Aftermarket modifications such as portals are rough on the steering rack of the Honda Pioneer. But even if you’re running a stock machine, your Honda Pioneer rack and pinion is still at risk. Accidents on the trail, overloading, and even natural wear and tear can bend or fracture steering racks, grind down or break pinion gear teeth, and cause various issues within the rack and pinion steering box. For example, if your steering wheel turns but the tires do not, your steering rack and pinion is the first place you should look — especially if you feel popping or hear clicking noises when you turn the steering wheel. There is a tension nut on the rack and pinion that is often the cause of such issues. You can tighten it down, which may be all you need to get you up and running again. Simple fixes like this, however, are not always possible, and your machine may require a rack and pinion replacement.
For those who continually bend their steering racks or those looking to proactively modify their Pioneer to preemptively solve any possible rack and pinion issue, stronger steering racks and pinion gears can be installed. Billet steering racks for the Honda Pioneer are much stronger than stock racks, and they can be found with various gear ratios to work with any year or edition of the Honda Pioneer. In conjunction with bigger tie rods and heim joints, a stronger steering rack can make a world of difference for riders running heavy tires, wheel spacers, or snow tracks. If you don’t push your machine to it’s limits, an OEM Honda Pioneer steering rack and pinion might be all you need. Furthermore, if something in the rack and pinion brakes or malfunctions, you may not need a complete steering rack and pinion replacement kit. Gear replacements can be installed if your steering is slipping or jumping teeth, and alignments can be undergone for steering racks that are out of phase. Whatever the case may be for you and your Pioneer though, Everything Honda Offroad is sure to have the appropriate solution for all your UTV steering woes.