The forum has changed, as it would. Initially, everybody was "waiting in anticipation" We were all in the same boat...waiting for our rides! Now that Wildcat's are in our garage, the tone is changing. I was thinking about that the other night, I was gonna post the first 10 thread topics from about a month ago and 10 thread topics of the last few day's...quite a difference... Myself, I'm thinking that I'm gonna ingest as much info as I can while sorting thru the irrelevant...which might be me!!!This forum spends way too much time on "he said, she said" shit! I personally don't give a damn if your machine is faster that mine. It does things that should be illegal in off road riding, takes some of the thrill out of a serious climb. It also treats my old body much better than my RZR Standard. I'm sure hoping that the majority on this forum are at least on the same page as I am, just getting tired of all of the bs on here. Ya, I know, I don't have to be here but I can filter out a lot of good information from this site, I just have to learn to quit reading some of the posts. Ok, rant over.
I don't disagree that there have to be concessions made with a longer wheel base. That being said, lock to lock, the front tires do not turn as tightly as my RZR-S. That has nothing to do with wheel base, and everything to do with rotation angle allowance of the front suspension geometry.Whats there to be concerned about? It is what it is, you cant have it all with any sxs. If you want the benefits of a longer wheelbase your gonna have to give up some turning radius.
I'm not sure that has alot to do with it, some maybe. i think the best way to improve the turning radius is to move the tie rods on the spindle side closer to the centerline of the spindle. The spindle moves in an arc with it's centerline created by the upper and lower ball joints, (aka the kingpin angle). The farther the tie rod mount is from this centerline the less arc the spindle will move, the closer to the centerline the greater the arc. If you look at the wildcat from the side (overlooking the tire) you'll see that the tie rod isn't parallel to the axle, and is actually about an inch farther (or forward) on the spindle side. It isn't wrong, just how they (AC) did it. If the cv's would allow it, I think that the tie rod mount on the spindle upright should be moved back about an inch. I haven't done the math yet to figure out the increase in the turning radius, but it will increase it. It's on my "to do list"completely change out the power steering gear box. HEAR THAT AFTERMARKET GUYS!!!,