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Solid axle ATV or locked differential

The type of rear axle on your ATV, as given in the owner’s manual, affects where you should position your body on the seat during a turn. The rear axle may be either of these types.

  • A solid axle causes the wheels on both the inside and outside of a turn to rotate at the same speed, even though the wheels on the inside of the turn cover a shorter distance.
  • A differential axle lets the outside wheel rotate faster than the inside wheel, resulting in an easier and smoother turn.

If your ATV has a solid rear axle (or a differential axle that is locked), use a turning technique that lets the inside rear wheel skid during the turn. When turning at:

  • A low speed, slide your body forward and to the outside of the seat. Then lean into the turn.
  • A faster speed, slide forward and to the inside of the seat. Then lean into the turn.