Created: April 16, 2021
Is it time to replace your tie rod? Maybe it’s bent or broken or is it just time to upgrade? Well, SuperATV’s got you covered with our heavy-duty tie rods, and today we’re gonna show you how to get them installed on this Polaris RZR Trail S 1000.
[00:16] First, remove your front wheels and tires. Then, get an 18mm socket and remove the bolt.
If your tie rod is stuck, place a hammer against the knuckle. Then, hit that hammer with another hammer and it’ll pop out of there. A lot of times on a newer machine, they won’t be stuck. Grab it, pick up, and remove it. Then, pop the clamp apart to remove it.
Steer the steering wheel out to where the tie rod comes as far out to your side as possible.
It’s difficult to see, but there’s a zip tie holding this boot on. If you can’t rotate it down, cut off the zip tie with some side cuts. Grab your boot and pull it off. Expose this inner ball and socket here as much as you can.
Take a pipe wrench (there’s other methods but I found this is the easiest) and grab the center ball and socket tight. Crack the center ball and socket loose and give it a couple turns. Once you get it loosened up, grab ahold of the tie rod and spin it out the rest of the way.
Make sure that the bushing doesn’t come off. Slide the bushing back up if it starts to come off. Take the new inner ball and socket and apply a good amount of blue lock tight to the threads. Remove the nut from the threads for now.
Steer the steering wheel back to the opposite side a little bit to make it easier to get the inner ball and socket in. Then thread it back out to make it easier to get the pipe wrench on it.
Get it as tight as you can by hand. Run this out, and then tighten the center ball and socket with the pipe wrench as tight as you can get it.
[03:23] Put the big boot on the driver’s side and the small boot on the passenger side. Make sure they are installed all the way.
Slide the zip tie down the boat. Try to get it all the way up in there. Make sure it’s right on the lip of the boot where it ties into the rack. Once it’s there, get it nice and tight.
Cut off the excess of the zip tie with the side cuts. Do the same thing right on the lip of the boot for the outer portion. Make sure that the little notch is exposed because you’re going to use that to tighten the jam nuts. Cut off the excess again.
Thread the nut you removed from the inner ball and socket back on as far as it will go.
[04:33] The smooth side of the tie rod needs to thread onto your inner ball and socket toward the inside of the machine (I like to run my tie rods in about halfway each).
Get the tie rod end and take a nut out of the kit. Run this nut all the way up (remember that this is a left-hand thread). Then thread it into the tie rod and run it up about halfway again.
Get your steering wheel straight (go off of the alignment marks from Polaris). Put the tapered stud down into the steering knuckle. Then grab a nylock nut. Thread it onto the tapered stud until it gets to the nylock.
Line up the tie rod and put the misalignment bushing in. Take the other nut and put it on. Put a 19mm socket on the bottom and a 19mm wrench on top and tighten it. Now the hardware is fully tightened.
Next, get the cotter pins from the kit and slide them through the top and bottom of the tapered stud (I like to bend them away from themselves).
[06:49] Now the steering wheel is straight and the tie rod is adjusted to where the rotor is straight. You still need to make some toe adjustments.
Now repeat the same exact steps on the passenger side. Next, reinstall the wheels and tires on both sides and set the machine back on the ground. When the machine is on the ground, roll it back and forth about five times to get the suspension settled.
Now after you’ve rolled your machine out a couple of times, make sure that the steering wheel is straight.
[07:52] Take a measurement from the centerline of the tire. Every tire manufacturer will have a centerline on it. Go on the forward side of the front tires and take a measurement. We’re at 1305 in the front. Do the same thing on the backside of the tire. We’re at 1307 so that’s pretty close.
[08:22] If you need to make any adjustments, the awesome thing about SuperATV’s Tie Rods is that they are double adjustable. Grab your tie rod and spin it either way depending on what you need to do.
A trick is to put a black dot on the inner ball and socket and the tie rod. That way, you can keep track of how many turns you’ve made.
Once you have it all set, go through and fully tighten these jam nuts down on the inner as well as the outer side of the tie rod. Get them good and tight. That’s all there is to it to install SuperATV’s heavy-duty tie rods on this Polaris RZR 1000 S Trail.
For more information on these heavy-duty tie rods or any of SuperATV’s great products, feel free to give us a call or check us out online. Visit our website to pick up your own heavy-duty tie rods. Thanks for watching, and we’ll catch you next time.
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