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If you’ve got hella slack in your rack and you’re steering system is sloppy as can be, it might be time to upgrade your Can-am Defender rack and pinions. Many riders reach out to us frustrated with their machine’s rack and pinions, and we tell them that a broken steering is leases and bounds better than a broken transmission. You have to remember that the Can-am Defender steering racks were made for 26”-27” tires, so when you throw on some heavy 40” mudders with gnarly tread and metal rim, the added weight and torsional forces is a lot to handle. For this reason, may UTV riders bring a spare steering rack with them when they ride… just in case. And while OEM rack and pinion replacements work, you really aught to get a billet one. Alternatively, if your steering is not as tight as you would like it to be but you don’t want to mess round with your steering rack, a set of aftermarket a-arm bushings by side-by-side firms such as Garage Products will help to adjust the tie rods of your UTV and firm things up substantially.
In some cases, however, the problem is far greater than a misaligned steering wheel or a little bit of play in the steering rack and pinions. Some times, the Can-am Defender rack just breaks, and there’s nothing you can do about it other than swap it out with a replacement. You can bust the housing or you can fracture the rack along its width, and if you’re like most people, you probably want a long-term solution, not just a bandaid to get you through the weekend. While steering stops can definitely help, aftermarket steering racks and pinions are a route that many Can-am owners choose. Companies like Performance Fabrication & Machining make a great billet rack for the Can-am Defender, which is stronger and more durable than the OEM rack. But whatever you choose for your Defender, know that we here at Everything Can-Am Offroad are riders ourselves. And if you have any questions or inquiries, feel free to reach out and we’ll steer you in the right direction!