Find the centerline of the wheel by measuring from the ground to the axle, then make your marks on the insides of the front wheels at this height. A series of rolling hills two feet high and six feet apart. Write this dimension down. and thats on both of my p700. The best way to set the rebound on your shocks is to find a set of” whoops”. Just locking the park brake won’t do this, as it usually doesn’t affect the front wheels. Jack it up and check for loose, warn parts. First loosen the lock nuts then give each tie rod a small twist using either your hand or a wrench on the small flats. This will become more pronounced with the rider on board. This is a new sportsman 450 that I finally took out on the road today. Making more than one change at a time will just confuse you because you won’t know which change made a desired or undesired effect. Check with the service manual to see if there are any specifications for the length of the tire rods or the amount of threads that should be showing. I never noticed it before, but only have a few hours on it, so today was a surprise. Once this measurement is taken, drop the unit back on the ground and bounce the suspension to let it settle. Our structurally improved tie rods are made of heavy-duty 7/8” solid tubing and have been reinforced with extra 1/2” gussets at each bend. You will most likely need to adjust the tie rod, and take another measurement, repeating until the toe is where you need it to be. To adjust the toe-in loosen the lock nuts on the tie-rods. Again, test riding is critical. When adjusting the air pressure in Fox air shocks, always make sure that the wheels are off the ground. I loosen both ends of the tie rods and move the locking nuts out of the way. Before you alter your suspension settings, this is antoher important aspect to consider when dialing in your quad’s suspension – adjusting for proper sag. We’ve over-engineered these to make them as indestructible as possible so you can ride hard on Can-Am Maverick 6” Lift Kit without worrying about losing your steering. Evenly adjust the left and right tie-rods … 5. Place the clamps facing away from any contact with the oil pan, frame, or anything on the underside of the vehicle. This creates more drag and makes a quad slow down more quickly when the throttle is chopped. As a side note, we laid a lug wrench over the broken parts, used multiple heavy-duty zip-ties to strap it along the length of the two parts. The joints will last a life time if they are properly maintained. You should also look for any damage to the A-arms or tie-rods. The A-Arm is a very important part of your machine keeping your quad stable on the trail. Setting the Caster: Turn the tie rods with a wrench at the flats to change the toe-in. Fully Adjustable Piggyback Reservoir: The most advanced form of stock suspension is the fully adjustable piggyback shock. Example: If you have nine(9) inches of total travel you should have about three(3) inches of ride height sag, or four and half inches of ride height sag for an ATV. Then on the other side, measure from the exact same points as you did on the previous side. Keep doing this until you reach the point where you have reached YOUR personal limit of bumps or jumping safely while using all the travel in the shocks. If the quad pulls one way or the other on flat ground, there are several things you should check. I only had to adjust the right side a little. By increasing or decreasing the length of a tie-rod, you turn the tire to reach your desired measurement from the straightedge. Cross Country: 5 – 7° Cross Country: 1 – 3° You won’t believe how much variation there is in tire size. This will tell you the exact caster setting. It is easiest to do the alignment by staring out with the front wheels perfectly parallel with the rear wheels. As the rider speeds over bumps, a shock that returns too quickly may rebound right back up and smack you right in the butt, sending you right over the handle bars. Pre-load Adjustable Shocks: These shocks are usually found on entry-level sport quads as well as most sport/utility quads. Our Pledge. You may need to adjust the Heim Joints by turning one in or out more than the other to get the appropriate setting. Set your shock preload so that your ground clearance is slightly higher in the front than in the rear with the quad unweighted. With all your riding gear on plop your butt on the seat with your feet on the pegs in your normal riding position. Once they are parallel, (and the lock nuts on the tie rods are still loose), then the toe-out should be adjusted. Then tie a string to them both long enough to go a few inches past the rear of rear tire and past the front of front tire. Save Share. Make one mark in front of the axle and another behind it. This type of shock is found on the newest batch of sport quads and features compression, rebound, and threaded preload adjustments that allow a rider to completely customize the suspension ride quality of their machine. This is a good starting point. The less positive caster it has, the easier it will steer and the quicker it will turn. the bottom of the tire. Setting the camber is a much easier process. With everything in motion, all this force wants to flex the tire more upright, or reducing the amount of negative camber. Tune your Suspension. Setting the rebound at full hard slows the return of the shock to it’s normal position. He never lets an ATV leave his shop without going over some very basic setup items. 6. Note this measurement. Jump to Latest Follow 1 - 5 of 5 Posts. (It’s even ok if you allow the shocks to bottom out “slightly” as you land your largest jump). Recommended Caster: Got it? Both types work on the same principle to adjust suspension action. Doing one change at a time will allow you to get a better feel for how your suspension is responding to the changes. Ride the ATV for a short while. Now, measure the distance between wheels at the front marks and compare that to the distance between wheels at the rear marks. On one side of the vehicle, loosen the nuts on the adjusting sleeve with the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Your probably just like most people. And remember, count how many times you rotate the tie rod, then rotate the other side the same distance, so you can keep the tires going straight ahead, then take your measurements. The outer tie-rod lock nuts often have left hand threads. With the lowest prices online, cheap shipping rates and local collection options, you can make an even bigger saving. These measurements need to be exactly the same so that you know your tires are pointed the same. As the bike enters a corner, the forces tend to bend everything over, adding positive camber. But by the same token, we have ridden some very expensive machines that feel like junkers because the builder ignored basic setup fundamentals. If the quad won’t turn, increase the tire pressure, particularly in the rear. Adjust the tie rods so that this measurement is the same. This adjustment should be made according to the type of riding you plan on doing. First remove the cotter pin and castle nut off of the ball joint, then “smack” the side of the spindle right where the ball joint goes through the spindle to jar the ball joint loose. Make one mark in front of the axle and another behind it. Note also, the back wheels are further apart than the front wheels, so your straight edge won't actually touch the sides of the front wheels. G ... KawieRiders.com is the largest Kawasaki ATV owner's forum with information for the Kawasaki KFX700, Brute Force, Prairie, Bayou, Mojave, Lakota and older model Kawasaki ATV's! Controls how easy or hard it is for the shock to squeeze together when you hit bumps. Look for certain symptoms. Turn the tie rods with a wrench at the flats to change the toe-in. It looks like we’re at 56 on the backside of the tire. The following information pertains to a completely stock setup (we’re not talking about long-travel front ends, only stock setups, etc.) The general consensus is to grease these parts when its time for your oil change, but garages do not always do this. The front measurement needs to be a ¼ of an inch less than the rear measurement. How To: How I Preform A Utility ATV Front End Alignment: How To Change the Oil on a Yamaha Raptor 700, Vintage 1986 ATC250R For Sale (Still in Original Crate), 11 Things Your Spark Plugs Are Telling You. To adjust the toe-in loosen the lock nuts on the tie-rods. We’ve over-engineered these to make them as indestructible as possible so you can ride hard on Kawasaki Teryx 6” Lift Kit without worrying about losing your steering. Explore Our Forums. is set the suspension at the point where you use all the travel of the shock without bottoming out hard. Set your shock preload so that your ground clearance is slightly higher in the front than in the rear with the quad unweighted. On the front of the tire about half way up, place one end of the tape measure on the inside of the tire and take a measurement from the same point on the other tire. If there’s too much feedback in the bars, decrease the pressure in the front. In order of likelihood, check tire pressure, brake drag and suspension adjustment. Rear Suspension: To measure the free sag for the rear end, lift at the grab bar until the suspension is unloaded with the tires still touching the ground and take a measurement from the grab bar to a chosen point on the swingarm. The springs that you see on shocks, controls PRELOAD. PRELOAD: The top of the straight edge should lean inward for negative camber. Inner Tie Rod: The inner tie rod is rotated to adjust toe on most rack and pinion systems. Apply a little penetrating oil to the clamps and adjusting sleeve before loosening. Tie rod ends have an articulating metal stud that needs grease to keep your steering smooth. Never set up a quad with less clearance in front than in the rear, and by the same token, try not to have more than a half-inch of difference between the two when the quad is unloaded. Hi gundog, I've found the easiest way to adjust your tie rods was to completely remove them from the machine first. Turn the wheels straight ahead and adjust the short tie rod to straighten the handlebars. To do this, measure from the inside of one tire to a point on the chassis. Mine was the "Z" tie rods for they're 6"-8" lift and the outer side of the tie rods has threads sticking out to screw the factory tie rod end onto, and the only lasted an hour or so before both tie rods bent at the thread part, which right now renders it useless. Tie rods and tie rod ends also are manipulated during front and four-wheel alignments to adjust toe. Make sure the handlebars are straight, then make sure both tires are pointing straight forward. With the setting too hard, you will feel every little bump you hit because the shock isn’t absorbing the bumps like it should. Then repeat these same steps for the opposite side. First you want to make sure your quad is on a level surface. Now put the angle finder against the straight edge and note the reading. Inspect your A-Arm and tie rods, if one of these are bent, it will cause your ATV to wobble and the handle bars to shake quite a bit while riding. Tuning in your suspension to suit your needs will make you a much happier rider as well as a much more confident and competitive, rider. Standard Non-Adjustable Shocks: These shocks are found on smaller, more cost-efficient quads such as youth quads. Ok so I'm trying to adjust my tie rods. How To: Replacing an Axle Seal on a Yamaha Grizzly 450, Safety First: How to Check the Air Pressure in ATV Tires, Top 5 Professional ATV Racers of All Time. Photo 8 - To adjust the toe loosen the jam nuts on the tie rod shafts and with the handle bars held in place these shafts can be screwed in or out to set the toe. Huh? One note here, NOT all shocks on all ATVs have all these adjustments. Our ATV Tie Rods and Tie Rod Ends ship for free with orders over $79. Now that you’re sure the tires are the same distance apart, you need to measure for the toe in. To make your quad roll as freely as possible, both front wheels should go in the same direction. For the record, don’t really take your hands off; just feel for a pull in one direction or the other. How much negative camber you choose depends on the amount of suspension travel, and some various other factors such as the terrain you plan to ride on. The real trick here The greater the amount of positive caster, the more stable the ATV will be at speed. 2021 Polaris Ranger BIG GAME & WATERFOWL Editions, 2021 POLARIS SPORTSMAN 850 ULTIMATE TRAIL, PRODUCT EVALUATION: SUPERATV SIDE MIRRORS, SHOCK TECH: SHOCK THERAPY SPRINGS AND LIMIT STRAPS. Photo 9 - With the jam nuts tight you are ready to ride. REAR SHOCK: Adjust the tie rods so that you achieve this measurement. Softer spring-preload and compression-damping settings are best for hardpacked soil. PRELOAD ADJUSTMENT: Caster: It should touching the fron and the back of rear tire. (Make sure the straight edge is touching the same section of the ball joint threads) if the top of the straight edge leans towards the rear of your quad, you have positive caster. The joint needs to be replaced if any foreign object gets into the boot where the grease is as they will wear out extremely quick. The rule is to have 1/4 inch of toe-in. no play in the joints. Do not attempt to set up your front end on a stand of any kind. with loads of abuse and big mud tires. The farther it angles out at the bottom the greater the amount of negative camber. We want to make your next ride, your best ride. The more the shocks “pack up” the less travel they have until they have a chance to return to their normal position. If you’re concerned about flats, increase the pressure. And the problem I'm having is that I don't know how to make sure my steering wheel is actually set up straight. Just bring money. The front wheels typically are toed inward slightly. It doesn't take much to move the tire a long way, so go slow. Rest the straight edge against the outside of your front tire (making sure both wheels are pointing straight and you are touching the same part of the tire, top and bottom). Make a note of the distance. To adjust the toe on a vehicle with a typical rack and pinion system, loosen the nut on the inner tie rod about a half-inch from the outer tie rod end. You’ll have to spin the tie-rods and re-measure as you go. Leave the front rod end alone and back the rearward rod end out (3) complete revolutions. Never point a pressure washer directly at the ball joint, as it will force water and any dirt into the joints, therefore significantly shorting their life span. Then each time you ride through the whoops go through a little faster adjusting the rebound until you reach your fastest comfortable speed and the ATV is returning to its correct position without bucking you off. The space between grease dabs is the circumference. A stock front suspension’ sag does not have a signiticant effect on ride height therefore all measurements should start from the rear end. Refer to the above recommendations for how much caster to run. 560 cm x 0.10 = 56 cm). Make the adjustments to the tie rod by spinning clockwise or counter clockwise to get your correct toe measurement. We’re an inch toed in so we’re going to adjust our tie rods to get it to where our setting is at zero, a quarter, or an eighth inch toed in or whatever toe you want. But you may have to act fast as this top atv tie rods is set to become one of the most sought-after best-sellers in no time. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD . Here are a few of the secrets he shared with us. The lengths of the tie-rods are adjustable via threaded ends. I'm looking at adjusting the tie rods but I have to think something is bent, any ideas. BALANCE Our structurally improved tie rods are made of heavy-duty 7/8” solid tubing and have been reinforced with extra 1/2” gussets at each bend. Now that you’re sure the tires are the same distance apart, you need to measure for the toe in. Be sure to evenly adjust the left and right tie-rods for proper alignment. Hey guys, If anyone doesnt know, i got the ASR Tie rods and ends and im having a difficult time getting them straight. Full Forum Listing. If the quad has poor traction, decrease the tire pressure. 6. Tie Rods have nothing to do with what you are describing. One full turn on both tie rods will change the toe about 1/8th of an inch. If the front marks are farther apart than the rear marks, you are toed-out and will have instability. For more negative camber, turn the upper ball joint into the a-arm (clockwise). You can adjust the tie rod to help get it lined up. funny i still have stock tie rods in my machine. Controls how fast the shock returns to its normal position after it has been compressed. Toe: This item GOOFIT 12mm - 14mm Adjustment Tie Rod End for Go Karts Quad Buggy ATV HIAORS M12 Left & Right Tie Rod Ends for Tomberlin Crossfire 150 Baja DN150 Kinroad Runmaster Blade Sunl Roketa Dazon Go Kart Ball Joint For Go Kart 150 250 Parts The heavy duty tie rods protects the steering gear too. You can start by setting the compression at full soft. TOE-IN Then turn the adjusting sleeve with your hands or a pair of channel-lock pliers. Rest the angle finder on the edge of the straight edge. Metric measurement allows for quicker conversions from percentages to actual measured numbers. I did a trip to the blue ridge and found a rock hill section, and now the handle bars are off. Level The ATV/UTV; Secure Handle Bars; Adjust Camber; Find Your Toe-In Toe-Out Measurements; Loosen Tie Rod End Nuts; Adjust Tie Rods To Measurement; Tighten Tie Rod Nuts; Level The ATV/UTV. When you have different-size wheels in back, you are robbing horsepower as one wheel tries to cover more ground than the other. COMPRESSION ADJUSTMENT: Take the jam nut off for the time being. What worked for a 150-pound test rider at the factory probably won’t work for a 200-pounder in the dunes. Lift the rear wheels up off the ground. Preload adjustable suspensions have two types: the first generally uses five pre-determined preload settings, while the other uses a threaded lock ring mechanism. The difference between the two measurements is called the “ride height sag”. You can also dab a little grease on one knob, then roll it across the garage floor. no problems yet. There are endless tips on how to make your motor stronger, your suspension better and your chassis crisper. With the wheels off the ground, measure the distance from the top center of the rear axle to some point straight above it on the ATVs frame. You go to your local dealer, pick out your ATV, take it home and ride it. For example, to find 10% of 9 5/8” of travel, the 5/8” must be converted into a decimal value of (0.625), and then the total value must be multiplied by 0.10 (ie. Most modern quads offer a wealth of suspension adjustments. I notice some aftermarket tie rods have a lock nut on each end to advoid having to do this. Think how jealous you’re friends will be when you tell them you got your atv tie rods on AliExpress. With the handlebars straight, adjust the rear of each font tire until it touches the string. Rotate the inner tie rod. Toe-out refers to the fact that the front of the tires point out. The workshop manual just says to adjust tie-rod but does not describe how this can be done. Sand Duning: 3 – 5° Sand Duning: 2 – 4° Then, when the rider is in place, the rear end will be slightly lower than the front. REBOUND: Then up front move the jack inboard till it touches the front tire. We wrapped that in magic duct tape. You can have four tires of the proper spec and of the same make with four very different circumferences. On the front of the tire about half way up, place one end of the tape measure on the inside of the tire and take a … Rotate the inner tie rod to adjust toe. Did you know that you could and should adjust the comfort of that four wheeled beast by adjusting those shocks and thereby giving you a more comforting ride that means you will be LESS fatigued at the end of the day? Subtract the loaded suspension value (the second measurement) from the unloaded value (the first measurement); this value should again be as close to 10 percent of the total suspension travel as possible. Most quads are fairly level across the bottom when unweighted. Good. In general, sand requires stiffer settings. Take a measurement from the floor to a center point on the front of the quad’s frame (mark the point with a marker because you must use that as a point of reference for future measurements). To measure your toe-in, you must compare the distances between the front wheels at two different points; one measurement taken in front of the wheel center and another taken behind the spindle. You will need a straight edge and an angle finder (available at your local hardware store). How do you adjust tie rod ends? The A-Arms don’t typically wear out due to wear and tear over time. Usually it is the outer nuts, but in some cases it can be the inner nuts. 16mm strong tie rods made of 42CrMo4 hardened steel with spcial heavy duty tie rod ends & joints in highest quality - best product on the market! I can eyeball my steering wheel straight but it isn't quite lined up to begin with, and even then my tires are toed … The A-Arms on your ATV are what hold the shocks into place and give your wheel the ability to move up and down when riding over bumps. Once the tie rod ends lock nut is loosened up, you will be able to adjust the tie rods. Depending on the areas you ride, you might need to grease them in the future. Recommended setting for your toe-in to ¼ of an inch. Camber is the amount of degrees that the tire and wheel is tilted in or out at the top in relation to Thanks in advance. Free sag (also called static sag) is the amount of suspension travel that is used when the quad is under its own weight subtracted from the overall suspension travel. By turning the large nut at the bottom of the spring you can adjust the springs tension to suit your body weight. Before attempting a front-end measurement, be sure to lock the front brake with a zip-tie. Make sure your workspace floor is completely level. In front, you can create handling and steering problems. To achieve this, you can use your hand or a wrench to spin the tie-rods clockwise or counterclockwise to get the toe where it needs to be. Now that you’re sure the tires are the same distance apart, you need to measure for the toe in. Now, measure the distance between wheels at the front marks and compare that to the distance between wheels at the rear marks. When you take your quad for a test ride, there are a number of things you should check. As you adjust the compression on the shocks, gradually begin moving up to bigger bumps and jumps. Thereare two types of sag that need to be measured and tweaked: free sag and rider sag. Rest the straight edge against the side edge of the upper and lower ball joint threads. *On most A-arms the upper ball joint will require the jam nut on the outside and the lower ball joint will require the jam nut on the inside of the arm when properly set up. If you need more or less camber, you are going to have to remove one of the ball joints in order to adjust it. But they have been known to take a big rock and get bent out of shape or snap and crack. This is called the “unloaded measurement.” Once this measurement has been taken, put the unit back on the ground and bounce the front suspension to let it settle in. One goes on the top and one goes on the bottom just like that. Determining these measurements for the front and rear suspension require two different methods: Front Suspension: Have a friend lift the front end of the quad until the A-arms are fully extended but the tires are still in contact with the ground. TT Racing: 3 – 4° TT Racing: 1°. Among them are the handlebar position and the hands-off stability. Both the offset and the larger tires add more load to the tie-rods. You don’t need to spend a ton of time on this getting it perfect. The tie-rods link the steering stem flag to the spindles. If it hits the front of front tire first it is toe out. This is commonly overlooked and can significantly change your measurements. If there is not much angle, the wheel will turn more easily, making it quicker and easier to turn. The toe of an ATV measures the relation of the leading edge of the front tires to the back of the tires. ADJUSTING SUSPENSION: The proper level varies wildly according to tire construction and soil, so test rides are important. After you get the handlebars straight, if the toe-in is still out of spec when the tires are pointing straight ahead, then you will need to adjust the other two tie rods to get the alignment to specs. Every time you progress to larger jumps amd bumps readjust the shocks. MotoSport.com offers 15 ATV Tie Rods and Tie Rod Ends. In order to adjust toe-in and to adjust the handlebar hands-free position, make small changes at the tie-rods. You’ll have to spin the tie-rods and re-measure as you go. Setting Up Your Suspension: Now that you know the different types of suspension, figure out what kind of setup your quad is equipped with. The rebound adjustment is the setting that determines how fast the shock returns to its normal position. For this all you will need is a tape measure. This adds stability. You can easily measure your own tires by inflating them to a consistent pressure and wrapping a tape measure around the outer circumference. Loosen the clamp holding the bellows boot and make sure the boot is free (not sticking) to the inner tie rod. In order to adjust toe-in and to adjust the handlebar hands-free position, make small changes at the tie-rods. This is what you want. With the setting too soft the suspension will feel “mushy” and you feel like it’s “floating”. A leader in our industry, we know you'll be satisfied with your Tie Rods and Tie Rod Ends when you buy from us. Tighten them completely. The front measurement should be 1/4 inch less than the rear measurement. Adjust Your Tie Rod To Align Your Front Tires With Your Rear Tires. 2004 RED P700 Trail monster 2" lift kit 1.5" wheel spacers. By turning the adjusting sleeves toward the back of the vehicle, it pulls the leading edge of the tire toward the engine. Once you have your suspension set up, it’s a good idea to check your ground clearance in the front and in the rear. Never underestimate the importance of tire pressure. And remember, count how many times you rotate the tie rod, then rotate the other side the same distance, so you can keep the tires going straight ahead, then take your measurements. It looks like we’re at 56 on the backside of the tire. Adjust the tie rods so that you achieve this measurement. Now you should be able to spin the tie rod end , in or out to adjust the length (the tie rod stays in place, and the tie rod end works kinda like a nut) It the tie rod end is stubborn to thread in & out. One full turn on both tie rods will change the toe about 1/8th of an inch. If you notice any mud or rust colored water coming from the inside of the joint, you probably have a torn boot. The reason for having camber in your front end is as follows. Be sure to evenly adjust the left and right tie-rods for proper alignment. To adjust the toe-in loosen the lock nuts on the tie-rods. Prior to installing your A-arms, thread the Heim joints in all the way on the upper arms. The MOST important thing to remember is, ONLY MAKE ONE CHANGE AT A TIME! Begin to adjust the shocks to absorb the bumps without feeling mushy. With the setting at full soft, ride through the whoops at a slow pace at first. They are located between the inner and outer tie rod ends. How to check tie rods and how to verify a tie rod end is worn, Learn how to tell if your inner and outer tie rods are good or bad on your car or truck. Is when you adjust the length of the shock to match your body weight. By continuing to use this site you consent to the use of cookies on your device as described in our … JAY PARTS tie rod kit heavy duty Arctic Cat Wildcat XX Bent tie rods are now a thing ot the past! It should be checked every single ride. Now install your A-arms. Don’t worry, it sounds more technical and tough than it is. And double check your measurements and math! As the spindle is laid back, the tire has to lay over more when the front tires are turned. Then make marks on the training edge of both front tires, and measure again. To correct this you will need to turn the tie-rods’ adjuster nut in or out. Reply. A zerk fitting makes this process very simple and gives you an easy way to keep those tie rod ends in good shape. If you use metric measurements the math can almost be done in your head (ie. Don’t be afraid, we’ll walk you through it step by step. Wayne Hinson at Hinson Racing was one of the pioneers in ATV racing and was crew chief for riders like Gary Denton and Doug Gust. 5. If the upper ball joint is farther forward than the lower ball joint, it is said to have negative caster. Check with the service manual to see if there are any specifications for the length of the tire rods or the amount of threads that should be showing. MATCHED TIRES I checked the service manual and it only shows how to remove them....I have a 2010 trx420fe Do this before you run a new set so that you can return one of the tires and ask for a closer match. It’ll look just like this. Side edge of both front tires are pre-measured and stacked in sets XX bent rods! 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