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post #1 of 117 (permalink) Old 01-04-2009, 12:11 PM Thread Starter
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RINCON 680 carrier / frame weakness

Has everybody noticed the flimsy way in which the front carrier is attached at the front of the lower pipe frame? Mine got bent in a very minor collision and the welds of the mounting points on the lower frame broke off. The mounting points of the carrier to the lower pipe frame are underneath the plastic grill and to each side. They are made of a very thin metal and hold captive nuts. For something that must undergo significant stress like the front carrier, one would think that heavier materials would have been incorporated. A few more ounces of steel in this area would not have been a sacrifice to performance. It seems to be a deliberately engineered weakness. All of you that ride through the woods might want to be gentle with your sissified front carrier. Try not to hit the twigs and don't strap a deer or anything heavier than a gallon of milk to the front carrier. By all means do NOT try to use it as tow point, you will definitely be sorry. Those of you that are attaching winches and snow plows to the RINCON are just plain asking for trouble. The frame is just too weak. So much for the rough looking exterior, there's a real puss underneath.
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post #2 of 117 (permalink) Old 01-04-2009, 12:31 PM
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rinked_on please post a picture of the area for us.
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post #3 of 117 (permalink) Old 01-04-2009, 12:34 PM
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Fantastic first post, welcome to the site. Now why don't you tell us what you really did to find this out as I suspect it was not a very minor collision. The rack is designed to carry a small amount of cargo not a 150 lbs deer although I know that has been done with no damage before. Any other tips you have for us.?
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take a tape measure and look at 3" I run my Rincon over 3" trees, fold them down and underneath with no issues. I plow snow with a warn plow, no issues.

You do need a GuRu or modified warn bumper and a good bash plate to do such work.

The stock Rincon is built for speed and agility, if trees pop into your path, then bumpers and bash plates are required.

The front end was built to crush if you hit something hard (Stock parts), it saves the rest of the frame from such damage like your alignment and tracking.

Bumpers and bash plates stiffen all that up, a lot.


I think 1st you need to put up a photo, take a Valium and settle down a bit, I am sure the truth is in there somewhere but your bashing aint a good way to start off on this site.

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By carrier, do you mean the front rack? Why would you want to tow off the front rack anyway? I didn't think it was designed as a tow point. As far as twigs, I'll keep that in mind next time as I am playing bulldozer driving over 2" sweetgum trees. As stated before, nice first post.

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i cant believe im ridin a "puss" machine!!!!!!!!!!!
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Hey I like riding puss ;-)
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It figures that some of you would get defensive. The fact is that this part of the frame is very weak. If it won't carry a 150 pound deer, then don't sit or yank on it. It may be designed as a crumple point, but I think that there are better ways and there are ways that would not involve over $200 to replace the junk parts with more junk. A person will have a natural tendency to attach tow ropes to the carrier, especially when stuck and submerged because it will be the easisest place to do so. Although the carrier appears strong, it is very weak so don't try anything manly with it.
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