If you’ve seen the term “offset A-arms” but have never quite understood what it 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.
So what are offset A-arms? What does a 1.5” offset even mean? And why would you want
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″ forward 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 inches” and “high clearance” and think, “Oh, these A-arms will give me 1.5 inches 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 actually 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 arms give more space between your vehicle and the ground than stock A-arms do. This is why you can clear debris with your high-clearance A-arms that you can’t with stock 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 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. A 1.5″ forward offset 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 minimal 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”, giving you up to a 37” tire. That’s huge for relatively minor suspension changes.
Offset A-arms pair well with GDP Portal Gear Lifts in this regard, since portals maintain your factory axle angles. A portal gear lift on top of offset A-arms opens up 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 don’t 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. We’ve made sure there is no rubbing or binding of the axle. Besides, the largest offset we offer is 2”. 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. Offset A-arms are a nice, easy way to make potentially big changes to your machine. When you’re ready, head over to the A-arm page and see what we have for your ride!