Yamaha YXZ1000R Steering Joints Replacement
While the steering joints or tie rod ends on conventional vehicles will probably last a lifetime, UTV steering joints typically need replacing every few years.
If the steering on your Yamaha UTV feels lazy and the front wheels are out of alignment, chances are the tie rod ends have worn out. Watch the video above and follow the steps below to replace the steering joints on a Yamaha YXZ1000R side-by-side.
NOTE: Steering joints wear out at the same rate, so you should replace the steering joints on both sides at the same time.
Tools and Parts Needed – Yamaha YXZ1000 Steering Joint/Tie Rod End Replacement
Removing a Yamaha YXZ1000R Steering Joint / Tie Rod End
Step 1. Raise the vehicle and support it on axle stands positioned under the frame, then remove the front wheels.
NOTE: Don’t work on your side-by-side or any other vehicle using only a jack. Always make sure the vehicle is safely supported on axle stands.
Step 2. Loosen the locking nut above the steering joint with a 22mm wrench. Once loose, bring the locking nut back against the steering joint so you have a stop point for the new steering joint when you install it. This ensures the wheel’s alignment is correct.
Step 3. Remove the cotter pin from the 19mm castle nut that holds the steering joint, then remove the castle nut and washer.
Step 4. Remove the steering joint from the steering knuckle assembly. Use a hammer to knock it out if necessary.
Step 5. Unscrew the steering joint from the tie rod.
Installing Yamaha a YXZ1000R Steering Joint / Tie Rod End
Step 6. Thread the new steering joint onto the tie rod up to the locking nut.
Step 7. Install the steering joint into the steering knuckle assembly and set it in place by striking it with a dead blow hammer.
Step 8. Reinstall the washer and 19mm castle nut, then torque the nut to 29 foot-pounds and install a new cotter pin.
Step 9. Using a 22mm wrench attached to a torque wrench via an adjustable torque wrench adapter, torque the locking nut to 36 foot-pounds. Make sure the torque wrench is attached to the 22mm wrench at a 90-degree angle, otherwise the torque measurement will be incorrect.
Step 10. Reinstall the front wheel and you’re done with one side.
With one steering joint replaced, repeat the entire process for the steering joint/tie rod end on the other side of the vehicle.