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450i low ground clearance.

Discussion in 'Kymco Nation' started by Dan 1265, Jan 19, 2020.

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  1. Dan 1265

    Dan 1265 Dan SXS Nation Rookie

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    I have had my 450i for 2 hunting seasons now and I am very impressed. I tore out the rear plastic skid plate so I decided to try the different shock mounts and give it more clearance. It did but the sway bar won't clear the shock now. I have drove it around and don't really see any problem with not having the sway bar. I have a thought about how to lengthen the sway bar so I can reinstall it. I was going to cut it in the middle and add a pice of pipe to get the clearance I need then weld it. I will repost after I do this. But the shock placement gave me at least 2 inches more clearance. When I wear the stock tires out I may go a little taller and give it even
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  2. rocksalot

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    Lots of people remove the sway bar on Rangers, me included. Rides and articulates much better. I don't carry heavy loads or go fast so it isn't needed.
    You might try it a few miles and see how it does.
     
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    airshot Ken SXS Nation Expert

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    I removed my bar on my 450i last summer for the added clearance . So far no issues, from others I have spoken to, there have been no issues. By moving the shocks out and then being able to lower the spring made for a much better ride. Having the springs up tight made for a bouncy ride over the woops. I dont ride at race speeds but for the trail riding I do, I like the ride better. I gained about one and one half inches in height after softening the springs and enjoy the ride much better.
     
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    airshot Ken SXS Nation Expert

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    Forgot to add... ( I can do that at my age)..from my research you can go up to 26" tires without a problem, but going over that really effects the gearing on the 450i. We get a lot of performance out of that little engine but going bigger than 26" does really kill things. When my stockers wear out I will make the move to 26" as well.
     

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