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PostSubject: Beefing up SATV high clerance radius rods   Mon Mar 03, 2014 2:20 pm

My crappy Super ATV high clearance rods bent on me climbing the Widowmaker. I was going to go ahead and replace them with some Highlifter rods but decided to wait until I also do the High clearance Trailing Arm conversion. I just bought a new house in November, so $ for the RZR is going to have to wait until next winter.
I figure there might be others on here also running these rods, so I thought I would post what I did to fix and beef mine up.
It would be a lot easier to beef them up before they bend. Mine bent at their existing bends and all across the straight section between the bends. So I took out some of the existing bends and straightened the bar with a hydraulic press. I then re-bent the existing bends with a torch and heavy hammer in a vise and used the other good bar as a template.
The rods are 1" OD, so I used 3/4" keystock for my gussets / braces. I traced out the shape of the bar on the keystock and cut it with a band saw.
I lost 3/4" of clearance, but it is worth it.

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PostSubject: Re: Beefing up SATV high clerance radius rods   Mon Mar 03, 2014 6:19 pm


That sould take care of it......  431114 

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PostSubject: Re: Beefing up SATV high clerance radius rods   Tue Mar 04, 2014 11:56 am

971386 I bet they don't bend there again, great job! looks like you had access to all the right tools which really helps too!

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PostSubject: Re: Beefing up SATV high clerance radius rods   Tue Mar 04, 2014 1:45 pm

Or just buy a pair of S3 rods and be done.
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PostSubject: Re: Beefing up SATV high clerance radius rods   Tue Mar 04, 2014 3:05 pm

I went with Highlifter
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PostSubject: Re: Beefing up SATV high clerance radius rods   Wed Mar 05, 2014 9:25 pm

Looks good now. 971386 
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PostSubject: Re: Beefing up SATV high clerance radius rods   Thu Mar 06, 2014 3:35 pm

looks good, but I don't have the tools, welding skills or desire to put that much effort into fixing a weak design.

You did a great job fixing them.

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PostSubject: Re: Beefing up SATV high clerance radius rods   Thu Mar 13, 2014 12:33 pm

Thats a good job. I've got the same thing too,so far no bends
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