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Old 02-11-2019, 07:34 AM
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Default Rip n grip brace kit...worth it

I have both kits for 18 850, but STILL have not installed. I've been careful this season wven in the low snow conditions, and haven't had any issues.

Is it worth the time and effirt to install? I'm considering just selling the kit.

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It's hard to say if it's worth it or not because it's one of those things you buy that you hope you never use, like an airbag or insurance.

I have the kit on my 17. Since the install, I've hit something solid 3 or 4 times with no frame damage (knock on wood!). Did the kit save me from damage during these hits? It's hard to say, 'maybe' is the best answer I can give. However, I will say that I would rather have had the kit installed during those hits than not.

It's your call, but I'm glad I installed mine. If anything it's a good re-sale perk if I decide to sell my sled.
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Yeah, I've been using them for years, I like the way it bridges the front and rear mounting points. Is it the final solution to preventing frame damage? Surely not, but I'm of the mindset that "more is always better". The new braces are easier to install than the old ones, takes an hour or two with a well equipped shop
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The BRP engineers I assumed used FEA to determine where strength should and shouldn't be. You add a brace and make the s module stronger now the next weakest link is the E module. Not too much fun to swap out. Not sure on Gen 4 but S module on previous chassis wasnt bad at all. Personally I think the best solution is BRP to make the A Arms cast and weakest link (as poo) or aftermarket should be investigating it much more than bracing.
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The BRP engineers I assumed used FEA to determine where strength should and shouldn't be. You add a brace and make the s module stronger now the next weakest link is the E module. Not too much fun to swap out. Not sure on Gen 4 but S module on previous chassis wasnt bad at all. Personally I think the best solution is BRP to make the A Arms cast and weakest link (as poo) or aftermarket should be investigating it much more than bracing.
excellent answer and one more is when you strengthen one area it just passes a hard hit to another area, namely the tunnel.
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Going to cast arms wouldn't be bad but what they have right now (chromoly) for a-arms material is seaming to break before other things as of the 2018 updated bulkhead. Bulkhead supposed "issues" of 2017 seem to be non-existent now.

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Going to cast arms wouldn't be bad but what they have right now (chromoly) for a-arms material is seaming to break before other things as of the 2018 updated bulkhead.
Yep, I hit a rock early this season and my right upper A arm got tweaked, but I was till able to ride the rest of the day and it was pretty easy to swap out. I'm OK with cheaper easy to swap parts failing first to "protect" the more expensive hard to replace parts of the sled.

Early this season a friend of a friend hit a rock right on the nose with a polaris, he had a big tough aftermarket bumper, which hit the rock, and all the energy of the impact went directly into the bulkhead, and cracked it, totaled the sled, he was going not much faster than walking speed.
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I have the braces on my sleds and I have ruined 4 ZRP billet lower A arms. I've given up on running the ZRP A arms because it was getting a little expensive. I have what I consider only 1 hard hit which threw me from the sled and that ruined the Fox Air shock as well. I have stock lowers back on there and I am curious to see if I bend or break one of them. I'm hard on stuff
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