Agree with you! this badboy was design for sand.... never the less i will take it to the trailsIt is a poor design on AC's part but I think you can still fasten the guards to the lower A arm, but they will have to be larger then normal in order to extend beyond the steering arm and over the outer boot. The guards would also have to be beefier then normal but will only offer limited protection. That's just my guess.
I am sure our vendors will come up with some options, it will be up to the riders to determine how much protection they will need. I do alot of off trail woods riding and find myslef hitting or getting hung up on hidden stumps alot, and bang rocks in washouts and boulder fields all the time, so I'll need al the protection I can get. Sand riders won't need as much, which is what this machine was obviously designed for.
I sure hope your right.I ride trails for about 1/2 of my riding. I have never bent an a-arm or tie rod in those conditions. I used to bend stock tie-rods on my Prowler every trip to the dunes though. But that was when I had to case the bottom of every hill with speed just to make it up. The suspension in this thing will eat that up. Plus, those tie rods look about twice as thick as the stock Prowler junk..................
As a matter of fact he said it wants to go back to its original shape it but did not demonstrate it, and he was only talking about if it was "slightly deflected" that it would "want" to return back to its machined shape. What you want and what will actually happen often tend to be completely different things. I am not guessing about this, I have bent the Wildcat tie rods at least a half a dozen times and each and every time they remained bent and took a good bit of work to straighten out.As a matter of fact 7075 alluminum alloy will deflect and return to it's normal shape, like a spring!
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and I think your thoughts are shared by many in the off road community. Some have said it's "a poor design" not really.I have ripped the guts out of both the wildcats I have owned and not bent one. I also have not hit anything either... My thoughts are this.... Something has to be the first part to take an impact. on a wildcat its the tie rod. on a RZr is a headlight, plastic grill or if its low enough an A Arm. no matter what, if you hit something, something is bending or breaking. I prefer it to be a tie rod that I can try to adjust or bend straight to get home rather than an A Arm.