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    New Tie Rod

    On my first ride I bent a tie rod. Straightened it out on my press, then ordered a new one. Shop said $60 and ordered it. Last week I asked if it had ever come in so they went and checked. Turns out that the OE tie rod was obsolete and it now had a new part number and cost $90. Just got the new one and I'm not too happy! Same diameter as the old one but it is now hollow. Tubing instead of solid rod. If I was racin' the tubing would be ok, ya know, less unsprung weight. Since I don't race anymore I want something that can be fixed in the field, if you bend the solid one it can be straightened, if you bend the one made of tubing you're just SOL. I guess I'll just continue to use the one I fixed and throw the new one it the box for a spare. Still pisses me off, I'd much rather have the OE style, plus I'm not happy about the $90. Sometimes I miss my old job, coulda just made a new one myself.

    Dwight

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    Dwight,

    My dealer sold me a new tie rod for $15. I believe it was off a prowler and should fit Wildcat (that's what dealer said). It is hollow.

    Not sure what your getting for $90? - other than overpriced.

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    I really hope this isn't a recurring theme on the Wildcats. Im not happy about paying high prices for crap just because these machines are new and in super high demand. Its BS. They want almost $500 for the plastic and metal door. And IMO that's insane.

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    Prices for everything- ac or aftermarket is about triple-or more what the price should be I think. I hope that prices in general for parts will come down after awhile. I am concerned that there are a lot of high wear items on these machines. Tie rods for instance. They have a big range of motion, as do the cv joints and all the suspension components. I was thinking about that tonight as I was jacking up the cat to replace the tires. My big floorjack just barely lifted it high enough to get the wheels off the ground!

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    We pay to play, it's only time and money!!!!!!!!. For some a little too much time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackpot View Post
    We pay to play, it's only time and money!!!!!!!!. For some a little too much time.
    I don't mind paying to play, I just don't like paying 2-3 times what a part should cost.

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    I agree, even the after market guys are over priced for some of the things they are making for our cats.

    But I'm sure as the cat becomes more common and competition gets more furious, all the pricing will come down in time. I'm hoping that the after market guys come out with a chrome molly tie rod

    Mike
    OWN a Arctic Cat Wildcat , KTM 525 EXC, Honda CR250R & Just Sold Long Travel Honda Pilot First of all, disclaimers, I have ridden in a Razor S & XP900 as a passenger. I have driven our Rescue-3 SxS which consist of a Honda Big Red & a Polaris Ranger Crew

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    I really don't want stronger tie rods, I just want to be able to field repair (straighten) them. I guess I just need to buy some aluminum rod and have the machine shop thread them for me. Reccon that will be cheaper than $90?

    Dwight

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    bent mine, how in the heck do you get it off?? the nut turns with the shaft, cant get it to break loose.

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    Tie rod p/n 0405-404 is $9.95 Arctic Cat MSRP The whole tie rod kit with ends is (0505-815) $94.95


 
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