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This is a discussion on Update on top shock brackets within the X2/X4 Suspension forums, part of the Yamaha Wolverine X2 & X4 847cc SxS category; So finally got some time to dismantle front end on the x4. Kinda disappointed in my findings and mixed feelings about the situation. I take ...

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    Update on top shock brackets

    So finally got some time to dismantle front end on the x4. Kinda disappointed in my findings and mixed feelings about the situation. I take responsibility for my own decisions but if I knew what I knew now I definitely would have made a different decision. I’m definitely no engineer but I feel the front shock bracket support is a very weak point on the machine and then you add the high lifter lift kit to it your kinda asking for disaster unless you just drive your machine on asphalt or on your front lawn. No I don’t beat on my stuff I don’t jump it . Yes I love playing in mud and trail riding witch neither should have impacted this. don’t get me wrong I love this machine and I own many Yamaha products and believe in there dependability but maybe I can save someone from this. So my option is to buy a complete frame which is $3000 then swap everything over or pay to have someone else do it I pretty much rather buy a new machine . I could have some bracing welded up to straighten and add support but I just don’t believe it’s going to solve this for future so got it all torn a part and going to see if I can have a fab shop design and come up with new brackets and supports.Name:  6C55F1FF-0ADA-453F-9610-2BD5DB229C1E_1567255949798.jpeg
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Size:  4.50 MB what I don’t understand is if you can zoom in the middle of the support above the radiator there two big holes in the support and can’t figure out why as I see they serve no purpose . You can actually grab this with both hands and twist and there is flexibility in it don’t understand why this isn’t solid.
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Size:  1.31 MB as you can see this is the opposite side of what broke to me it just doesn’t sit in great location in my opinion and with only one solid piece going side to side just makes the front portion weak at least in my eyes but what do I know. Name:  26FCCC30-6316-4612-B093-83FB13EAB17B_1567258186960.jpeg
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Size:  1.14 MB this is the side that broke now of course damage was done just trying to limp it out of the woods actually I believe at first only thing that was holding it together was the bar for the lift kit but that ended up giving out due to pressure from the shock and spring I’m sure.
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    This is pic from the top of the bracket looking down. Name:  17DA1956-6441-4107-B432-2086DFEBE5A5_1567258673140.jpeg
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Size:  1.16 MB here you can see were it broke from the frame and snapped the lift kit bar.
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    Sorry meant to put this in x4/x2 suspension

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    You don't have to be a physics science major to look at how the Highlifter kit moves the tops of the shock towers outward and thus puts a tremendous amount of force upwards vs the stock upper shock mount, which directs the force inwards. It's a really bad design.

    I think if you're going to do a lift kit that repositions the top shock mounts it ought to be at least a boxed insert that goes inside the stock bracket. Heck even if you're not doing a lift, one could clamp or weld in a piece of boxed stock in that area and beef it up substantially.
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    Well that for sure took the lift kit off my list of things to do. i was on the fence because the X2 doesn`t have many choices. Well all take chances and I feel bad for you my friend.
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    Crap! I have the highligter kit ready to install in a few days. I was under the impression that breakage was due to jumping and really hard riding, but I guess not. Thanks a lot for sharing. Do you think a person could shove a piece of square tubing along side the bracket that goes through the frame rail for extra support? I see that Massive did that even though he does not have the lift. Maybe a smaller diameter square tubing that fits in there with the lift bracket? THoughts on that idea? Sorry that you learned the hard way.
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    You guys should contact Gorilla Axle and ask them to start making their billet aluminum lift blocks that mount on the bottom shock mount. That should alleviate the weird stress angles that the highlifter kit produces. It is such a simple design but costs a little more than a cheap bracket lift. Pic of a Gen 1 Wolverine front lift block.

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    Yea probably the part that sucks the most is when I first seen the lift I had seconds thoughts when I seen it but I figured who ever made it new better then I did. I feel like someone wanted to jump on the wagon and be the first out there with the lift for the new x4. I will definitely keep you updated. If you are someone with the kit already installed I would keep a eye on it or maybe get reinforcement to support it if you don’t have it I would definitely consider waiting for other options.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MORSNO View Post
    You guys should contact Gorilla Axle and ask them to start making their billet aluminum lift blocks that mount on the bottom shock mount. That should alleviate the weird stress angles that the highlifter kit produces. It is such a simple design but costs a little more than a cheap bracket lift. Pic of a Gen 1 Wolverine front lift block.

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    I agree. This would be a fantastic option that I would definitely consider.
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    That sucks and really shouldn't be an issue any has to deal with. That said, It appears to be a very easy fix for anyone with some fab skills and a welder. It appears it could be cut off on both sides of the frame and have a piece a 1.5x3 .125 wall tube pushed through the factory piece of "channel" then welded in place. Build new mounting tabs for shocks, trying to get closer to original mounting location but lower to match the lift you currently have.
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