Polaris RZR 900XP Engine Rebuild Part 7: Engine Installation
This is the seventh and final part of our Polaris RZR 900XP engine rebuild series, in which we highlight the important points of a Polaris UTV engine reinstallation.
Watch the video above and follow the steps below to complete the engine installation process of a rebuilt Polaris RZR engine. Use our Polaris RZR 900 parts diagrams for additional reference. The steps covered include:
- Reinstalling ancillary components
- Remounting the engine into the chassis
- Installing the Polaris RZR engine
Tools and Parts Needed - Polaris RZR 900 Engine Installation
- Ratchet and extensions
- Socket set
- Spark plug socket
- Torque wrench
- Clutch alignment tool
- Polaris transmission nut socket
Reinstalling Ancillary Components to the Polaris RZR 900XP Engine
Before installing the engine into the chassis, you'll need to reinstall the spark plugs, water pump assembly, oil cooler, water inlet cover, oil filter, thermostat assembly and the throttle body adapters.
Step 1. Use a spark plug socket to install the spark plugs.
NOTE: Even if the old O-rings look OK, you should replace them now while the engine is disassembled.
Step 3. Line up the tip of the water pump with the grooved end of the oil pump shaft and reinstall the water pump assembly onto the engine.
Step 4. Remove all traces of old gasket from around the water inlets before installing a new water inlet cover gasket and thermostat gasket.
Step 5. Inspect the throttle body adapters and their O-rings for wear, splits or tears and replace them if necessary.
Remounting the Engine Into the Polaris RZR 900XP Chassis
Before the engine can be fully secured within the chassis, it must be properly aligned with the transmission. Once the motor is aligned, there’s a specific procedure that must be followed to tighten the mounting bolts.
Step 1. Apply anti-seize to the threads of the four engine spacers and jam nuts.
NOTE: You need to use a Polaris clutch alignment tool to correctly position the engine within the chassis.
Step 2. Torque the threaded spacers to 10 foot-pounds, the jam nuts to 33 foot-pounds, and the through-bolts to 75 foot-pounds.
Step 3. Use a Polaris transmission nut socket to tighten the jam nuts. The transmission nut socket is part# PU-50566.
Step 4. Torque the motor mount bolts to 40 foot-pounds.
Watch the clip below to see the remounting segment of our Polaris RZR 900XP engine rebuild video.
Installing the Polaris RZR 900XP Engine
Once the engine is remounted within the chassis, all the various hoses, cables and connectors can be reattached, including the oil and water hoses and the wiring harness. The oil system, exhaust system and intake system can also be installed and the engine oil and coolant replenished.
Step 1. Install a set of new exhaust seal gaskets.
NOTE: Don't reuse the old gaskets, since the exhaust header won’t seal to the cylinder head properly.
Step 2. Spray contact/brake cleaner into the throttle body adapters to make sliding the throttle bodies back into the adapters much easier.
Step 3. Raise up all the wires and hoses when reinstalling the inner clutch cover so they sit on top of the cover in the channel provided and aren’t trapped behind the cover.
Step 4. Torque the drive clutch bolt to 96 foot-pounds and the driven clutch bolt to 40 foot-pounds.
Step 5. Install the drive belt with the arrows printed on it pointing to the left.
Watch the clip below to see the final installation segment of our Polaris RZR 900XP engine rebuild video.