There are many ways to identify good quality RZR parts as they come from using products, and salvagers often need to clean them off before selling them. In this article, we will focus on how to spot Polaris RZR parts that are in excellent condition at UTV/ATV salvage yards.
1. Check the Bolt Holes
It is the first step and the most important. When buying used parts, make sure they can bolt onto your vehicle. Before purchasing aspects, ensure they are in good working condition. Sometimes salvagers will clean them off and must remember to grease their friction points so they can tighten up at home. After cleaning, examine them for any gaps or loose areas.
Only some torque specs are listed, so if you see a new part with a torque spec of 75 ft-lbs, it does not necessarily mean it is under factory specs. Consider it a great candidate for purchase if a 75 ft-lbs torque spec on a used part is acceptable. To check the gap between the bolt holes, use a paper clip or other small metal device to measure the distance between holes. If you see a gap of 1/8″ or more, it could be possible that an aftermarket bolt will fit through it.
2. Inspect Threads
Check to make sure that threads are not damaged. Checking and inspecting cables on used parts shows how long they have been in use. If there is rust on threads, then it is most likely that they have been sitting in water for an extended period. On the other hand, if the lines are clean and not corrupted, then the part is expected to be a good candidate for purchase.
3. Check Nuts
Check nuts for excessive thread damage. Check for any excess thread damage on bolts and nuts. If the bolt has been through excessive use and wears over time, it could be possible to strip threads if reused. Always check if striped lines are on the used product you want to purchase.
4. Check Cords
Check to see if the cords have been damaged. When buying used parts, a good rule of thumb is that they should have only been used once or not at all. If you see a cord put through excessive use and cut too short, it can damage the cord by reusing it after cutting it off and getting another one on the way. However, when checking cords for damage, several factors need to be considered, most notably how long the power tools have been used. Check to see if the line has been bent, if it has been stretched and ripped, or if the cord was put through excessive use. If the cable is damaged in any way, it is a good indication that this part of your vehicle will not be safe on the trail.
5. Look at Frame Links
Look at links to see if they have been bent, twisted, or broken. If you start looking at used parts that are held together by bolts and nuts, there is a good chance that, at some point, those bolts may need to be replaced. Some parts will be heavily used, which can cause them to bend or break.
The Bottom Line
The first thing you want to look for is whether or not there are any gaps between the part and its frame. When looking for a gap between the frame and the used part, you first want to focus on the bolt holes. Next, check around the nut holes; if there are gaps present, a bolt may likely fit through them.
The best Polaris RZR accessories are the ones that are factory original. However, many aftermarket parts will fit your vehicle and work well. The best thing when looking for RZR parts is to check the part number on the box and compare it to the part number on your vehicle. As long as you’re careful with your money and buy used parts only as a last resort, you should be able to spend less money than if you were buying new ones and have a great car when you get it home.