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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-24-2008, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
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Question Beefing up the rear radius rods?

Have any of you that are racing done anything to beef up the radius rods in the rear to protect them from a hard hit?
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Re: Beefing up the rear radius rods?

Did you bend a lower radius rod? I was able to straiten mine. I havn't had a problem since I added the 1" ID poly pipe around them. The Poly is getting trashed. I may need to make new ones soon.

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Re: Beefing up the rear radius rods?

Good to hear from you Bear Foot! Yeah, Linda took someone out to test ride our Revolt and it came back with a bow in the lower rod. They had skipped it off a boulder. I am going to straighten mine and install the poly pipes like you did.
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Re: Beefing up the rear radius rods?

If you cant find the 1" ID pipe let me know and I'll send you some. I found mine @ Home Depot. I think they are 20" to 21" long.



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Re: Beefing up the rear radius rods?

Yes. I fabricate a set which I, damon, and Aaron run on our race rigs. Not a single issue since putting them in. They are REALLY beefy and stronger than the heims which hold them in place. So the weak link is no longer the link!!!

What do you want to know? Do you have access to a machine shop and could make your own? If not, I could fab a set and mail them out to you for about $100 + shipping.

Let me know.

I will try to post up a picture of them tomorrow.

Edit: I just read the replies of putting poly pipe around the links. Without sounding like a shit, that is a SERIOUS bandaid and doesn't solve the real issue. The issue is that the links in these are NOT designed for anything but sand. If you hit a reasonable sized rock (size of your hand) at 60mph, those things break like tooth picks and take out everything else on that side. Just ask Aaron. His snapped during a race and took out his main trailing link and a half shaft. You REALLY should consider making or purchasing stronger ones and never worry about it again. Seriously! I will post pics tomorrow.

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Re: Beefing up the rear radius rods?

I look forward to seeing the pics. I believe Bear Foot is using the poly pipes to keep from scaring up the lower rods while he is trail riding. I am sure he will be interested as I am in what you came up with for those days when you want to go WOT until your eyeballs bleed. No sense in reinventing the wheel if you racers have something out there that is working. I'm starting to get the itch to race again (don't tell my wife). I started racing Quads years ago in District 38 (El Centro / Plaster City) then the kids came and I couldn't afford to get hurt. Have you, Aaron and Damon formed a team?
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Re: Beefing up the rear radius rods?

Attached are two pics.

Aaron runs these now (after braking a stock one in the past). After our Snowflake race, he hit something hard enough to bend a heim, but the link did not break. Not even bent! If it had broken, he would have been spending a bunch of $$ again to repair all of the other stuff that would have broken with it!

These are made from 1" x .25 wall DOM, drilled and tapped directly into the material, and then sleeved with 1.25"x.12 wall HREW. Super beef! You will NOT break these!
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Re: Beefing up the rear radius rods?

I would agree with the idea of beefing up the rear radius arms with steel. This is what happened 30 minutes out of the box on a trail.

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Re: Beefing up the rear radius rods?

Yep! That looks familiar.

I've got a set of arms sitting on my garage floor, extra. I have 2 of them. $100 shipped to your door if your interested. Shoot me a PM if your interested.

BTW: You could probably make your own pretty easily if you purchase some tube inserts, tubing, and know how to weld. But mine are REALLY beefy. should be the last time you ever have to think about them.

You really only need to replace the lowers. The uppers are good as stock. Damon's revolt has raced 3 or 4 races with the aluminum uppers and the steel lowers that I made without any issues. I run mine version on the uppers and lowers mostly because I can. Not because it is required for strength. But can't hurt, I figure, since I can't afford to break in a race.

Let me know.
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Re: Beefing up the rear radius rods?

I have jays on the race car and have ran them for ever now. Even flipping it doesnt hurt them!
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