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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 02-14-2017, 04:46 AM Thread Starter
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So I'm still stuck on what I'm going to do for a arms. I'm definitely going with the houser +.5 xc style arms from immortal atv. What I can't decide on is whether or not I want the long travel, or standard travel. Long travel is quite a bit more but if the benefiting factors overcome the money I don't mind. Can any of you guys give some input? I really ride woods and powerlines, looking to do some xc racing this season as well.
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If you plan on buying shocks by the long travel. I would recommend Lonestar over the Houser's.


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I've done a lot of reading and from what I understand lt arms don't permit much if any more wheel travel than standard travel arms. The longer shock allows for a l9nfer shaft length enabling more internal adjustment and a more plush ride. But for the cost difference I'm having troubles justifying the extra dough
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You can go from 9.8 inches oem travel to 10.5 to 11 inches of front travel....You're gaining 1-1.5 inches of travel....That makes a difference! In addition, this extra travel allows for better leverage ratios, more shock oil for less fade, etc.....


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Call KB Motorsports you will be shocked at the excellent price he will give you!
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Hmm, I should probably see if I can ride a bike with a similar lt setup then. Man, this is probably one of the hardest decisions yet. I wonder if I'd be getting that from the lt housers. Thanks for the input killroy
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I had the Houser's and if I could go back and do it again I probably would go Lonestar......LOL...However, this time I went with Walsh...LOL


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LT with out a doubt.
It's all about the wheels staying on the ground.
You'd be surprised at how high you can lift the bike before it comes of the ground.
Then you'll know where that money went

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Walsh all day. Then Lonestar, then Houser. And long travel on all those.[ThumbsUp]
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I suggest LT a-arms if you're buying new shocks if you'd like to pick my brain don't hesitate to call.

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Walsh all day. Then Lonestar, then Houser. And long travel on all those.[ThumbsUp]
Why Walsh?
Why are there arms 1600 vs 900.
Is there a difference?

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They gotta make up on the loss from hooking up the pros that are winning with there product and making us want to run them lol
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Why Walsh?
Why are there arms 1600 vs 900.
Is there a difference?

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I picked them because I like the stronger captured ball joints and they look the closest to the OEM a arms. I like the zinc plated tie rods that don't scratch, and I like that you don't have to buy an additional heavy spacer plate for your Precision Stabilizer. It's easier to change the heim joints then press out the needle bearings that Houser uses even though the hiems wear out faster.....These might not mean anything to you....my personal hot list...LOL

I know the fit and finish is the best out of the 3 and they may have the best leverage ratios compared to competitors.


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I picked them because I like the stronger captured ball joints and they look the closest to the OEM a arms. I like the zinc plated tie rods that don't scratch, and I like that you don't have to buy an additional heavy spacer plate for your Precision Stabilizer. It's easier to change the heim joints then press out the needle bearings that Houser uses even though the hiems wear out faster.....These might not mean anything to you....my personal hot list...LOL

I know the fit and finish is the best out of the 3 and they may have the best leverage ratios compared to competitors.
Leverage ratio and heim joints are good

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Walsh all day. Then Lonestar, then Houser. And long travel on all those.[ThumbsUp]
Why Walsh?
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Is there a difference?

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Kilroy said it perfect.
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I'm a believer in you get what you pay for. But for my needs I don't need top notch a arms. Not looking to make a podium just make my ride a bit more comfortable. Thank you killroy for suggesting kb, seems like a very good guy to deal with. And the quote was awesome!
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I'm a believer in you get what you pay for. But for my needs I don't need top notch a arms. Not looking to make a podium just make my ride a bit more comfortable. Thank you killroy for suggesting kb, seems like a very good guy to deal with. And the quote was awesome!

He's an excellent guy to deal with...!

I would look at Lonestar very hard and they have a lifetime warranty...


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Well I succumbed..got a set of houser xc slicast arms paired with Motowoz shocks. Really looking forward to testing them out
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I'd really recommend checking kb motorsports out if you are thinking about upgrading your ride. Ken is a pleasure to deal with, thanks again killroy. Probably top 3 best customer service experiences ive had.
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Be sure not to overtighten your sli-cast units because the rear washers and soft aluminum sli-cast units will deform.


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