Racer Tech is very well known in the UTV world for pioneering the H.D. (Heavy Duty) tie rod advancements. Our designs are still unmatched and are the only HD tie rods in the world we've seen which DO NOT change your OEM steering geometry. All other kits use different designs which push the inner pivot point further out than they should be which causes bump-steer. As most people know, this is the LAST problem you want to have in any machine. Especially a small off-road car.
This kit fits all models and years of the Can Am Commander. They are made of a proven combination of Chromoly, mild steel and stainless steel for the strongest possible design you can find. Our tubes are made from 1.25" diameter 1020 DOM tubing which is substantially larger than anything else available. To match this giant size tube we use a massive 3/4" heim joint on the outside and a custom made 5/8" shank heim joint on the inner pivot side. Most competitors are only using 1/2" heim joints.
The outer bolt which attaches to the knuckle is a 12mm bolt. Some models come with 10mm holes in the knuckle and those customers will need to drill out their holes. We considered offering adapters to make this a truly bolt-on kit for everyone but decided against it for the sake of maximum strength. The Commanders are known for tearing up suspension and steering parts so the maximum amount of strength here is required. This is why we also include extra long bolts and use double nyloc nuts to ensure maximum strength and resistance to loosening while on the trail or the track.
As with ALL Racer Tech products, these tie rods are 100% MADE IN THE U.S.A. and custom lengths can be made to order.
Standard color is black.
Why Racer Tech HD Tie Rods?
Racer Tech HD Tie Rods are the only kits on the market which do not corrupt the OEM designed geometry!Our design keeps the pivot point of the inner pivot joint in the exact location as the OEM tie rod does. Look at every other tie rod kit on the market and see what we mean. They all machine their parts the easy way and push the pivot point way out of spec! This measurement is more critical than our competitors realize. As the original designers of this kit we made our chromoly clevis a specific way to keep proper geometry. Not the easy way. What does this dimension control you ask? This dimension controls the steering geometry in relationship to the suspension geometry. When the suspension cycles the steering relies on proper geometry to keep the wheels straight to each other as the arms swing about a radius which changes the angle of the spindle. If the steering geometry is not correct the tires will toe in and out in opposite directions of each other causing the steering wheel to jerk sporadically and make the vehicle try pushing and pulling in different directions. This effect is called "BUMP STEER". In the racing world this is very dangerous. In the recreational world the same rules apply! Don't trust you and your passengers safety to inferior engineering.
The inner pivot point is the most critical point of the tie rod geometry but the outer pivot location is equally important. Again, Racer Tech has always set the bar higher than competitors when it comes to this design and here's another reason why. All HD tie rod kits come with "high misalignment" spacers for the outer tie rod ends. These spacers fit in to the heim joint and reduce the size of the inner hole down the the size needed to bolt the kit up to the OEM spindle. Most kits come with identical spacers for the top and bottom side. Not Racer Tech's. We use spacers specifically designed for each model UTV which place the pivot point in the exact location needed for perfect steering geometry. On the outside of the heim joint we use a smaller spacer. It cost more to make two different parts but we don't care when it makes a better product. The shorter spacers allow us to use a shorter bolt. A shorter bolt means less leverage applied in high stress situations which increases shear resistance of the bolt. One more detail Racer Tech include in this kit! Don't trust your machines dependability on inferior engineering.