If you’re the person that sees the term “offset A-arms” but never quite understood what that meant, you’re about to learn some pretty interesting stuff. An A-arm’s offset is one of the most significant features you can look for. At SuperATV, we have 0”, 1.5” and 2” offset A-arms.
But now you’re wondering: what are offset a-arms? What does what does a 1.5” offset even mean? And why would I want it? Why wouldn’t I want it? The quick answer is that there are two huge benefits to them: a longer wheelbase and the ability to run larger tires with no lift. But, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of what makes offset A-arms great.
The offset is the distance these arms move, or rake, your hubs forward (or backwards for rear A-arms) compared to stock. A 0″ offset doesn’t move the hub at all; it’s the same as stock. A 1.5″ offset means that the hubs are moved 1.5″ forward compared to stock. This makes your vehicle longer, more stable, and gives you more room for larger tires.
No. A lot of people see ‘1.5″‘ and ‘high clearance’ and think oh, these A-arms give me 1.5″ of lift. Maybe you want a lift or maybe you don’t. Either way, forward offset A-arms have nothing to do with lift. They make your vehicle longer, not wider or taller. They are called “high clearance” because we’ve designed them to have a higher profile—the bends in the A-arms give them more space between your vehicle and the ground than stock A-arms do. This is why you have the ability to clear debris your stock arms won’t with our high clearance A-arms.
There are several benefits to offset A-arms. First of all, having a 1.5″ longer machine (or 3″ longer if you get front and rear offset arms) makes your machine more stable. This stability is key to rock crawling and hill climbing. If you’re in a tricky rock garden or climbing a steep rock ledge, you’ll have a much easier time keeping your front tires down and pulling, and you’re much less likely to flip over backwards. The same goes for hill climbing. This stability lets you attack a hill with confidence so you can worry about where you’re going instead of worrying about tumbling back down to where you started.
The second major benefit of moving your hubs forward is the extra space you get for larger tires. 1.5″ forward can give as much or more space as a 1.5” lift for bigger tires. Many people opt for the offset A-arms for this reason alone. If you do install bigger tires, you’ll increase your ground clearance even more. Then you can also combine offset A-arms with a small lift to maximize tire size with minimize lift.
For example, a 3” lift kit with 1.5” offset A-arms installed on a RZR Turbo S increases your max tire size by 5 inches for up to a 37 inch tire. That’s huge for relatively minor suspension changes.
They pair well with GDP Portal Gear Lifts in this regard too since portals maintain your factory axle angles. A portal gear lift plus offset A-arms open you up to a world of possibilities when it comes to tires—and you can keep your stock axles. What’s not to love about that?
The only real downside with offset A-arms is that they reduce your turning radius slightly. And when we say slightly, we mean very slight. You may not even notice a difference.
You do not need to worry about your axles with our offset A-arms. Our veteran engineers, prototype team, and quality team go to painstaking lengths to ensure that our A-arms work with stock axles. As long as you’re not also running other suspension modifications, you’ll have no rubbing or binding of the axle. Besides, the largest offset we offer is 2 inches. You’re not turning your UTV into some kind of weird dragster all of a sudden. Your stock axles will be just fine.
And that’s really all there is to it. They’re a nice easy way to make potentially big changes to your machine. When you’re ready, head over to the A-arm page and check them out for your ride!