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Hello everybody I need some help here. Trying to see what’s bent on my raptor front right a arm and I know this sounds funny but I can’t tell what the heck is bent with it! I hit small jump, came down wrong and didn’t notice it till I came back from the trip. I want to order new oem parts so I can fix it but confused on what’s tweaked wrong



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Yes of course I will shortly today! Maybe ball joint to? What are thoughts on that to!


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The ball joint is probably fine, and the A-arm's damaged/bent place is throwing off the alignment.
That, or the knuckle and/or tie rod is bent.
A straight edge and measuring tape will help you find where and what bent.
 

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Put it on blocks and pull your rear tires. Assuming your rear axle is straight, measure from each ball joint to the axle tip. Both sides should be the same for lowers, then for uppers. I would suspect they are fine, and you have a bent tie rod or a end.
 

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Put it on blocks and pull your rear tires. Assuming your rear axle is straight, measure from each ball joint to the axle tip. Both sides should be the same for lowers, then for uppers. I would suspect they are fine, and you have a bent tie rod or a end.
I will put in on blocks tomorrow! The tie rods look good a straight. Tried rocking the tire left to right no movement.


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The ball joint is probably fine, and the A-arm's damaged/bent place is throwing off the alignment.
That, or the knuckle and/or tie rod is bent.
A straight edge and measuring tape will help you find where and what bent.
Forgot to mention that the wheel has some small drag against the front break only for that tire that’s bent I’m assuming this means knuckle is tweaked ?


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Any ideas ? This is proving to be a pain. The bolts for upper and lower arms look perfect. The tie rod looks straight the ends look good. The upper and lower arms look perfect. Any ideas ? Maybe I’m missing something



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Could you lay both upper a arms flat on the ground and snap a picture? The first set of pictures it looked like one had a bow in it but is difficult to tell. Hard to diagnose over the internet.
 

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Have you held a straight edge/ruler against each side for comparison.
Is the tie rod end bent? It's hard to tell from the picture, but the flat bottom of the joint doesn't look in line with the tie rod.
Is the wheel bent?
You can swap front wheels and spin them to check.
 

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Stand the a-arms on a flat surface, back to back, and the ball joints should line up exactly.

Take the tie rods laid along side each other. They should be very close to the same length. Roll the tie rods on a flat surface and watch for wobble. Why is the nut backed off on the tie rod end in the picture?
 

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Stand the a-arms on a flat surface, back to back, and the ball joints should line up exactly.

Take the tie rods laid along side each other. They should be very close to the same length. Roll the tie rods on a flat surface and watch for wobble. Why is the nut backed off on the tie rod end in the picture?
I will try this see what I find, I just backed the nut off to just clean the threads.


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Have you held a straight edge/ruler against each side for comparison.
Is the tie rod end bent? It's hard to tell from the picture, but the flat bottom of the joint doesn't look in line with the tie rod.
Is the wheel bent?
You can swap front wheels and spin them to check.
Wheels good, straight edge everything looked straight. Going to look deeper into these tie rods


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Are you sure it's the right side(thumb throttle side) that's bent?
Not the other side?
Are the steering stops at the bottom of the steering stem even?
Could it be that the left tie rod is what's bent, and with the left front wheel straight, the right front has not quite returned to center?
 

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Are you sure it's the right side(thumb throttle side) that's bent?
Not the other side?
Are the steering stops at the bottom of the steering stem even?
Could it be that the left tie rod is what's bent, and with the left front wheel straight, the right front has not quite returned to center?
Put it back together and no it looks good to me it’s definitely the throttle slide. Top of the wheel is pushed towards the shock and the lower is pushed out.


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