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Rhino Long Travel Kit

Long Travel Rhino - Elka Shocks, Mason Motorsports Arms, Gorilla Axles

For the DuneGuide.com Yamaha Rhino, we selected some great companies to work with on our long travel upgrade.

Long Travel Kit:

We decided on a set of +6" arms from Mason Motorsports. This is a bolt on kit that requires no modifications to your stock Rhino and results in 12" wider track (+6" each side), a 4" longer wheel base, and 14 1/2" of wheel travel.

The Mason Motorsports kit comes with fully boxed A-arms, that are made of 4130 chromoly steel with 7/8" uniballs.

Mason Motorsports - +6" Rhino Long Travel Kit
Mason Motorsports - Rhino Long Travel Arms (front)

Mason Motorsports - Rhino Long Travel Arms (rear)
Mason Motorsports - Rhino Long Travel Arms (rear)

Shocks:

For shocks, we went with a set of 46mm Elka Elite shocks from Elka Suspension. Elka just released this new shock in 2006. The 46mm Elites aren't some made over ATV shocks.  They are a new ground up design made specifically for UTVs. The bigger diameter and remote reservoirs allow more oil displacement for better control of the damping and cooler operating temperature. The Elite Series also features high and low-speed compression adjustment, providing maximum adjustability for optimal traction and control.

Yamaha Rhino - 46mm Elka Elite Front Shock
Elka Suspension - Yamaha Rhino 46mm Elite Series Shocks (front)

Elka Elite 46mm Rear Shock
Elka Suspension - Yamaha Rhino 46mm Elite Series Shocks (rear)

Axles:

Gorilla Axle makes a complete kit for +6" Rhino arms. They allow up to 40 degrees of travel. Each Axle Bar, Joint and Internal Race and Cage are made of 4340 Chromoly steel, heat treated, then cryogenically treated again to ensure their absolute strength and durability.

To top it off, the axles have a One-Year Warranty.

+6" Gorilla Axles - Yamaha Rhino Long Travel
Gorilla Axles - +6 inch Rhino Axles

Gorilla Axle for Long Travel Rhino
Gorilla Axle - Passenger Side Rear Axle

Installation:

PDS Fabrication in Murrieta, CA was building our four seat cage and bumper, so we asked it they could also install the long travel kit for us. "No problem" was the answer.  PDS has installed long travel kits for several manufacturers, so for them it is a breeze.

PDS Fabrication also built and installed the roll cage, front bumper, leg minders, light rack, rear seat mount, and front seat mounts.

The Long Travel Kit, ready to install
Rhino - Long Travel Kit Installation (Mason, Elka, Gorilla)   Rhino - Long Travel Kit Installation (Mason, Elka, Gorilla)

Here are a few pictures and instructions from the installation. This is not meant to be a complete set of instructions - just a sample of what is involved.  Please consult your long travel kit manufacturer for instructions before attempting installation.

Disassembly

  • Before jacking up the car, remove the two nuts holding the two sway-bar links to the two lower A-arms.
  • Jack up the rear of the car and support with jack stands under the frame.
  • Remove the lug nuts and wheels.

Rhino - Long Travel Kit Installation (Mason, Elka, Gorilla) Rhino-LongTravelInstall-4.jpg (39810 bytes)

  • Remove the two metal brake line retaining clamps and discard.

Rhino - Long Travel Kit Installation (Mason, Elka, Gorilla)

  • Remove the two bolts holding the caliper to the spindle and remove caliper.

Rhino - Long Travel Kit Installation (Mason, Elka, Gorilla)

  • Remove spindle nut with impact wrench.

Rhino - Long Travel Kit Installation (Mason, Elka, Gorilla)

Rhino - Long Travel Kit Installation (Mason Motorsports, Elka, Gorilla Axle)

  • Remove the cotter pins and crown nuts from the three ball joints

Rhino - Long Travel Kit Installation (Mason Motorsports, Elka, Gorilla Axle) Rhino - Long Travel Kit Installation (Mason Motorsports, Elka, Gorilla Axle)

  • Remove the lower ball joint by insert a pry bar between the spindle and the lower ball joint.  Be very careful not to damage the rubber boot.  While applying pressure with the pry bar, apply a sharp blow to the side of the A-arm next to the ball joint with a ball peen hammer.  Note:  two people will make this step much easier.
  • Repeat the above step for the upper ball joint.

Rhino - Long Travel Kit Installation (Mason Motorsports, Elka, Gorilla Axle)

  • Remove the spindle being sure to save the o-ring from around the splines.

Rhino - Long Travel Kit Installation (Mason Motorsports, Elka, Gorilla Axle)  

  • Remove the shock.

Rhino - Long Travel Kit Installation (Mason Motorsports, Elka, Gorilla Axle)  

  • Remove the spindle being sure to save the o-ring from around the splines.

Rhino - Long Travel Kit Installation (Mason Motorsports, Elka, Gorilla Axle) Rhino - Long Travel Kit Installation (Mason Motorsports, Elka, Gorilla Axle) Rhino - Long Travel Kit Installation (Mason Motorsports, Elka, Gorilla Axle)  Rhino - Long Travel Kit Installation (Mason Motorsports, Elka, Gorilla Axle)

  • Remove both upper and lower A-arms.

Rhino - Long Travel Kit Installation (Mason Motorsports, Elka, Gorilla Axle) Rhino - Long Travel Kit Installation (Mason Motorsports, Elka, Gorilla Axle)

  • Remove and discard the ball joint from the end of the steering rod.

Rhino - Long Travel Kit Installation (Mason Motorsports, Elka, Gorilla Axle)  

  • Remove the axle from the differential by first pushing it in until is stops and then pulling it out with a quick, strong motion.

Rhino - Long Travel Kit Installation (Mason Motorsports, Elka, Gorilla Axle) Rhino - Long Travel Kit Installation (Mason Motorsports, Elka, Gorilla Axle)  

  • At this point the brake line runs through the upper A-arm and must be removed.  You have two choices to do this.  If you are not planning on reusing the stock arms in the future, you can cut a small section out of the side of the A-arm to allow the brake line out.  (see Fig 8)  Your second choice is to remove the brake line from the caliper, slide the hose out of the A-arm and reattach the brake line to the caliper.  This method requires bleeding the brakes after the installation is completed.

Rhino - Long Travel Kit Installation (Mason Motorsports, Elka, Gorilla Axle)

Reassembly

  • With Gorilla axles, if needed, transfer the retaining clips from the stock inner CVs to the Gorilla CVs.
  • Note:  The front axles are not the same.  The right, passenger side, axle has a shaft that extends beyond the splines on the inner CV. 
  • Align the splines on the inner CV into the differential.  Then hold the outer CV so that the axle is at a slight angle.   Apply a sharp blow to the outer CV with a plastic mallet. (see Fig. 1)  Pull on the axle to make sure the retaining clips locked into position.

Rhino - Long Travel Kit Installation (Mason Motorsports, Elka, Gorilla Axle) Rhino - Long Travel Kit Installation (Mason Motorsports, Elka, Gorilla Axle)

  • Insert pivot sleeves into the delrine plastic pivots of the lower and upper A-arms. Note: The arms are labeled R and L for right and left. 
  • Attach the new lower A-arms the Rhino frame.
  • Attach the upper A-arm to the Rhino frame.  Note: The brake line should be on top of the upper A-arm.

Rhino - Long Travel Kit Installation (Mason Motorsports, Elka, Gorilla Axle) Rhino - Long Travel Kit Installation (Mason Motorsports, Elka, Gorilla Axle)  

  • Slide the spindle over the outer CV and attach the spindle to the upper A-arm with the supplied lock nut. 
  • Attach the lower ball joint to the lower A-arm with the stock crown nut and secure with a cotter pin.
  • Thread the steering rod extension assembly onto the stock steering rod.

Rhino - Long Travel Kit Installation (Mason Motorsports, Elka, Gorilla Axle) Rhino - Long Travel Kit Installation (Mason Motorsports, Elka, Gorilla Axle) Rhino - Long Travel Kit Installation (Mason Motorsports, Elka, Gorilla Axle)

  • Place the o-ring that you saved over the splines

Rhino - Long Travel Kit Installation (Mason Motorsports, Elka, Gorilla Axle) Rhino - Long Travel Kit Installation (Mason Motorsports, Elka, Gorilla Axle) Rhino - Long Travel Kit Installation (Mason Motorsports, Elka, Gorilla Axle) Rhino - Long Travel Kit Installation (Mason Motorsports, Elka, Gorilla Axle)

Conclusion

Since we installed the long travel setup, we have had our Rhino out to Sand Mountain, Glamis, Dumont, St. Anthony, Moab, the Rubicon Trail and on the Barrett Lake Jeep Trail. The Rhino has performed flawlessly in all these diverse conditions.

Sand Mountain   Yamaha Rhino on the Rubicon Trail   Moab - White Wash Sand Dunes  Barrett Lake Jeep Trail

Dumont Dunes   St. Anthony Sand Dunes   Geocaching near Sand Mountain


Contact Info:

  • Elka Suspension

Website: www.elkasuspension.com
Location: Quebec, Canada
Phone: (800) 557-0552

  • Mason Motorsports

Website: www.masonmotorsports.com
Location: Escondido, CA
Phone: (760) 746-9800
Email: masonmotorsports@gmail.com

  • Gorilla-Axle

Website: www.gorilla-axle.com
Location: Monroe, LA
Phone: (318) 345-8186
Email: Sales@gorilla-axle.com


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