Hats off to the folks at Associated and Element for bringing a durable, narrow-track independent front suspension (IFS) to the scale market. The only problem is the wonky steering geometry with major bump steer. But fear not...our all CNC-machined aluminum N2R Steering Rack for Element Enduro IFS fixes the problem by relocating and shortening the tie rods for proper geometry. V2 now includes bump stops to prevent knuckles from binding into an oversteer position at full lock.
- 1x steering rack
- 2x bump stops
- 2x M3x12mm BHCS
- 2x M4x20mm threaded rod
- 2x pivot ball
- 2x M3 nut
- Start by removing front skid plate. Save skid and all 4 screws for reinstallation later.
- Unscrew stock steering rack from bellcranks. Save the M3x14 BHCS screws and hat bushings for installation of N2R steering rack.
- Snap the left and right tie rods (steering links) off of the ballstuds holding them to the stock steering rack. You will not need to reuse the ballstuds on the steering rack.
- Remove the tie rods from the knuckles by unscrewing the ballstud from each knuckle. Save the M3 nylock nuts for later use.
- Remove the ball studs from each bent rod end and reinstall in the opposite orientation with threaded portion of ball stud inside the "V" of the bent rod end.
- Remove both rod ends from each tie rod metal link. You will not need to reuse the original metal links.
- Insert 1 M4x20mm threaded rod into each of the straight rod ends.
- Screw one straight rod end directly into each bent rod end. Leave 1-2mm gap between rod ends with hole on straight rod ends perpendicular to holes on bent rod ends. You can adjust the toe-in/toe-out later by adjusting the spacing between rod ends.
- Insert pivot balls into straight rod ends with flanged side of pivot ball facing forward.
- Attach the straight rod end side of each tie rod to the steering rack using the included M3x12mm BHCS with the flanged side of the pivot ball facing the steering rack. Be sure to use thread lock on these screws!
- Attach steering rack to bell cranks using the stock M3x14 BHCS screws and hat bushings. To help eliminate play in the steering due to movement between the hat bushings and pass-through screws, add a small dab of thread lock or glue (CA or E6000) to the threads closest to the screw head and washer before tightening steering rack screws all the way into bell cranks. Do NOT overtighten screws when attaching the N2R steering rack to the bellcranks (overtightening can cause binding with the N2R rack).
- Slide bump stops onto steering arms on knuckles and place M3 nuts into nut pockets in bump stops.
- Attach bent rod ends to knuckles from underneath the knuckles by inserting the ball studs through the metal steering arms and pass-through holes in the bump stops. Secure ball studs using included M3 nuts (NOT locknuts). Thread lock is optional.
- Reinstall skid plate.
ReviewsLogan BeardI’ll echo the other comments in that this is a must have upgrade. If you’re not sure, put your truck on a stand with the suspension free hanging, push the lower control arms upwards and watch your tire toe in and out during travel. This mod completely eliminated that and the alignment is perfect. This should allow you to get more surface area out of your tire which will obviously improve traction. 10/10 I would recommend this mod. The instructions here aren’t super easy to follow so just find a YouTube video to follow if you need help.BC
A must have…Get this for your IFS, it will solve all your woes!! Great product as usual, no issues.Austin Keys
Awesome Upgrade!The only comment I have about this product that's negative is that it could've used a instruction manual. I know they're on the site but still for us lesser experienced RC'ers it would be nice.Chris Kimmelshue
An IFS Must Have!I'm a fan of @element_rc’s IFS setup and its steep terrain stability. However, as others have pointed out, the steering is lazy and often unsure when pushed with a serious aftermarket servo. This weakness translates into lots of tumbles and rolls as the front tires cannot change direction quickly. So, the guys at @bowhouserc claim to have fixed this, and they sell a kit, now in version two, to correct both issues. Not only that, but they improve the steering geometry to match more closely to 1:1 IFS trucks and reduce bump steer. The installation, unfortunately, is described only and not shown in photos with clarity. But, if you've wrenched on your crawler a lot and have installed the IFS system, it will be second nature. The first run on our test course proved that Bowhouse gets a thumbs up from me. My only wish is to provide an illustrated instruction guide for those unfamiliar with this IFS kit. Kudos Bowhouse RC! @offpisterc
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