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Old 09-21-2010, 10:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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have a foreman 450es. Frame is bent a little, enough that the steering pulls a bit. would cost a pile to take it in and get it replaced. Any chance I can do it on my own, or should I live with it and deal with the slight pull?

Any thoughts would be great! Thanks!
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Old 09-21-2010, 11:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Is it the toe-in or is the camber off on the wheels?
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Old 09-22-2010, 12:50 AM   #3 (permalink)
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How do you know the frame is bent?
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Old 09-22-2010, 10:05 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The top of the left tire tilts out some, pulls a decent amount, took it to the shop they said the frame is bent (he is going to show it to me today). They wanted $3,100 to fix it (not happening, I paid $2,800 for it). Not sure how to tell if the camber is off on the wheels... Everything is great about it except the pull. low miles/hours too. I may see if there is anyone out there who is willing to live w/ the pull and try to sell it for a decent price.

What do you guys think?
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Old 09-22-2010, 11:48 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Do you have any pictures of the spot that is bent?
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Old 09-22-2010, 01:46 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm picking it up today after lunch, I was told they would lift it so I could see where it was. I will try to get some pictures and post them this evening. Thanks for giving some thoughts.
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Old 09-22-2010, 09:18 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Results are in... The piece that is bent is actually the part of the frame that branches off to accept the left A-frame. Not sure if you can make it out in the picture or not, it is the piece where all the rust is. I posted a picture of the other side for comparison. Not terrible but enough. The guys at the shop told me they probably wouldn't even worry about it. Also said it could be heated up and straightened fairly easily but they are not allowed for liability reasons. I don't do that work myself....

What do you guys think?

I may sell it to someone who is willing to heat it up and straighten it or who is willing to live with a slight pull. If ur interested it has 996 miles, 137 miles. Think someone would pay $2,800 for it? No problems at all besides this issue...
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Old 09-22-2010, 09:26 PM   #8 (permalink)
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what year is it?
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Old 09-22-2010, 11:37 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Atv looks like its in great condition. If you cant heat it up and straighten it I would just give it a little love with a hammer. This happened to my brothers arctic cat and it didn't take an hour to fix. If you don't want to do that then I would just adjust your tie rod on that side to accommodate the slightly bent A-arm. I dont think I would sell my ATV just because of something as minor as this. Thats unless you are just itching to get a new Honda anyway.
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