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Old 01-21-2012, 10:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm going to be lifting up the Edge today to determine if the driveshaft bearing is shot or not. Once necessary repairs are made, I'll [obviously] put it all back together.

What I'm curious about is whether there's any real difference in quality from the Polaris OEM key to an aftermarket one. The Polaris ones aren't outrageously costly, but they are pretty expensive for what they are. The aftermarket ones seem to be about 20% of the cost of a Polaris one.

To be honest, what I WANT to do, is throw in a new key and drive the sled to see what happens. If it breaks again, it's the bearing. But, I don't want to be using an "expensive" Polaris key for my little test...
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the key can also break if the cable is starting to get stiff - or the speedo drive going out
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I did a bearing change on my 2002 last year, I was told the biggest reason the speedo stops working is the bearing has gone. as for OEM or after, don't know, if were me, you have it apart, bearings are not that expensive, cheaper than being stranded. Its not that bad of a job either, just remeber to rachet strap your suspension down tight before you unbolt it
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... or just unhook the torsion springs..
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Why before you unbolt it? I just did a track swap yesterday and I've done them before and I just take all 4 bolts off, starting on the front and I've never had a problem.
Also just bought a damn key at the dealer today. Theyre 8 dollars for a little piece of metal. Robbery.
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I see no reason that an aftermarket key wouldn't work. It is typically obvious when you get in there if the bearing is bad.
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Guys, the question is whether an aftermarket key is of comparable quality to an OEM one or not. Does anyone know?
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Check the cat dealer. Last one I got there was $3 and identicle to the polaris one.
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Why before you unbolt it? I just did a track swap yesterday and I've done them before and I just take all 4 bolts off, starting on the front and I've never had a problem.
Also just bought a damn key at the dealer today. Theyre 8 dollars for a little piece of metal. Robbery.
When I did my bearing install, i pulled my suspension out and did hyfaxes too, when i went to reinstall, I could not get it bolted back where it was. I was told i should have strapped it up first to keep the same settings. It turned out the new seting were better though. Maybe this is not needed but i am new to all this and the perrson who told me about it is a vet at sledding.
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Guys, the question is whether an aftermarket key is of comparable quality to an OEM one or not. Does anyone know?
I have used both. Ran to the dealer to grap one in a pinch then ordered a few aftermarket ones online. I went througha few of them and didn't find any difference between them.

After the first one broke I changed the speedo drive (easy inexpensive fix) Then after the second one broke I changed out the Speedo Cable I put a drill on it and it seemed to bind a little). Then when the third one broke I changed out the bearings, even though they were in great shape.(not so easy). After all those changes I was still breaking them.

But, After the last one broke I realized they only broke when the temps were really cold.. So now I let the sled warm up for around 5-10 minutes and haven't had any problems.. I am guessing the speedo itself is the reason for the broken keys since nothing else seemed to help. Don't know why because the speedo works fine when I'm not breaking keys..Moisture maybe?

Wish I had thought of warming up the sled first, before I tore apart the skid to get to the bearings... Oh well, live and learn.

Just to let you know, the aftermarket one has been in for over a year now...
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