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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-18-2011, 06:58 PM Thread Starter
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Not really thinking of lifting my Sportsman 500 but I see lots of ATVS that have been lifted, some an amazing amount. Just curious, doesnt that affect the center of gravity a lot? Scary enought traversing a slope with stock machine. Give me your feedback.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-18-2011, 07:30 PM
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i didn't notice a difference in that way.

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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-18-2011, 07:39 PM
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How about the angle of your drive shafts it seems like it would put them on a tight one.
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-18-2011, 09:51 PM
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It does cause havoc on your drive shafts/CV joints. A lot of people seem to upgrade axles and accept the fact the CV joints will wear out quicker. A "pay to play" kind of thing. It seems to be the general consensus that you can lift it 2" without much issue, and you can can go 2" bigger on tires before needing other upgrades.

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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-19-2011, 01:01 PM
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I have the RDC 2" lift on my 2009 800 with 29.5 outlaws and have already snapped both front axles, broke the sprague cage in the front diff., destroyed the rear prop shaft, and had to weld the low gear in the transmission. My center of gravity is higher but I do have 1" spacers and offset wheels to help widen the bike and fix that some.
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As you can see in my sig, my bike has a 2" lift with 27" tires, been that way for two years. I have noticed a little difference in how the bike handles, but not a big difference!!

As far as the larger llifts go, the cv angles increase a lot. In order to cope with that, you'll have to install cv joints that will work at those angles. Also, the higher you lift a bike the more it will pull the tires in. So one way to solve this is the use of wheel spacers and offset wheels.

Some of the larger lifts also need longer axles if they have longer a arms.


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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-20-2011, 12:56 PM
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I also have a 2 inch lift all around with 14" wheels and 26" Mudd Zillas...steering is alittle harder at slow speeds turning....but on the trails you won't notice can safely go to 27" inch tires without changing your axles anything bigger without some mods and you'll be dropping some repairs into it...thats why i stayed safe...but did drop a better clutch into it..and it depends on what weight your tires are going to it won't beatup your clutch...Muddie49

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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-31-2011, 09:46 PM
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I have a 2" lift and 28" outlaws busted both rear axles, one front, sprage (cage) broke both tierods, and busted U joint on front prop shaft. Would I take the lift and tires off? Hell NO its so much funner to ride now
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i have a 6 inch gorilla lift om my 2004.5 sportsman 500,cost me $2300.00 installed(i installed it)since our shop was a gorilla lift distributer here in barrow alaska.i had to replace the a-arms and driveshafts with gorilla heavy duty a-arms and driveshafts.i have only had problems with the cv boots tearing,after about 800 miles.gorilla now offers a new boot kit that is supposed to last 10x longer and now come with lucas oil grease.i am going to see if they last 10x longer as i only have 400 miles on my new boots,i can drive right over a 5 gallon high center is off set by the wider stance and the gorilla axels have 30 degrees steeper angle than stock,and had no problems with can see my ride on this site at atv photos.i will post more photos soon.i can cross the deepest creeks and rivers now and go where all the other hunters cant go.i love my machine now.
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Post a pic of that beast!!! LOL

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