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Well I put my ranger on the jack to check out a few things and bushings were bad. Call super Daves and they'll be here Saturday. So tonight I pulled everything to get ready for them to install. My lower ball joints are bad. My steering wheel shook bad around 30 mph. i hope my dealer has some in stock tomorrow if not it mom b4 I can get them. I rather pay price of all balls but want it done. How do u tell if bearings are bad. I could tell bushings were by moving wheel but not the ball joints until I got hub off.
 

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Well I put my ranger on the jack to check out a few things and bushings were bad. Call super Daves and they'll be here Saturday. So tonight I pulled everything to get ready for them to install. My lower ball joints are bad. My steering wheel shook bad around 30 mph. i hope my dealer has some in stock tomorrow if not it mom b4 I can get them. I rather pay price of all balls but want it done. How do u tell if bearings are bad. I could tell bushings were by moving wheel but not the ball joints until I got hub off.
Sadly, these are areas where Polaris could do a better job it seems. How many miles? Do you live in the mud?

To check the bearing you will have to jack up the machine and check for play between the spindle and knuckle area. This is usually done by placing your hands at the 12 and 6 o'clock position on the tire and trying to move the top in or out. Since you have other bad parts, this may be hard to see or detect. It might be helpful to watch the inside area where the CV goes through the knuckle. If the CV outer joint shaft where it goes through the knuckle moves independently of the knuckle, you have bad bearings. Sometimes you can feel roughness as well, but that would be hard to judge with everything still together. The play is the real giveway.

This video at 44 seconds shows what i am trying to describe...


This one isn't real bad, and your other worn parts may make it hard to determine exactly whats moving.
 

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......your other worn parts may make it hard to determine exactly whats moving.
Unfortunately, that's correct. I think you'll have to either replace it all and be done with it, or wait until you get some of the other problems corrected to see if the bearings are also bad. Knowing that the bushings AND ball joints are bad, I'd bet money that the wheel bearings aren't far behind. I would replace all of them if it were mine. JMHO
 

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532 miles.....
 

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200$ for 4 w 20 percent discount at local polaris. Called super daves, $25 to ship,$140 for 4 greasable ones, be here tomorrow
 

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Im in the same boat 820 miles all my rear bushings are junk,both front wheel bearings and one upper ball joint..i already replaced both lower ball joints,both tie rod ends at 500 miles
 

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Super daves bushing are great, and worth the extra money....
 

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What I find interesting here is I just took apart my bone stock 09 with 4000mi, now I am the second owner but it's not hard to tell what as been done and from what I see only the rear wheel bearings and by how shinny the cotter pins are not that long ago, it now needs front wheel bearings and rear outer a-arm bushings. Now their has to be a reason besides bad parts and grease zerks that some get better longevity and others don't, could it be how and where you drive and/or mods? JMO but I'm guessin that's it.
 

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I only have 300 miles and my bearings are bad... not sure about my bushings though.. guess I'll look at them when I'm jacking with the bearings... I ride a lot of sand, mud and water, though..
 

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Replaced it all and bearinga are good. Rear bushings are good. Yes I believe it's how u ride and mods. I ride trails, fields to hunt and I am in mud. But I service my ranger very well. I really like the fit of super daves stuff. Highly recommend!
 

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I agree, an aftermarket part needs to be better and/or cheaper to survive. Years ago companies would build in safety factors, in other words if they said it would last 1000miles meant it safely lasted 3000 in a real world test, under normal were and tear. Today almost everything is value engineered and computer tested, meaning if they say 1000miles that's all your going to get, now add weight, lift, big tires ect. or go riding in the goo that is greatly reduced. Figures are just a reference to make my point.
 
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