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Well in case anyone is wondering what happens when the steering knuckle breaks At speed here it is. Roll over And crushed plastic cage held up good tho
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wow.. did some damage huh... hope everyones ok. I have heard of these spindles breaking before.. was blamed on the steering stops hitting.. but there could be other factors. like improper press fit tolerance on the ball joint.. bad foundry cast... or just plain poor engineering... cause it just doesn't look like enough material to support that ball joint.. lower a arms didn't bend though...
 

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This is the crazy part we were driving down a trail at 30-40 mph and it had a slight bank turn nothing crazy I have taken that same turn at 50. When he got in the turn the front dig down and flipped over ass end but it landed wheels down. The one time I don’t have my go pro. It was a split second incident the plastic are all messed up but the cage worked great the lights did not get broke and he did not get injured. Also the door fire extinguishers stayed lol that’s a tight fit lol. All and all it could have been way worse. They definitely need to fix this right after it happened their was a family on 50cc atvs with kids that had to be under 5. All I could think of is what if that broke when your just passing someone like that and it dug and you hit some little kid. I think grinning it is a great option but the cast steel just sheared it looks like a lawsuit waiting to happen.
 

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We were able to get the trailer to it. Then ratchet strap up the front control arm up from the top of the cage this was a time when lots of travel sucks lol. Then back it up on the trailer with the diffs locked. Deck over trailers and 4 ft doves are not the best for off road recovery missions.
 

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Glad you are ok! Does this have anything to do with the steering stops and repeated stress contact pressure?
 

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Glad you are ok! Does this have anything to do with the steering stops and repeated stress contact pressure?
I think it does. The pics are hard to tell but the knuckle snapped half way around the ball joint. It is a part failure that is going to be a issue if Kawasaki does not issue a recall. I did see that the 2021 models have had this addressed
 

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I think it does. The pics are hard to tell but the knuckle snapped half way around the ball joint. It is a part failure that is going to be a issue if Kawasaki does not issue a recall. I did see that the 2021 models have had this addressed
I think we need to start a petition to issue a recall. Although I don’t ride fast or hard, I’m more of a cruiser. I’m concerned for my safety. I’m glad y’all are ok. The issue has been talked about a lot, has anyone reached out to kawi?
 

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I think that now everyone should be mindful of it and just think that it could happen. Honestly I drive my machine like it’s a rental lol but the machine that broke is driven pretty easy that was the scary part but I did grind those ears off. I definitely would love to get some new ones and maybe the after market will come out with ones that are a lot stronger. Like any SxS they can roll and they do roll we all know this and chances are we will all do it once. Biggest advice is DO NOT PUT YOUR HANDS OUT TO STOP IT. best thing to do is pull them in to you if you let go of the wheel and be safe out their. I know after seeing that happen first hand I know that it is a problem. If I’m going to do jumps and stuff I’ll make sure no one is around just in case mine breaks. These are tuff machines and built solid other than that part. If what happened with ours helps get the ball rolling and saves someone else that is out with their family then so be it. We all need to look out for each other with any of the brands and report dangerous part failures so they can be addressed by manufacturers. We all spent 20k+ on these and should not need to worry that your going to crash doing less wot jumps then they did in the promotional video from Kawasaki
 

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I think that now everyone should be mindful of it and just think that it could happen. Honestly I drive my machine like it’s a rental lol but the machine that broke is driven pretty easy that was the scary part but I did grind those ears off. I definitely would love to get some new ones and maybe the after market will come out with ones that are a lot stronger. Like any SxS they can roll and they do roll we all know this and chances are we will all do it once. Biggest advice is DO NOT PUT YOUR HANDS OUT TO STOP IT. best thing to do is pull them in to you if you let go of the wheel and be safe out their. I know after seeing that happen first hand I know that it is a problem. If I’m going to do jumps and stuff I’ll make sure no one is around just in case mine breaks. These are tuff machines and built solid other than that part. If what happened with ours helps get the ball rolling and saves someone else that is out with their family then so be it. We all need to look out for each other with any of the brands and report dangerous part failures so they can be addressed by manufacturers. We all spent 20k+ on these and should not need to worry that your going to crash doing less wot jumps then they did in the promotional video from Kawasaki
I’m so concerned with this I sent an email to Kawasaki requesting a recall. It’s absolute BS we would have to worry about something like that. Will update when they respond.
 

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The Consumer Product Safety Commission oversees these vehicles. May be worth dropping a line to them as well. This is straight off their website:

"To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury go online to www.SaferProducts.gov or call CPSC's Hotline at 800-638-2772 or teletypewriter at 301-595-7054 for the hearing impaired. Consumers can obtain news release and recall information at www.cpsc.gov, on Twitter @USCPSC or by subscribing to CPSC's free e-mail newsletters"
Glad Kawasaki fixed the issue, but there are a lot of us without the updated components.
 

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The Consumer Product Safety Commission oversees these vehicles. May be worth dropping a line to them as well. This is straight off their website:

"To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury go online to www.SaferProducts.gov or call CPSC's Hotline at 800-638-2772 or teletypewriter at 301-595-7054 for the hearing impaired. Consumers can obtain news release and recall information at www.cpsc.gov, on Twitter @USCPSC or by subscribing to CPSC's free e-mail newsletters"
Glad Kawasaki fixed the issue, but there are a lot of us without the updated components.
I’m taking my KRX to the dealer next week, I’m going to get them to warranty them as I too have begun seeing contact on the control arms. I’m pretty good with general maintenance stuff and although the grinding the corner off the knuckle may be the fix, I feel it shouldn’t be something I have to do. Thank you for that number, if I have issues at the dealer I will call.
 

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I’m glad this is getting some traction. I think this is one of those items that is a huge safety concern for not only us but other riders on the trail. I know in Colorado they have movements that want to close our trails all over and they are closing some for “maintaining reasons” those ones have been closed for 10 years now lol. I can only imagine what the case would be if someone was hurt by one of these dangerous sxs whale they were walking or doing god knows what.
 

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I’m taking my KRX to the dealer next week, I’m going to get them to warranty them as I too have begun seeing contact on the control arms. I’m pretty good with general maintenance stuff and although the grinding the corner off the knuckle may be the fix, I feel it shouldn’t be something I have to do. Thank you for that number, if I have issues at the dealer I will call.
Let us know what your dealer says, Speedyg. After reading a couple of Kawasaki's recalls it seems they don't always wait for complaints to enact one, and one recall only took 165 reports before they issued it. Good on them for being proactive.

Hammerlane, was that your machine? I'm sure the dealership will report the issue to Kawasaki, but still wouldn't hurt doubling down with the CSPC.

Discussing it here is great, but it may not translate to action. People actually having the problem and suffering loss should definitely report since it would hold more weight.
 

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The machine is at the dealer right now we dropped it off after it happened yesterday the machine is my buddys we bought them together same day same time same packages. It all happened right in front of me and the one tile I did not have my GoPro.
 

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Also I came here first after we dropped it off just to let everyone here see what can happen. Either way we said order all the parts it needs to be fixed and fast it’s summer time.
 

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Also I came here first after we dropped it off just to let everyone here see what can happen. Either way we said order all the parts it needs to be fixed and fast it’s summer time.
You could get that covered under warranty. I got off the phone with kawi corporate today. You probably even have a law suit in your hands but that’s up to you.
 

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You could get that covered under warranty. I got off the phone with kawi corporate today. You probably even have a law suit in your hands but that’s up to you.
That is awesome news we will see what the dealer And Kawasaki says with it all. We just want the machine fixed and back out riding. I don’t know on that one even the tires are all dry rotted and cracked so that was something else that we are waiting to hear about. Still love this thing tho
 
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