NEW RENEGADE BUSHINGS STILL SHUCKING

A DIRT WHEELS FAN WRITES: “I have a 2020 Can-Am Renegade 1000. I spend a lot of time on the mud and while I have kept up with the wheel bearings and brakes, I recently noticed that the lower front A-arm bushings were shucking. I was surprised that the upper A-arms seemed tight. Just the lower were shucking. So, I ordered a replacement set from Can-Am. The install was straightforward but upon re-assembly, the A-arms still shucked. I am at a loss as to what I did wrong. Can you help?” – Jack Townsend, Newport, ME

OUR PRO ANSWER: A-arm bushing replacement should be a straight forward procedure, Jack. There are several things I would ask about. Did the OEM bushings fit tight into the A-arm tubes? Did you insert the new steel pipes in the new bushings? Did you torque the retaining bolts to 45 ft-lbs? Finally, what was the condition of the frame ears that the A-arms slide into? Bent, or the holes elongated? Elongated holes can be repaired by welding them round again or reinforcing them with washers that are then welded to the frame, giving you new, round holes with added “meat” for bolt support. One final thing, the upper A-arm bushings generally are above the worst of the mud you ride through so they tend to last longer. And don’t be stingy with the grease interval! A couple squirts per fitting is all that is needed. Use a good “Marine” grade waterproof grease.

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