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post #11 of 18 Old 05-02-2015, 07:22 AM
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Looks really good. How much does it weigh?
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post #12 of 18 Old 05-02-2015, 08:28 AM
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Think the shipping weight was about 40lbs, so i am thinking a shade less. Not really bad at all for the coverage it provides.
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Like the looks of the Strong Made bumper. What are you doing about skid plate and A-arm protectors?
I'm not planning anything yet for skid plate since we don't have rocks. Although, I might end up making a new skid plate out of UHMW sheet like someone did here on the forum. I've already dented the stock skid plate just going over fallen trees and palmettos.

As for A-arm guards, I'm a little perplexed. Some swear by them while others say they trap debris and cause a boot to fail anyway. There is a nice looking aluminum set on ebay that I have my eye on if I make a decision.

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I have had A arm guards on all my past machines (almost 20 years worth) and never had a boot get torn. No sticks ever caught any nor did mud build up ever cause an issue. Just my experience riding WV/PA woods and places like wayne Nat forest, Hatfield/McCoy - places like that.
I am going to put a set on my Pioneer as I would hate to rip one out on the trail if it preventable.
In all honestly a boot is not that bad of a repair - it is a job that look worse than it really is. I sometime rebuild older quads and have done several and it is more of a time consumer than a high skill level job in my opinion.
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I have had A arm guards on all my past machines (almost 20 years worth) and never had a boot get torn. No sticks ever caught any nor did mud build up ever cause an issue. Just my experience riding WV/PA woods and places like wayne Nat forest, Hatfield/McCoy - places like that.
I am going to put a set on my Pioneer as I would hate to rip one out on the trail if it preventable.
In all honestly a boot is not that bad of a repair - it is a job that look worse than it really is. I sometime rebuild older quads and have done several and it is more of a time consumer than a high skill level job in my opinion.

What do you think of these guards? I like the idea of aluminum over steel so you don't have to worry about rust and I'm sure aluminum is more durable than UHMW. Since I don't have any experience with cv axles in atv's period I don't really know what to look for in A-arm guards. I ride a lot of flatwoods and drive over fallen trees etc so I can't help but think I'm asking for trouble.


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The aluminum should be fine, but the umhw is actually a tougher material as it won't bend and stay bent, it sort of pops right back. It also is sort of slippery when rocks hit it, really a surprise but that "plastic" is good stuff!!!! I always has steel ones in the past but they can develop rust and the others are lighter which is an advantage. For the price the ones on EBay look pretty nice.
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Cool look how much weight did it add to the front end
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Cool look how much weight did it add to the front end
The bumper only weighs about 35 lbs so not much at all. It didn't change how it rides or steers at all.

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