INSTALLING WIDER A-ARMS
Alba Racing’s adjustable A-arm kit comes with top and bottom arms that add 4 inches of width altogether, new ball
joints and tie-rods. Buying longer front brake lines is a good
choice if your ATV requires them. The A-arms are made from
.120-wall, 4130 chromoly tubing with a gull-wing shape that
provides better clearance. They also have a lifetime warranty.
(Don’t toss out your stock hardware)
STEP 1: You can work on both sides at once, but focusing on one side at a time might be easier. Take off the front
wheels and set them out of the way.
STEP 2: There is no need to remove the tie-rod ends
from the spindle or steering stem. Loosen the lock nuts on
the tie-rod and spin the tie-rod until it is disconnected from
both tie-rod ends. You might need the stock tie-rod nuts for
the new rods.
STEP 3: Taking off the brake calipers from the spindle
can be helpful to do the job. If you removed them, rest
them on something so the brake lines aren’t stressed from
hanging freely, or zip-tie them to your frame. Remove the
cotter pins from the stock ball joints that run through the
castle nuts and ball-joint shafts. A flat-blade screwdriver
and needle-nose pliers are useful to remove them.
STEP 4: Then remove the castle nuts from the ball joints.
The spindle rotates freely on the A-arms since the tie-rod
is removed. You can take a piece of wood or a wooden
hammer handle and rest it between the stock A-arm and
spindle to keep it from moving depending on the direction
you have to turn your wrench to remove the castle nuts.
STEP 5: A pickle fork is the easiest tool to use to remove
the ball joints. This tool can cause damage to the stock ball
joints and make them unable to use if you ever want to
put the stock A-arms back on. Slide the forks between the
ball joint and spindle, and use a hammer to pound on the
back end of the pickle fork. The ball joints should pop loose