Has Your ATV subframe taken some hits?
Given the punishment ATV subframes have to endure, it’s no wonder they can eventually get literally bent out of shape. Though you may get by for a while, sooner or later you will want to correct it, and the purists will hate the feeling that even the slightest thing is not right. The subframe is a critical structural component designed to hold weight. Having one out of shape by even a fraction of an inch can affect your ride, leaving you with the question of how to get your ATV back to peak performance. Especially if you’ve put a lot on money into your ATV, it makes sense to take the necessary steps to protect your investment, and, besides, you’re surely itching to get back on it. This leaves you with the question of whether to attempt a repair, or find a replacement.
Repair or Replace?
You may find as many homespun ways to repair a bent subframe out there as there are ways to skin a cat, with most of them involving obtaining some kind of leverage to bend it back. There are also specialized repair tools available, but that requires laying out more money without the security of knowing you’ll end up with a premium replacement product. The reality is that if you bend an aluminum subframe too much, there is the possibility that it will crack, or at least weaken. Aluminum also doesn't respond well to heating as a method of repair, which requires access to welding equipment in any case. Buying a replacement subframe is the only way to ensure that you have a top-notch product to keep your ATV at peak performance. New, thick-walled aluminum replacement products can provide exceptional strength while remaining lightweight.