If you have made modifications to your Mahinda ROXOR such as oversize wheels and tires, ECU flash / tune, and/or regearing, you are likely exerting more stress on the front frame rail than it was intended for out of the factory. All parts are subject to wear and tear over time, but if you’re playing hard in your ROXOR, you may start to notice cracks in the frame rail, which is what happened to us on one of our ROXORs. We noticed this problem after problematic flexing and slop had already developed where our steering box met up with the frame rail.
In this article, we’ll explain what happened and how we fixed it with some custom reinforcement plates. In hindsight, it would have been far better to reinforce the frame rail before it became this fatigued, which is why we are now selling the exact same ROXOR steering box reinforcement plates we used so that you can reinforce your own frame rail. After all, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
The boss recorded a video talking through the problem and how we fixed it that you can watch through our YouTube channel below.
When Does Your ROXOR Need Steering Box Reinforcement Plates?
We noticed the fatiguing and cracking after about two years of use. Note that our ROXOR is fitted with a Diesel Freak Stage 2 Tune, 4.56 Gears, lockers, and 37″ tires, among other performance upgrades, and we also play really hard in it, so if you just have a factory ROXOR and you’re being gentle, this probably isn’t necessary.
However, most ROXOR owners outfit with various ROXOR accessories and upgrades, and so this accelerated wear and tear on the front frame rail is likely not uncommon. If you have upgrades like oversize tires, gear and axle upgrades, lockers, a tune, or you’re just really rough with your ROXOR, you should consider beefing up your frame rail before it develops cracks and fatigue. If you’re comfortable with welding, this is a cheap and easy solution that can save you a lot of time and money in the future.
You can buy the exact same ROXOR steering box reinforcement plates that we used here, and follow the video above to see exactly how we welded them on. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us through the Contact form on our website or give us a call at (406) 967-2189.