wheel is perfectly straight. Then we’ll install the rack to the steering shaft, making sure that our line is still lined up, showing that we are centered.
[4:24] Then we’re gonna slide it right on our steering shaft here. We’ll get our new hardware kit for our rack and pinion. It’s going to come with three new long bolts and two new short bolts, and they’re going to install exactly the same way the factory ones came out.
Now that we have our rack fully tightened, we’re going to reinstall the bolts that are securing the shaft to the power steering motor and the rack and pinion.
Next we’re gonna grab both of our boots. We’ll install this boot on the passenger side. We’re gonna come over here to the inner ball and socket. Remove the jam nut. Take our boot and slide it right up here. Slide it over the rack and pinion.
To get it to fully seat, sometimes you have to put some force on it and spin it.
Once you have the boot in place, take one of the provided zip ties to secure it.
[5:30] Then we’re gonna thread our tie rod onto the inner ball and socket. The checkered side needs to be facing away from the machine. Then we’ll take our heavy-duty heim joint-style tie rod end and install our jam nut to it.
We’re gonna thread the outer tie rod into the tie rod. Just remember, it is left-hand thread. Now we’ll lay our tie rod over where we’ll be mounting it.
Then we’ll grab both of our misalignment bushings. We’ll install one on the bottom side of the heim, as well as the top. Then we’ll grab our bolt. We’re gonna slide it right through the heim joint, into the knuckle.
We’re going to install our castle nut. We’ve got our wheels and tires on our machine and we’ve got it sat back down on the ground.
[6:13] Now we’re gonna roll the suspension out by pushing the machine back and forth. We’ve got Corey here helping us today. Three or four times is good enough.
After you’ve done that, you want to make sure your wheel is straight. Then we’re going to measure from center line to center line on the front of the tire.
It looks like we’re right at 54 and a half on the front side of the tire.
Now we’re gonna do the exact same thing on the back side. It looks like we’re right at 54 and a half as well.
[6:45] So the awesome thing about SuperATV’s heavy-duty tie rods is that they’re double adjustable, so if you did have to adjust your toe—whether that’s in or out, positive or negative—all you’d have to do is make sure both your jam nuts are loose. Grab hold of the tie rod and spin it until your measurement is the same from side to side.
Once you have your toe set, go through and tighten all of your jam nuts. Make sure all of your hardware is fully tightened.
And that’s how super easy it is to install SuperATV’s Heavy Duty RackBoss Rack and Pinion and Heavy-Duty Tie Rods. For more information on our rack or tie rods, feel free to give us a call at 855-743-3427 or check us out online at SuperATV.com. Thanks for watching and we’ll catch you next time.
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Do you measure from inside or flushon the rack to tie face he shows putting the ruler in then flush? And on a comander 2012 1000 2 door you cant get a ruler in and the one tie dont have a shoulder like in the instructions?
Hey Terry, it doesn’t matter exactly where you measure from. The most important thing is to measure it the same way on both sides. You can almost eyeball it without using a ruler at all. Give us a call at 855-743-3427 if you’re still having trouble. Thanks for the question!