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Anybody have any suggestions to straighten out the front frame, subframes are ok. The portion I want to focus on is the right lower front, just behind the lower A-arm. This, I think, is what is causing the difference in measurement between the right and left sides (rear wheel rim to front wheel rim). It's still very driveable and I feel very little, if any pull. The Suzuki shop will want to get a new frame out of me, I'm sure (around $2000), but I also don't want to heat the joint as this will obviously weaken it. Any ideas would be welcome.
 

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are you sure your rear axle is just not adjusted right? btw, is it a z400 that you have? do you see any stress marks or paint chips where you think it's bent? once again, if you think that you have a bent frame only becuase the distance of the wheels from the front to back on your left and right side is different, make sure that your axle is adjusted properly.
 

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my suggestion is to see if there is any companies around that make frams a arms ect and see if the will use ur quad as a test quad for the frame and u will get major discounts or maby even free stuff
 

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how did you manage to bend your frame? get an LRD aluminum one if you have to get a new one.

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I rounded a turn too fast and went down an embankment about 275 feet and despite everything the bike just had a majority of slight cosmetic bumps and bruises, but also the frame issue. The left and right sides differ by about 1 inch, is still very rideable, and can still blast off like a rocket. I LOVE THIS BEAST ON 4 WHEELS!!
 

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Was that embankment really steep? I hope it wasn't cliff steep! How did you fair? The Z held up pretty good from the sounds of it. It could have been much worse. Lonestar sells aftermarket frames, give them a call and see what they can do for you.
 

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It was pretty close to "cliff steep", probably close to the steepness of a really steep dune. I faired well, could have broken a leg, or worse, just the bruises that went along with it. If I wasn't able to get up, it would have been quite a while until someone found me - I was deep in the back woods among a series of old logging roads. Luckily my brother-in-law, who is a logger, knows a lot of the routes, but still. I think what we'll try to do in a couple of weeks is take the bike to a machinist that the family knows and see if he can work with it, again it's just a slight flaw. Looking at the bike you can't tell anything is wrong, only the trained eye could really see. Suzuki has sure outdone themselves on this piece of machinery.
 

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try going to an alignment shop and ask if they know of a place that straightens frames. i know there's one around my house.
 

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I caught the right front tire of my z under a ledge, cruising in 3rd, i never let off, and one of my wheels clipped a rock and it sent in right into the little ledge, it grabbed the wheel and the whole quad spun around on the right front, i didnt bend a thing, i was very impressed.. if this wont bend it, i would have to really screw up... if you think you have to get a new frame contact walshe, he dosent build many but what he does build are excellent frames... I would not go with the lonestar frame.. they are not a very good product.. anyone else dosent seem to be that bad of a choice.
 

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Anybody have any suggestions to straighten out the front frame, subframes are ok.  The portion I want to focus on is the right lower front, just behind the lower A-arm.  This, I think, is what is causing the difference in measurement between the right and left sides (rear wheel rim to front wheel rim).  It's still very driveable and I feel very little, if any pull.  The Suzuki shop will want to get a new frame out of me, I'm sure (around $2000), but I also don't want to heat the joint as this will obviously weaken it.  Any ideas would be welcome.[/b]
Lemme know what you find out. I just found my frame bent as well in the same spot, and no real tumbles with mine, just aggressive riding habits. I'm gonna try for warranty as well and c what happens. :cry: :evil:
 

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Mine is cracked completely through above the front shock mount along the weld. No wrecks or too aggressive riding (still healing from surgery from before I got it). Well, I got the call yesterday after an area rep checked it out and they are going to give me a new frame under warranty. It was so clean of a crack and no other damage is done to the bike. Suzuki is good about standing behind their quad.
 

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IMPRESSED!!

I am also impressed.

I was doing some tight MI trail riding (trying to keep up with all the MX bikes) and I caught a tree with my right A-arm at 3/4 throttle in 2nd. Hit the tree, threw me off, and spun around the tree. Nothing but some smashed bark on the A-arm.

Oh yeah, rolled it down a 40 ft rocky hillside at the Badlands and all it did was bend my clutch lever and added a few scratches(tore the crap out of my roost protector though).
 
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