Question for you rockerdan.......................I'm putting oil lite bushings in my new 2015 Renegade X 1200, and when I took everything apart there is a rubber o-ring on the bolt for the REAR UPPER a-arm bolt. It's on the bolt threads right about where the washer is that goes between the rear side of the a-arm and the body. Did your sled have these?
Not sure what the purpose is other than maybe when they assembled the sled, the o-ring on the end of the bolt was to keep all the spacer/washer parts from falling of during assembly ? or ?
Just wondering how critical it is to put it back in there, and curious about why it's there.
Also, thanks for all the details & pics, - you should write instruction manuals !
BTW..............you didn't want to put the Grip n Rip brace kit on it while you had it all apart ?
Ok so if you read my post #510 about the upper A arm, REAR bolt.....sounds like this is the one you mean correct?
I would agree with you.....Mine did NOT have any extra Oring on the bolt there. Im guessing it has to do with assembly as you mentioned, and also remember this is that LONGER bolt(rearward bolt) on UPPER A arm, which has TWO washers on either side of the oil lite bushings. It seems to me, that this is because on the rearward bolt, it is against body plastics, while the forward bolt has a black metal shroud that the bushing sits against, so no need for washer on forward bolt.
I dont see any need for it, other then likely it was used to keep that washer on during assembly. Maybe going down the line, or when the worker grabs A arm, the bolts are in and this keeps washer from flopping off and not getting installed.
TRICK TO GETTING UPPER A ARM INTO PLACE WITH NEW OIL LITE BUSHINGS:
The Upper A arms can be tricky to get into place when adding the new oil-lite bushings....Hard to explain, but I set the forward part of A arm, and forward bolt barely into place, with just the tip of bolt holding it there, and A arm is on an angle and the forward bolt just slightly into its hole will hold the forward part in place....then at the rear,use the extra washer against the bushing as a shoe-horn.....it wont go in easy, this is when you POP the opposite end of A arm hard with your palm, smacking the A arm at the outer end with your palm toward back of sled, will snap that rearward bushing into its seated position, and using that extra washer as a shoe-horn works great.....once I figured this out, i did it on opposite side in one shot.
As far as the Bracing...i need to touch wood here, but I have never used these types of bracing as I am a big trail/lake mile guy....I dont venture off into where stumps are typically, and I hope i dont ever need it..lol
Edited by rockerdan, 02 December 2014 - 05:18 PM.