Thanks for the shareWe broke a passenger side tire rod on our new 1000 Rmax at about 900 miles. I don’t know if I hit a rock too hard or what but fortunately it actually broke at very low speed. Has anyone else had problems with tie rods on these machines?
I have not encountered anyone who has had this problem however, that being said, When the wildcat, by....Arctic cat?,first came out, I think it was back in ‘14 or ‘15, Everyone was breaking front Tie-rods on that thing, particularly the passenger side. Turns out it was a engineering f—k up. I have heard they corrected that, but way back then when I heard that, I went down to my local tractor supply, and bought a roll of steel bailing wire to carry in my kit JIC. Good thing I did, because this last summer in 2020 on a Paiute Trail jamboree Road in Utah,, a Polaris razor broke a tire rod. We were going over some fairly rough terrain but nothing radical, but we were climbing over granite crushed rock. I pulled over, saw the problem right away. Took a line from the movie blazing saddles, “Excuse me while I whip this out” lol. Wired it up with the bailing wire so he could at least limp back to Marysvale. The moral of the story? Carry bailing wire. Do you have to go to a farm or ranch supply. No one in a hardware store knows what the f—k bailing wire is....Well maybe a rural hardware store,We broke a passenger side tire rod on our new 1000 Rmax at about 900 miles. I don’t know if I hit a rock too hard or what but fortunately it actually broke at very low speed. Has anyone else had problems with tie rods on these machines?
I did a long and steep climb in the summer that looked like it just got rough at the top around the bend. Once you got up there it quickly got a lot worse. So much so that as I was focused on staying on the throttle and identifying my line, a rut actually bucked my hands right of the steering wheel. Even though it caught me off guard and it wasn't how I drew it up, I figured it was probably for the best. Sure with power steering I probably could have held the wheel rock solid and powered through, but if it was enough torque to buck my hands, it could have been enough torque to bust a tie rod(or axel if diff lock were on). Goes without saying Yamaha builds these things well but they're not indestructibleThis are the one situtaions where power can screw you. I never had a problem on the Rhino until I went with power steering. Its just too easy to steer into something that will damage something. On the other side I broke my thumb without power steering because I was stupid and had my hand wrapped around the steering wheel. I guess its a gamble, break the machine or break yourself, if your going to ride hard.