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I have dedicated the last week or so in designing and re-designing a spindle upright for the 2006 Yamaha Rhino. I want to thank all the people who helped me out with this. Many of you contributed a lot of input as far as what is needed and expected in the UTV industry. The JPEGS below are my final draft. For the most part, this upright is a fabricated part. The material used will be 100% 4130 type A. As far as specs on the spindle-it utilizes the factory geometry of the 2006 Yamaha Rhino. I stress 2006 only to cover my own butt, as I have not looked into the compatibility with future/later model Rhinos. Feel free to ask questions. Thanks again.
 

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we will have to get those frazier tested:good:
 

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When, Where, and How much??????
As far as price-I am waiting on quotes from the machinist who is making the bearing carrier and other machined parts. The timing all depends on them as well. I think I may have to try a different machine shop!

I haven't given much thought about people placing orders. I guess I can start a name list. I am having difficulty with financing this project, as I am on my own, so it may take a few weeks before the first set is finished. I will list my email address for those who are interested and want to be notified when the spindles are ready.

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-BenTerrible
 

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They look amazing!

Hope the finished product looks the same.

I doubt I will be disapointed.

Great job ben!
 

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Looks like your on the right track. But it looks like in your drawing it's plated out towards the end of the snout of the spindle. The disc brake part of the wheel hub goes over that snout, you might want to double check that.
Besides that it looks great.
 

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Looks like your on the right track. But it looks like in your drawing it's plated out towards the end of the snout of the spindle. The disc brake part of the wheel hub goes over that snout, you might want to double check that.
Besides that it looks great.
Awww! You have a good eye! I noticed my mistake at about 11:00 this morning! I am correcting it-shouldn't effect the rest of the design. I am just glad the flaw was caught before prototyping! Thanks for your input!

-BenTerrible
 

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looks good real good you need to get a set made and test them
 

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I just wanted to comment on a couple of things about these spindles. Fisrt the price debate going on about them on that other Forum. They seem to be in the price range that I expected, thats were mine were.
I had billet spindles made some time ago and poured alot of money into the R&D. It's one thing to have a CAD drawing and say it's all great. It's another thing to have it made and subject it to forces that cant be determind on a computer program.
I went thru 2 [CAD]designs before coming up with the final product. The first 2 showed thier weeknesses when they were tested. Learning from that we knew what changes had to be made.
I think the spindle looks great but, I'm not 100% sold on the steering arm. One of the two spindles that I had designed showed it's weekness that had a steering arm similar in design to these. The fact that the rhino has the steering behind the suspension puts a great deal of force on the steering arm especially when you land on the nose ,it want to rip them right off.
Also I'm suprised that they are being presold before any testing [to my knowledge] has been done on them. You might want to re-think that.
Ben, dont think I'm bangin on you.Just speaking from experience.

Here is a picture of the ones I used to make.
 

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why did you stop making them???
how much did you sell them for???
would they handel a 30 foot jump???
they look verry nice!!!
 

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why did you stop making them???
how much did you sell them for???
would they handel a 30 foot jump???
they look verry nice!!!
The suggested retail was $950 it should have been $1,300 for the pair with no bearings. At that cost there were no margins for dealers let alone for me.Thats why I stopped making them,plus other companies started making steel ones for less money. I started making them almost 2 years ago now.
They were light and strong and would be the only thing not broken on your rhino if it fell out of a C-130 at 25,000 feet.
I still have the program, so you never know.
 

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I just wanted to comment on a couple of things about these spindles. Fisrt the price debate going on about them on that other Forum. They seem to be in the price range that I expected, thats were mine were.
I had billet spindles made some time ago and poured alot of money into the R&D. It's one thing to have a CAD drawing and say it's all great. It's another thing to have it made and subject it to forces that cant be determind on a computer program.
I went thru 2 [CAD]designs before coming up with the final product. The first 2 showed thier weeknesses when they were tested. Learning from that we knew what changes had to be made.
I think the spindle looks great but, I'm not 100% sold on the steering arm. One of the two spindles that I had designed showed it's weekness that had a steering arm similar in design to these. The fact that the rhino has the steering behind the suspension puts a great deal of force on the steering arm especially when you land on the nose ,it want to rip them right off.
Also I'm suprised that they are being presold before any testing [to my knowledge] has been done on them. You might want to re-think that.
Ben, dont think I'm bangin on you.Just speaking from experience.

Here is a picture of the ones I used to make.
NICE PART!!! How come it isn't being made?
 

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It all boiled down to cost and demand. I had 10 different companys bid them and used 3 of them. All 3 almost doubled there cost once they started machining them. Plus at the time no one else was making spindles and when I did people asked why, why not...People were all nervous because they were aluminum. Have you ever seen steel landing gear on a aircraft. It was just bad timing for the market. I only made about 60 pairs and after the increase in machine work I barley made my money back.
I have a program for a sweet spindle if you know anybody who is interested, LOL.
 
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