Man you suck! I hope my front tie rods and gussets from CT Racing get here tomorrow! :crying:Update on UTV Inc. Gusset kit (Front Rear Lower Gusset) -
Well, I didn't need to buy a die grinder. I had a round file and spent about 20 minutes taking my time filing the hole into a slot. Came out well. Glad I used the file. I removed just enough metal to get the bolt to slip through the slot by hand. Finally, front gusset kit completely installed and ready for a little rough riding. Also just got my CT Racing front tie rods today so going to install them this weekend.
I will note that UTV Inc did reasonably tried to fix my issue. They sent me 3 gussets (1 of them due to fit issue which they fixed) and after I complained that the hole was still off on the latest gusset and I thought the holes are off due to a possible change made by BRP during production. They replied that they have already put the gusset kit on half a dozen 2014 Mavericks including 1 Max and had no issues installing the gussets. I can't expect them to alter their manufacturing process if they can get the gusset to fit on the newer Mavericks. They also offered to give me a discount on my next order for my troubles. Good customer service so I will continue to buy product from them.
The issue with aftermarket parts is the unit they are using for the R & D may be different from other units do to manufacturing tolerences used. For instances the frames are going down an assembly line and one person mounts and/or welds the "A" arm brackets and he does it all day. I do not know if they are using robotic welders or not however even then the actual bracket fitment will vary slightly however still be with in tolerance. An example of out of tolerance is BRP replaced the frame on my Commander because the "A" bracket's were welded in the wrong location and gave the wheel way to much camber.
That's what I'm wondering. I've drove mine pretty hard for that first service and its worked flawless. But I ordered some from ct racing to be safe.Are these gusset kits really needed? Or is it just something to make you feel warm and fuzzy inside? I've blasted my Mav 65+MPH over whoops and nothing is bent. Are people really having problems with tweaking the arm mounts?
If your very experienced, and good at tire placement, and are quick to hit the brakes when you see a large rock or tree etc, then you might be fine for years. But, it just takes one little mistake, and you have a bent frame or a arm mount sheared off. The front always takes the brunt of the hit. That's most important thing to remember. The rear is basically along for the ride.Are these gusset kits really needed? Or is it just something to make you feel warm and fuzzy inside? I've blasted my Mav 65+MPH over whoops and nothing is bent. Are people really having problems with tweaking the arm mounts?
The gusset kit increases the range of what it will take to cause severe damage. So a hit that might have bent the factory gusset will do no damage or a hit that would have tore off your factory gusset may do nothing or a slight bend that is easily repaired. It bascially increases your margin of error.But what I'm thinking is, if you really have to dart off in the woods to avoid hitting someone, or you do a whoopsie and blast a rock a little too hard whos to say that the gusset isnt going to bend as well. Its not like those gussets are 1/2" steel. And you have to remember that the gusset is only going to be as strong as what you are bolting it too. Maybe its a good thing that you bend an A-arm mount versus bending the whole frame because you just made the mount stronger then the frame.