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PostSubject: Arched A-Arms   Arched A-Arms EmptyFri Aug 22, 2014 9:28 am

Ok I am getting the new 900 XP4 ready and am wanting arched a-arms what are some recommendations. HighLifter, Orb, ZBroz, Etc.
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PostSubject: Re: Arched A-Arms   Arched A-Arms EmptyFri Aug 22, 2014 9:52 am

I've got several rides on my Highlifter arms and bars without any issues at all. Kevin (Sniper) is a dealer and can have them drop shipped plus he sells them at dealer cost. They are very high quality and look good too. I know other folks will chime in about the other brands, honestly I think they are all good except for maybe the Super ATV stuff.

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PostSubject: Re: Arched A-Arms   Arched A-Arms EmptyFri Aug 22, 2014 11:11 am

I've had back woods armor forward arched arms on my XP4 900 pretty much since I got it. I have zero complaints. My trailing arms and lower radius rods are Zbroz. At the time Zbroz did not make arched A arms. I don't think you could go wrong with any of the companies you listed. If I was buying a set today I'd probably still go with back woods armor just for the fact they are well made and 225 bucks cheaper then Zbroz.
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PostSubject: Re: Arched A-Arms   Arched A-Arms EmptyFri Aug 22, 2014 9:30 pm

I had Backwoods and loved them. Best mod I did on my Ranger.
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PostSubject: Re: Arched A-Arms   Arched A-Arms EmptyFri Aug 22, 2014 10:41 pm

Backwoods armor here also. On some of the early ones aftermarket axles would rub the arms. If money wasn't an issue I'd buy the special carriers with hiem joints. Also check out garage products bushings, I think they may be a little better than super Dave's. I found epi heavy duty ball joints for $19 a piece and they have tons of good reviews.

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PostSubject: Re: Arched A-Arms   Arched A-Arms EmptyFri Aug 22, 2014 11:40 pm

STR8RZR wrote:
Backwoods armor here also. On some of the early ones aftermarket axles would rub the arms. If money wasn't an issue I'd buy the special carriers with hiem joints. Also check out garage products bushings, I think they may be a little better than super Dave's. I found epi heavy duty ball joints for $19 a piece and they have tons of good reviews.

Im with this guy Special Carriers seems to have the best engineering and quality. I bought a set of ORB (nice people) but the quality fit and finish just wasnt their, I sent them back,
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PostSubject: Re: Arched A-Arms   Arched A-Arms EmptySat Aug 23, 2014 2:10 am

STR8RZR wrote:
Backwoods armor here also. On some of the early ones aftermarket axles would rub the arms. If money wasn't an issue I'd buy the special carriers with hiem joints. Also check out garage products bushings, I think they may be a little better than super Dave's. I found epi heavy duty ball joints for $19 a piece and they have tons of good reviews.

Where did you find EPI balljoints that cheap. Ive had very good luck with them for there price. I was paying $34 for them.
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PostSubject: Re: Arched A-Arms   Arched A-Arms EmptySat Aug 23, 2014 6:50 am

edge22 wrote:
STR8RZR wrote:
Backwoods armor here also. On some of the early ones aftermarket axles would rub the arms. If money wasn't an issue I'd buy the special carriers with hiem joints. Also check out garage products bushings, I think they may be a little better than super Dave's. I found epi heavy duty ball joints for $19 a piece and they have tons of good reviews.

Im with this guy Special Carriers seems to have the best engineering and quality. I bought a set of ORB (nice people) but the quality fit and finish just wasnt their, I sent them back,

I've told Justin he needs to spend a few more minutes cleaning/deburing them before sending them to powder coat  beat  What fit problems did you have? Mine fit fine and have worked well and he's making them now with heim joints. I will be swapping my ball joint arms out for the heim joint version shortly. I quizzed him big time on them about max droop angle and kingpin design. He sent me pictures and the design for the kingpin setup looks really good.
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PostSubject: Re: Arched A-Arms   Arched A-Arms EmptySat Aug 23, 2014 9:20 am

RZR_Joe wrote:
edge22 wrote:
STR8RZR wrote:
Backwoods armor here also. On some of the early ones aftermarket axles would rub the arms. If money wasn't an issue I'd buy the special carriers with hiem joints. Also check out garage products bushings, I think they may be a little better than super Dave's. I found epi heavy duty ball joints for $19 a piece and they have tons of good reviews.

Im with this guy Special Carriers seems to have the best engineering and quality. I bought a set of ORB (nice people) but the quality fit and finish just wasnt their, I sent them back,

I've told Justin he needs to spend a few more minutes cleaning/deburing them before sending them to powder coat  beat  What fit problems did you have? Mine fit fine and have worked well and he's making them now with heim joints. I will be swapping my ball joint arms out for the heim joint version shortly. I quizzed him big time on them about max droop angle and kingpin design. He sent me pictures and the design for the kingpin setup looks really good.

Well since you aske lol. Yes the welds looked terrible but I am sure they had good penetration. My biggest problem was the tubing they use for the bushings it had a seam inside that was 1/16, yes you could just hammer your bushings in but what that seam does is makes a pressure point for wear on your bushing. So I thought ok I will just grind the seam out and fix this well that wouldnt work because the tubing ID is too big and then your bushings just fall in.
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PostSubject: Re: Arched A-Arms   Arched A-Arms EmptySat Aug 23, 2014 10:38 am

Has anybody used the Special Carriers trailing arms and radius rods?
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PostSubject: Re: Arched A-Arms   Arched A-Arms EmptySat Aug 23, 2014 11:52 am

edge22 wrote:
RZR_Joe wrote:
edge22 wrote:
STR8RZR wrote:
Backwoods armor here also. On some of the early ones aftermarket axles would rub the arms. If money wasn't an issue I'd buy the special carriers with hiem joints. Also check out garage products bushings, I think they may be a little better than super Dave's. I found epi heavy duty ball joints for $19 a piece and they have tons of good reviews.

Im with this guy Special Carriers seems to have the best engineering and quality. I bought a set of ORB (nice people) but the quality fit and finish just wasnt their, I sent them back,

I've told Justin he needs to spend a few more minutes cleaning/deburing them before sending them to powder coat  beat  What fit problems did you have? Mine fit fine and have worked well and he's making them now with heim joints. I will be swapping my ball joint arms out for the heim joint version shortly. I quizzed him big time on them about max droop angle and kingpin design. He sent me pictures and the design for the kingpin setup looks really good.

Well since you aske lol. Yes the welds looked terrible but I am sure they had good penetration. My biggest problem was the tubing they use for the bushings it had a seam inside that was 1/16, yes you could just hammer your bushings in but what that seam does is makes a pressure point for wear on your bushing. So I thought ok I will just grind the seam out and fix this well that wouldnt work because the tubing ID is too big and then your bushings just fall in.
 

Yes, they did have a small seem which would eat up the bushings if not removed. I ground them out easy (should not have had to) and my bushing were a perfect fit. The bushings were very snug and I had to press them in with clamps. Agreed though, they need better QC on their finished product.
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PostSubject: Re: Arched A-Arms   Arched A-Arms EmptySat Aug 23, 2014 1:13 pm

Raccer wrote:
Has anybody used the Special Carriers trailing arms and radius rods?

Several people on rzr forum are running them and seem to like them. I may be getting tud of my highlifter trailing arms if ur interested. I think the special carriers are almost identical to the highlifters. Except for the single tube design special carriers makes.

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PostSubject: Re: Arched A-Arms   Arched A-Arms EmptySat Aug 23, 2014 1:56 pm

I have all Special Carriers suspension on mine.  Very heavy duty and the fit and finish are amazing.  Front arched a-arms are all heim.

Arched A-Arms 14451728383_8ff85fb178_hIMG_0621[1] by chadboehne, on Flickr

Arched A-Arms 14430228452_d35912947d_hIMG_0616[1] by chadboehne, on Flickr

And Rears:

Arched A-Arms 14408425826_7f34001a07_hIMG_0623[1] by chadboehne, on Flickr
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PostSubject: Re: Arched A-Arms   Arched A-Arms EmptySat Aug 23, 2014 1:58 pm

Here's a picture of their weld quality. This is on their trailing arms.

Arched A-Arms 13648376493_a53e087244_hIMG_0460[1] by chadboehne, on Flickr

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PostSubject: Re: Arched A-Arms   Arched A-Arms EmptySat Aug 23, 2014 8:27 pm

Hey guys. This is Clint with Special Carriers mfg. We only make the single tube design trailing arm right now. The "Fat Daddy". It is a great arm and we have defenitely done our homework and trials on all our products. I appreciate all the kind words from Chad.
If anyone is interested or would simply just like to talk about parts please don't hesitate to give me a call. I am more than happy to set and talk for a bit, Probably would give me a break from welding,lol. Clint 270 978 6450
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