I run the ASR tie rods and if you where to hit a tree hard enough to break the tie rod end, then you'll probably bend the a arms and do some other damage to the bike. It takes a huge impact to bend or break them.I have done a few things to my '09 to race in the OXC series in MO. The factory race package is great for harescrambles. Precision Stablizer. Chain and rotor guard to delete low-hanging stock xxc swingarm skid plate. Engine Ice is mandatory!! Dirtworks revalved and changed the spring rate on the rear shock, eliminating the kick-up I had on small logs and g-outs. Trying 3 degrees castor this weekend for tight MO tracks.
Keep an eye on the lower ball joints. I had one break last race. It was only 6 months old, with 5 races plus pratice time when it broke. Luckily I was going up a hill when it broke, so it just sort of came to a stop gradually instead of a trip over the bars. When I got it up on a stand, the other side had play in it also. Going to see if I can find stronger replacement parts next time I change them.
I have bent the tierods from hard tree hits. I am considering getting stronger ones, but I am worried that it will brake the tie-rod ends if I make the rods stronger. I would rather bend something and finish than break something and DNF. Has anyone had trouble with the rod ends after using stronger tie rods?
Overall I love this quad for harescrables. I will buy another DS xxc if I ever wear this one out.