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Outlander/Renegade frame mods

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So.....I was looking online last night for performance mods for my Renegade 500 and happened across a couple of sites talking about frame mods for the Renegade/outlanders. One had a link to another forum where a guy was talking about bending the frame on his Renegade. Is anybody having problems with this or has anyone heard of this? I ride mine fairly hard but I really haven't had it that long. Just looking at the gade it doesn't look like it would need it. It seems like you would have to be doing something pretty extreme to have that kind of problem. What do you guys think?
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i've read of quite a few trail-riding incidents where the frame was damaged, some say under 10mph, which may be stretching the truth. personally, i only know a few guys smart enough to own a can-am, :: D so i can't say i've witnessed it first hand. that being said, i have done a pretty good amount of damage to the frames on my previous quads, so i did the frame mod. once you take a look at how thin the material used for the spar is, you can understand why they are bending, approx. 1/16". it cost less than $30 for the material, took very little time to weld it and put it in there, and the added weight only helps lower the center of gravity. this way, if i nail something really hard that would've bent the frame, it will probably bend or break an a-arm mount. with the steel inside the spar, it gives me something solid to weld it back onto, the spar it self would probably blow through if i used the right setting for the thickness of the a-arm mount. bottom line is, if you don't think you ride hard enough to do any damage, you're probably fine. i'm not taking any chances...

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i agree and i'm not trying to say that they're bad. i believe all mfrs have areas that may require modding, if you're intending to push them beyond what the mfr recommends. i'm sure alot of us, at one time or another, do things that exceed what the bikes were designed to do. i do so with the understanding that if, and when it breaks, i will repair it in a manner that will make it stronger than before i broke it. the frame mod is just preventative maintenance. i'm not saying everyone must do it. for some, skids will be adequate to prevent frame damage from riding over rocks. i don't feel they will help much with lateral impacts, though. here's 2 links with some interesting pics. first one shows a 2 up outtie that hit a stump at 30mph. i know, i know - but just look at what happened!

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repairing a bent frame on a renegade - Can-Am ATV Forum

please understand, i'm not bashing the can ams, i love my renegade and will probably purchase another can am when the time comes. all i'm saying is it's a relatively inexpensive mod, considering what might happen if one were to clip a rock, log, etc.

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common sense :seesaw: drive it like you stole it

The gade is my first "new quad" and I'll be honest, I have had problems (warranty, phew:beer"), and I have been lucky, (up until now...DOH!!!) as I ride where ever and what ever is available. I usually take my quad to work with me. After reading this post I'm looking to modding the SPAR frame and then reattach the skids, as I'm on my second frame, and don't want to make it a third. I ride hard. I won't deny it. The gade lets me go where I want, when I want. That being said, if I have to make mods to let the BEAST get me there so be it... For the few extra pounds, and the added piece of mind, it's well worth it, Can Am has delivered a TOP NOTCH:rockon: quality product, and some have taken it to the next level, that happens with everything.
i couldn't agree more! do you have any pics of the frame and/or a description of how it happened? as for the re-inforcement mod, some have used pressure treated wood, composite decking and aluminum. if you read up on the pt lumber, the wolmanizing process has chemicals that will cause steel to rust much more aggressively than it normally would. that's why special fasteners are required when using pt lumber. i feel aluminum is a bad choice because of the galvanic corrosion that happens when two dissimilar metals are in constant contact. there will be an accelerated oxidation that takes place. and composite decking won't provide the strength needed should the spar be crushed inwards. i know they are all lighter than steel, but that seems like the best way to go. i guess one could compare it to adding new tires that were 4 lbs heavier than stock... the weight increase wasn't noticeable for me, however id did the mod with very few hours on the machine.
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