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Alba Racing +2 Front Control Arms Installed

Couldn't make the Raptor rally this year due to a busted ankle, but I could still do the upgrades via a Snap-On roll-around chair.

Anyways, bought the Alba +2 fronts, rear Tusk extended hubs, and extended brake lines. All the front suspension looks and performs like it is factory original. So, when I did the shake down run a few weeks ago, it was easy to find the ball-joints were either toast or I toasted them.







I am still going to use the existing suspension for now, but plan to change up to a long-travel option for next season (unless something blows out). The more I read, the more it seems like an absolute to have Jocaga (Kevin) build them to suit.



To call myself out... it was about 10pm when I tool this shot, but it wasn't later until I realized that I got lazy. Despite laying everything out, I still managed to install the upper arms backwards. It took a little head-scratching to realize what I did, 'cause something didn't seem right when the arm would rub the strut.

Also, I chose to run just two spacers on the front of the arm; since most of the riding is going to be in sand. Has anyone found a different setup they like? Also, has anyone ran this way in the woods?

I was really glad to have put the rear hubs on to even the bike out.





Although the bling is nice, you can't see it very well. So, that was definitely not a factor in the purchase.


'05 Raptor 660R: DMG exhaust, K&N dual filter open box intake, Alba +2 front control arms, Alba extended brake lines, Tusk +2 extended rear hubs

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The pictures don't do it as much justice.










My camber and toe looks to be in a little to much, but should be able to get it dialed in quickly next time out. Any of you sand rats have a preference on your own camber and toe settings? I have not had to deal with any of this before since my background is on two wheels.



And, on a side note.... Thank you to all the companies and their sticker swag.... except Alba! Apparently they are above that type of marketing, LOL.


'05 Raptor 660R: DMG exhaust, K&N dual filter open box intake, Alba +2 front control arms, Alba extended brake lines, Tusk +2 extended rear hubs

'16 Raptor 700R

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Looks great!

Some companies just get it. Sticker swag is a great thing, my beer fridge has tons on there from purchases. Helps remind me of who to buy from again actually. Repeat customer no doubt!
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How is the castor adjustable?
Do you mean camber? As in, how far the tops of the tires lean in or out.
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Do you mean camber?.
Ahhh, yes. That is exactly what I meant. Sorry, posting while working.

I believe my camber may be to far in for the sand, but was curious how other sand riders may have their alignments setup. (This would be for sand tires).

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Also, I chose to run just two spacers on the front of the arm; since most of the riding is going to be in sand. Has anyone found a different setup they like? Also, has anyone ran this way in the woods?


i really havent messed with my spacers i got one in the front and one in the back. I dont even change it when i ride mx. ( i probably should)

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I also run those same rear hubs, i havent had any issues with them so far.

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I really havent messed with my spacers i got one in the front and one in the back. I dont even change it when i ride mx. ( i probably should)
I am a little skeptical on what kind of impact they really have. So, it's a little funny you've just left it in the "average" setting, but at the same time, how much labor time have you saved yourself?


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I also run those same rear hubs, i havent had any issues with them so far.
Good to hear. They are pretty stout, and seemed a lot easier and inexpensive for compensating for the front versus a new rear axle.

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I am a little skeptical on what kind of impact they really have. So, it's a little funny you've just left it in the "average" setting, but at the same time, how much labor time have you saved yourself?

I think i may play around with them some just to see how much of a difference there is. Honestly shouldnt take too long jack it up take two bolts out move the spacers and put them back in. Usually i do a pre-ride check with it jacked up anyway.


Good to hear. They are pretty stout, and seemed a lot easier and inexpensive for compensating for the front versus a new rear axle.
For the cost of a good rear axle vs the hubs and they are way better than spacers that attach to the oem hub.

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I think i may play around with them some just to see how much of a difference there is. Honestly shouldnt take too long jack it up take two bolts out move the spacers and put them back in. Usually i do a pre-ride check with it jacked up anyway.

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+1 Houser ant-vibe stem
Fasst Flexx bars
Precision Pro stabilizer
long travel yfz shocks redone by Jogca
oem rear shock redone by Jogca
GBC XC-Masters
Big Gun Exo duals
FCI intake w/box
PC5 w/ignition
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