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    Gotta be a tie rod?

    Yesterday I was jamming and passed a poo poo on his left. Problem was I had to put my left front tire through virgin tall grass, My drivers side front tire hit something HARD! so hard it knocked the steering wheel 20 degrees to the right when now going straight, It looks like its toed out but I can't see anything that is bent? My seasons first race is this coming saturday so I figure I better order up some weller tie rod ends. I just took the drivers side off hoping to see something bent tie rod wise but it seems fine.

    Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
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    A arm possibly. I bent my tie rod but it was easily diagnosed. Visible damage that is.

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    Inspect your actual frame for movement....just to be safe...
    It really don't take much..

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    Check your spindle, a-arms, frame.....the tie rod bend should be super obvious. Even check your steering rack on that side.....
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    Weller just posted a brand new setup. Perfect time to upgrade!

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    check all that 450grl said and also I have seen the steering shaft jump teeth where its connected to the rack

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    check your wheelbase on each side, might have bent a-arms back.

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    I've had a rack jump teeth and it toed it out about an inch. There should a white or pink mark that someone did with a marker on the steering shaft splines coming out of the top of the rack and another mark on the rack itself right below that. If the marks don't line up when steering wheel and tire alignment is straight that is your problem. Also it will have a bigger turn radius in one direction than the other direction.

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    bent the frame. After measuring 3/4 to 7/8th difference in wheelbase I put it up on the lift and ran a laser down the middle. The very front is pushed to the driver's left. Realigned it and gonna run it till this winter I guess and then set it up in a frame machine, bend it back and then gusset the whole thing.
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    Wow this worries me that you bent the frame so much from hitting somthing with your tire. I would have to think you would have bent a tie rod first as that should be weaker and bend/break before you bend the frame. Ive seen people talking about a frame support but i thought that was for jumping and racing not just running trails and running over rocks.

    So my 2 questions being new to the YXZ from the maverick is, How hard did you really hit it and how big was it? you said u hit it hard but like was it something you would have expected to break/bend something or maybe did you just hit it at the wrong spot. my 2nd question is do you think a frame support that someone sells would have stopped the frame from bending like this and if so what support would it be as I dont mind buying one and having it installed. Here in Michigan or trails are ran pretty fast and we have alot of banking high degree turns with rocks and cut down stumps that can be hit if not 100% careful. as I said above I would hate to hit one do 30 to 40mph and bend my frame and much rather just bend a tie rod... appreciate any information and tips on what to install.

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