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2022+ RZR Turbo R Rear Half Shaft Removal and Installation

Required Tools and Supplies

  • 19mm Socket
  • 21mm Socket
  • 30mm Socket
  • 15mm Wrench
  • 21mm Wrench
  • Torque Wrench
  • Breaker Bar
  • Flat-Head Screwdriver
  • Anti-Seize
  • Axle Nut
  • Brake Caliper Fasteners
  • Sway Bar Linkage Fastener
  • Upper Bearing Carrier Fastener
  • Compression Ring
  • Cotter Pin
  • Safety Glasses
  • Nitrile Gloves
  • Shop Towels

For information on tools, read the Tools and Fasteners Guide.

Always wear safety glasses and nitrile gloves when servicing your Polaris RZR. To remove and install the rear half shaft on your RZR Turbo R, follow these steps:

1. Park the vehicle on a flat, level surface and ensure it is in PARK. 

2. Remove the center cap from the wheel. 

3. Loosen the axle nut with a 30mm socket.

4. Loosen the lug nuts with a 19mm socket with a breaker bar while the vehicle is on the ground. Do not remove them at this time.

5. Safely elevate the vehicle. Reference your Owner’s Manual for proper lifting techniques. 

6. Once safely elevated, remove the lug nuts and set aside. 

7. Remove the wheel and set aside. 

8. Remove and discard the axle nut from the rear wheel assembly.

9. Remove and retain the lower radius rod fastener and nut with a 21mm socket and a 21mm wrench, and lower the rod.

10. Repeat this process for the upper radius rod.

11. Press the axle in while pulling the trailing arm out to remove the axle from the hub. Tip: If necessary, loosely reinstall the axle nut onto the axle and tap the nut with a hammer to separate the axle from the hub.

12. Lift the axle up and with a short, sharp jerk, remove the drive shaft from the rear gearcase.

13. Clean the anti-seize off the drive shaft splines using a clean, dry cloth.

14. Inspect the threads and splines on the half shaft for nicks or burrs and replace if needed.

15. Inspect the CV boots to ensure there are no cuts, wear or damage and replace if needed. 

16. Remove and discard the compression ring on the drive shaft with a flat-head screwdriver.

17. Install a new compression ring into the groove on the end of the drive shaft and ensure it is fully seated. 

18. Before installing, clean any old anti-seize from the gearcase and hub assembly. 

19. Apply new anti-seize to the inboard splines on the half shaft.

20. Align the splines on the half shaft with the gearcase and push in firmly on the shaft until the compression ring is fully engaged in the gearcase. 

21. Lightly pull on the axle to ensure the compression ring is fully engaged.

22. Insert the axle through the wheel hub and push the carrier in to seat the axle.

23. Install a new axle nut onto the axle.

24. Align the upper radius rod and reinstall the fastener and nut.

25. Repeat this process for the lower radius rod.

26. Torque the upper and lower radius rod fasteners to 133 ft-lbs (180 Nm).

27. Install the wheels on the vehicle and tighten the lug nuts until fully seated. 

28. Safely lower the vehicle until the tires begin to touch the ground. This will help keep the wheels in place when torqueing. 

29. Once lowered, torque the lug nuts to 148 ft-lbs (200 Nm) in a crisscross pattern. 

30. Torque the axle nut to 89 ft-lbs (120 Nm).

31. Finally, lower the vehicle completely.

For more information, see your authorized Polaris Dealer. Find a dealer near you with the Dealer Locator.
Maintenance tips, procedures and specifications can be found in your Owner's Manual.
To find diagrams and replacement part numbers, use the online parts catalog.

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