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Postby 951PRERUN » Thu Jan 03, 2008 8:34 pm

So I took my rhino out to Glamis this past weekend and beat on it pretty good.

First off the steering rack seemed like it got really tight and when I looked at it the tires were way towed out but there was nothing bent or loose. I just adjusted the tie rods for a temp fix. Has any one else had any problems with the rack?

Second, on the last night there I broke a left spindle. The bottom ball joint mount broke off. I suppose it is cast but has any one tried welding on it?
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Postby 5racer » Thu Jan 03, 2008 11:18 pm

rinos are for farming race cars are for beating . :D
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Postby GMCrunner » Fri Jan 04, 2008 9:07 am

5racer wrote:rinos are for farming race cars are for beating . :D


haha so you think! :D

Yes i had a guy try to weld to the cast and it didnt turn out so well. its super hard to do and if you dont do it right the first time, you cant really fix it again. do you have long travel on it?
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Postby 951PRERUN » Fri Jan 04, 2008 10:08 am

no longtravel......

what about the rack have you had any problems?

So what is the correct way to weld the spindle
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Postby ChaseTruck754 » Fri Jan 04, 2008 10:36 am

probably like most castings - pre heat, weld with high nickel rod and post heat. There should be a ton of info online about temps, etc. when welding a casting.
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Postby NODNARB » Fri Jan 04, 2008 11:29 am

the racks are also another major weak point. Heard of them breaking a lot.
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Postby GMCrunner » Sun Jan 06, 2008 2:29 pm

ChaseTruck754 wrote:probably like most castings - pre heat, weld with high nickel rod and post heat. There should be a ton of info online about temps, etc. when welding a casting.


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As for the rack Gear One makes a basically unbreakable one but we have ran the stock rack on our rhino with no probs for a year and a half. As far as i have seen it takes alot to break them and you may have hit something just right to do it but if you want to drop the money on an upgrade the Gear One is the way to go.
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Postby RCinqMars » Sun Jan 06, 2008 2:36 pm

okay, first off....stay away from GearOne....Now, breaking steering racks is becoming a common problem, and i have had a couple customers retrofit VW buggy racks (SACO) Apparently it works great, but will require a whole new steering assembly. Not much can be said about breaking the stock spindal, only STOP BEATING YOUR STOCK RHINO lol. There are a couple companies making quality aftermarket spindals, but they are mostly for LT kits. My suggestion would be to carry spare parts and get 5points, with seats and door bars.....damn things are dangerous
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Postby GMCrunner » Sun Jan 06, 2008 8:52 pm

RCinqMars wrote:okay, first off....stay away from GearOne....Now, breaking steering racks is becoming a common problem, and i have had a couple customers retrofit VW buggy racks (SACO) Apparently it works great, but will require a whole new steering assembly. Not much can be said about breaking the stock spindal, only STOP BEATING YOUR STOCK RHINO lol. There are a couple companies making quality aftermarket spindals, but they are mostly for LT kits. My suggestion would be to carry spare parts and get 5points, with seats and door bars.....damn things are dangerous


Whats wrong with gear one????
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Postby oneupfabrication » Wed Jan 16, 2008 4:13 pm

wanna trade your broken rhino for a perfect condition honda 450 haha man i want a rhino! good luck on the fix dude..
didnt you build your cage in your truck? why not build a kit for the rhino with a 4130 spindle
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Postby 951PRERUN » Wed Jan 16, 2008 4:30 pm

I dont feel like having anything machined....4x4 adds more complication
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Postby GMCrunner » Fri Jan 18, 2008 10:02 am

HCR has a chromoly spindle out now for rhinos. we run them and they have yet to fail!
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