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Having issues with my front axles. I keep breaking the left front axle. Running 28x10x14 tires, 2'' foward Backwoods Armor A Arms and 2 in lift. Broke my third axle yesterday palyin in some mud. Just not sure what else to look at or do. Is the next thing I install wheel stops? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
 

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Having issues with my front axles. I keep breaking the left front axle. Running 28x10x14 tires, 2'' foward Backwoods Armor A Arms and 2 in lift. Broke my third axle yesterday palyin in some mud. Just not sure what else to look at or do. Is the next thing I install wheel stops? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
What brand are you replacing them with?
Did the break happen while you were in reverse?
Do the BA Arms have the 2 inch lift built into the shock brackets or do you have the 2 inch bracket lift and the 2 inch lift built into the A arms for a total of 4 inches?
 

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My dealer has been replacing them with the epi axles under warranty and no I wasn't in reverse. The BA Arms are just the standard foward 2 in no lift. I only did the lift because after I put the arms on tires started rubbing front brush guard.
 

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That is very weird. All breaking in same place? Which cv joint, outer, inner?
 

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Breaking the left outer cage everytime. Just got my Rhino axles in and installed last night and was checking them before I put wheels back on with suspension fully ext. and no axle bind but when I go all the way left or right I cant even spin a hub.
 

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May look into limit straps instead of steering stops if you don't want to lose turning radius. I run them and recommend them. I run 16" ones and they are perfect on my 800, not sure the length you would need on the 900. There is a link to the cheapest ones I found in my signature, they are good quality and come in pairs.
 

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Steering stops will be much more beneficial than straps....if you want to test it , jack up your machine, un hook your shock, hold the a-arm perfectly level, then turn you wheel to full left or right, spin the tire and see if it still binds...

Having said that, I run straps and stops :)
 

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Ok how are u guys sizing limiting straps. At rest I measured 16". On jack it was 18" and axle binds. So I'm thinking I need 16" which are a common length but will that seems like it will give me no drop and affect ride. Also are they measured hole to hole on strap length? Thanks.
 

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The ones I have on my 800 are 16". You have to get them shorter than what the shock extends or they are useless. Remember that limit straps will stretch a little also. The ones in my sig are high quality and cheap so you will not be out much if you just wanted to try them.


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Ok I will check them out. I was thinking I would order some that are 17" but they are hard to find. Maybe the 16" would work if they stretch some. I'm at 18" at full drop. Is 2" of drop about all you have on yours? Also can you feel them when your riding? Also if u got 16" straps what is your measurement when your stopped and tires on ground if u know?
 

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My straps have almost no slack in them sitting still and no one is sitting in it. No I cannot feel them or at least I feel no ill effects from them.


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Yes, Measured eye to eye

If you bind at 18" then definitely dont go longer than 16" as they will stretch to at least 17" if not a little bit more

I'd stay away from cheap 2 layer straps, they will stretch more, i'd suggest a good quality 4 layer strap....full stitch...

It doesnt matter that you only have 2" of droop, if you bind at 18" you need to stop the droop before 18"....

You can feel the strap catch occasionally but it really matters how aggressively you get the tire off the ground....you won't know they are there with normal trail riding...

The measurement when stopped will be the same with or without straps...
 

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Great sounds like I need the 16". Also I have shovks turned up one notch so if 16 a little short that will help. I pretty normal trail ride and don't plan to get tires of the ground much but like u said they pretty cheap and I already have the steering stops.
 

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Ordered the 16" straps
 

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Ordered the 16" straps
Did you order the cheap 2 layer strap or did you go with a 4 layer to reduce stretch?... If you went with the 2 layer strap you should expect about 1.5" of stretch when they are new and probably pushing 2" after they are worn in a little...that will out you right back to 18" and binding...
 

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The ones in my sig are cheap only in price. They are very high quality and if they have stretched much I can't tell it. I was worried about the quality and the stretching before I got mine too but once I saw how heavy duty and well made they were I fell much better. Now after a good way miles of use I have no worries and can recommend them.


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Got the ones Expat has for now. Ganna give those a shot.
 
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