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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-08-2010, 11:11 AM Thread Starter
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Ball Joint problems anyone??????

Anyone with ball joint problems on there Prowlers? Please let me know what you have done to fix.

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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-08-2010, 11:28 AM
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clean out your mailbox Mike!!!!

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I just did this am, is the PM not working?

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Mike are you seeing any poticular kind of failures?



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should be working, tried to pm u last week for LT info but it wouldnt go through cuz your box was full...we should get progressively larger boxes!! I have some valuable info in mine i want to hang on to! spose i could get off my lazy arse and print them..

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should be working, tried to pm u last week for LT info but it wouldnt go through cuz your box was full...we should get progressively larger boxes!! I have some valuable info in mine i want to hang on to! spose i could get off my lazy arse and print them..

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Let me know if you have a question Split. We had a customer say his ball joint came loose while he was driveing. He has stock suspension. Anyone with this problem?

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Hey Mike,

I had a failure at over 50mph on mine while running a sandwash. Luckily, the wheel stayed somewhat in place and it just bent the hell out of my tierods before I could get stopped.

To fix it, I took a drill bit that was just slightly bigger than the OEM hole that the bolt goes through, drilled it and put in place a grade 8 caphead bolt (one size up from what was in OEM) that had threads only on the last portion and put a locknut on the back of it. That seems to hold it tighter and allows the smooth portion of the bolt to be in contact with the notched part of the balljoint stem. OEM setup has the threaded portion of the bolt in contact with the balljoint stem, which makes for a weak hold and allows the bolt threads to strip. Sorry, I don't have the machine near me right now so I can't say what size bolts I used and I've slept since then so my memory isn't so great.

Bi-Polar Race Team runs the same setup I believe. I've also talked with a few dealers that have had the same thing happen when they ran tracks on the ATVs. AC is aware of it happening and it would appear that it only happens in severe use cases such as my running high speed down 18" whoops and such.

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I think before i run it again i will have the tie rod end bolt drilled out enough so i can run a safety wire through it. Maybe drilling out the arm as well like darryl would help.

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Mike, I just got off the phone with Artic Cat rep. She says they do not have any problems with the ball joints sence 2002, she would not let me tell her that I have had the problem twice and two others I know of have also had bad wrecks because of joint pulling out. She hung up on me. At least one of the others have sold there 2009 Prowler because of front end problems. I know I don't trust mine any more. The funny thing is when you start looking around the internet there seems to be several people that have had this problem however artic cat is not going to admit it.

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