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I am working on a 2003 TRX 350 ES that has a very loose "A" Arm, Lower, and busted tie rod end, inner.

I replaced the tie rod end and bought the new "A" arm. The Mounting bolts are severely worn so they will be replaced. The primary problem now is the frame mount holes are badly worn. Any fix besides replacing the frame?

I considered making a bushing/washer and trying to have it TIG welded to the frame. Welding and machine shop time could run into several hundred dollars, but it might be my only option at this point. I realize alignment could still be a problem, but there is quite a bit adjustment for TOE.

Any help is appreciated. Arctic Putter
 

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I would say that welding washers over the holes would be a lot cheaper than buying a frame. That would be the only way I know to fix it.
 

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Weld the hole shut and re-drill it to the proper size.Easy as that.
 

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Weld the hole shut and re-drill it to the proper size.Easy as that.
It would be easier to weld washers over the holes than it would be to drill holes through the weld.
 

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Either welding a washer or welding and redrilling would be the best 2 options. but if you weld a washer in make sure you weld in a heavy washer. If you take an old bolt and stick it through the hole with the washers on it tighten it to hold the washers in place then weld it. make sure the washer is zinc coated they are the golden looking ones and grind the edges. and the frame.
 

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Thanks Everyone! I sure didn't know of another way to repair this particular problem.
I started replacing the wheel bearings on a second machine and found the shock broken at the base of the main shaft. These things are pretty small diameter for what they go through and especially for the cost. $108.00!! The bushing is the right I.D., so I might try to slice a piece off and weld it to the outside of the "A" arm mount and use a longer bolt...

I raced in the So Cal desert many many moons ago and we used "Curnutt" shocks to get 8" of travel. He re-valved car shocks with a 5/8" diameter shaft. No more bent shocks from wrecks.

Thanks very much for all the great ideas.

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Your welcome.hope you get it fixed.
 
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