I think they use self tapping bolts in those holes don't they? At least that is what another owner said about his experience.
I just put some lite pickup tires 14 inch big horns from less swab on my can am , it was squerly with the factory off road tires before but now with 6-8 inchs snow it seams to be better more sipped rubber tire on the road and not so soft rubber tire maybe. I wished I had put them on at 1st. you have to get different rims because the atv rims wont take the air pressure u have to put in them to seal the bead on the tire, you only run about 15 lbs in them.But so far I am very empressed. I am trading in my camander in soon and a will put these tires on my new crew. personally I think a sxs feels more sqerlly than a 4 wheeler because you sit in a sxs were you sit on a 4 wheeler and you feel you have more control because yo move your body with the machine.The fat back tires r most of the problem. They r a pig on ice in the snow as far as the handling. But they will go threw the snow just not straight. And said problem gets compounded with any speed. Chains make a big difference but then again speed is limited. Mine will climb steep logging trails with 6" of snow without any problem other than u have to steer it.
at least Polaris sends out a answer , I have a can am camander right now and the problems I have addressed to can am I have never herd a thing from them and the dealer can care less. im buying a new sxs in the next year and it will be a new ranger crew 900 xp. I have owned a sportsman before had not one thing wrong with it ,and exelent service. I don't know what I was thinking buying anything else but.Yeah, I would have expected a better answer than that from Polaris, oh well, I wonder what the response would be about my new transmission coming without the holes all tapped?
I'm not complaining about my machine, but there is definitely more to it than "you're driving to fast". I've had many machines over the years, and I always felt in control of what I was driving. My ranger is literally out-of-control if you drive over 5 mph on a road with hardpack with 4WD engaged. If you are on a flat road and can turn off the 4WD, the problem goes away and you can go 20 mph without any issue. But around my area, there are so many hills that I can't go uphill in 2WD on slick roads, so I am reduced to 4WD and creeping along with my front end facing 1 ditch, and my rear end facing the other, crab walking down the road.
Minivans on summer tires run better down my road that my Ranger in 4WD.
I'm still on the original stock tires, which I know are horrible. But I don't need to ride the roads often, so I just grumble about it and go along. My machine works well enough for plowing the driveway and hauling firewood during winter, and I have no complaints about the machine from April through November.Hey bro, what tires are you running?
I agree that they are not all bad but some just are not right. I have ridden a few others that act better than mine but the dealer doesn't seem to know or care about an issue. just give me a damn button that says 4x4 I can push and keep it engaged.Alright, to everyone who's posted in this thread, whom I've pissed off in the past I apologize.
Here's a bit of an update:
I was at my dealer a few days ago looking at the Ranger XP900. Will be in the market very soon for a new machine...fingers crossed...I mentioned this issue to my dealer and he said they have had 1 machine in with this exact problem. The front differential was messed up somehow so it wasn't engaging properly. So the problem is out there, the problem exists, but its not every single machine. Wondering if there were some bad parts that got put into the assembly line? Which explains why some members have issues and some don't, and totally explains why my friend's Ranger didn't have the issue, yet a couple others that have rangers now have mentioned this issue at times.
Once again I apologize for my attitude earlier on in this thread. Look forward to further learning from fellow members who've been in the Polaris world far longer than I have.