Upgrading the radius arms on your Can-Am Maverick X3 can prove to be incredibly beneficial. What is a radius rod though? A radius rod, also called a radius arm, is a part of a vehicle’s suspension system that is used to control the movement of the wheels. It is fixed at the vehicle chassis to keep the wheel suspension in position and restricts wheel movement to a specific range to ensure it does not move too much in either direction. Having the ability to adjust camber and toe settings will be a huge help when it comes to how your machine handles. On top of that, having a strong enough part that can handle the abuse your Maverick X3 endures when taking on the trails is priceless.
The stock rear control arms on the X3 and X3 Max from the factory are very weak due to their hollow tube design. These can easily bend from small rocks hitting your vehicle when riding off-road and especially during hard landings in the dunes. While having a total of six arms should be strong enough, the OEM radius rods are not as good as they could be and do not offer adjustability either. The automotive aftermarket, however, offers plenty of options should your Can-Am’s radius rods fail and need to be replaced or you just want them upgraded. Vivid Racing has compiled the following five best radius arm kits for the Maverick X3 to make your search a bit easier. You can also view all of our radius rods for the Can-Am Maverick X3 right here.
1. Agency Power Adjustable Rear Radius Rod Set
The new Agency Power Adjustable Rear Radius Rod Set is a fully adjustable solution designed to take a beating and last for a long time. These radius arms are machined from solid 6061 aluminum for the ultimate strength and durability. The rods are different for the upper, middle, and lower in order to act as an exact replacement for the stock components and work optimally. The ends of the control arms are tapped to accommodate the three-piece Teflon-lined spherical rod ends. The 3/4- inch spherical rod ends have opposing threads and are locked in place using a stainless-steel jam nut.
Each rod end’s through-hole is 5/8 inches in diameter with steel spacers machined to Maverick X3 specs for a secure fit to the rear frame brace or wheel carrier. Each upper and lower radius rod features a hexagonal shape so you can easily adjust them on the fly using the proper tools. The Agency Power Adjustable Rear Radius Rods are powder coated in popular colors (silver, black, and red) and have a unique laser engraved pattern to go with your Can-Am Maverick X3 theme. The set of 6 rods is designed to work with the stock or aftermarket support brace to keep your UTV handling at its best.
- 6061 Solid Aluminum with Easy Adjustment
- Powder-Coated in Popular Colors
- High-Quality Spherical Rod Ends
- Full OEM Replacement for Perfect Fit
2. SuperATV Boxed Radius Arms 72-Inch Complete Kit
SuperATV’s Boxed Radius Arms for the Can-Am Maverick X3 boast strength, simplicity, and an easy installation. The radius rods are crafted with reinforced pivot joints, 1/8-inch heavy-duty steel plating, and internal gussets to deliver the toughness you’d want for your UTV. SuperATV designed it like an I-beam to deliver unparalleled strength that can really stand up to the elements of spirited riding. With this kit, you can be sure that the typical stress points won’t break. Even the frame mount is engineered to be as strong as possible. That means you can hit those bigger jumps, climb wilder hills, and navigate through rough rock gardens. No matter where you want to go, the SuperATV radius rods are up for the task.
These radius arms come pre-adjusted to OEM specs and include all new bushings. SuperATV did the extra work for you and adjusted the heavy-duty Heim joints to match stock specifications too. They are all ready to install right out of the box so you can get back to riding as soon as possible, and still have the camber adjustability you need if you decide to add a lift or larger tires to your machine. With all that said, these rear radius arms are designed for the decisive rider that doesn’t let off the gas for the sake of his/her UTV and wants to really enjoy the things a Maverick X3 was built for.
- Made with 1/8″ Heavy-duty steel plating
- Internal gusseting for maximum strength
- Reinforced pivot joints for added strength
- Heavy-duty 5/8 x 18 heim joints
- Heim joints pre-adjusted to factory specs
- Heavy-duty frame mount design
- Includes all-new bushings
- UV-resistant Powder Coating
- Lifetime Warranty
3. CT Race Worx 64″ High-Clearance Radius Rod Kit
Those looking for the ultimate in radius rods need not look any further. This CT Race Worx High-Clearance Radius Rod Kit is built from 7075-T6 aluminum and boasts over an inch of ground clearance. It is made from aircraft-grade aluminum, which is basically the strongest aluminum option for the sport. The ends house FK uniballs, the same series joints that the trophy trucks are running – there really is nothing better. The middle (toe) link and upper radius rod are solid 1-1/8-inch 7075-T6 aluminum. The CT Race Worx kit allows for full adjustability of camber and toe while installed sitting at ride height. The main difference between others who use 6061 aluminum and CT Worx’s 7075 aluminum is that the latter won’t stretch, bend, dent, or even scratch like the former.
What sets CT Race Worx apart from others in the industry is that this brand uses the absolute highest-quality joint on the market. The JMX series of joints from FK has achieved a tremendous amount of success over the years. These joints use a fabric-based Teflon liner known as a PTFE liner. The inner joint housing is compressed to create a preload on the ball that will stay tight roughly three times longer than a standard injected Teflon rod end, which is standard in the UTV industry. The spacers in this package are 303 stainless steel, so you can be sure that strength and corrosion are not a problem. Don’t be fooled by cheap imitations using inferior joints and inferior materials. While you may pay less upfront, the cost over the course of a year and once the cheaper joints wear out will be much more than you bargained for.
- Uses 7075 (not 6061) aluminum
- Tensile Strength – 83,000 psi
- Yield Point – 74,000 psi
- Brinell Hardness – 150
- Elongation at Break – 10%
- Shear Strength – 48,000 psi
- Strength to Weight Ratio: 196 kN-m/kg
4. Assault Industries Turret Style Radius Rod Kit
Assault Industries was born from a true passion for the off-road industry and that shows through each and every one of its products. After all, this company has been manufacturing UTV parts for more than two decades! Working with OEM customers has given Assault Industries an advantage in understanding the standards of quality for each of its products. The Assault Industries Turret Style Heavy-Duty Radius Rods for the Can-Am Maverick X3 are no exception; they are built for the off-road warrior. This package is designed and produced in California from the latest state-of-the-art machinery and only the best aircraft-grade materials to deliver a kit durable enough to withstand the elements of exploring the off-road.
With a lineup that boasts some of the best, strongest, and most innovative products available in the industry, it’s no wonder how Assault Industries made our list here. Assault Industries radius rods are machined from 6061 T6 aluminum and are hard anodized black with polished Chromoly adjustable Heim joints. This radius rod kit retains the OEM clearance of the Can-Am Maverick X3 while adding incredible strength and rigidity over the stock setup. If you are in the market for a stylish radius arms kit that will look amazing all while performing above and beyond OEM specs, look no further than the fully capable Assault Industries set!
- Triple rod configuration
- Improved strength and rigidity over OEM
- Direct bolt-on replacement
- Turret design construction
- Heavy-duty adjustable end-links
- High-grade machined billet aluminum
- Hard anodized finish
5. Madigan Motorsports Rear Radius Rods
What began as a passion for the motorsports world turned into a successful business for Thomas Madigan. He started out by building cages, long travel kits, and other suspension pieces and later evolved into building full race cars and trucks from the ground up. Madigan was eventually approached by Full Potential and moved on to work alongside them building sand cars, FIA Dakar Rally Cars, and short course cars. Today, Madigan Motorsports specializes in stock race and play UTV products that let you truly take advantage of all your machine has to offer. After all, upgrading your radius arms is a great way to gain newfound strength for a better ride as well as more clearance to take on new ventures confidently.
The Madigan Motorsports Rear Radius Rods are a great budget-friendly replacement for your Can-Am Maverick’s stock radius arms. Available in a raw or black finish, these radius rods are crafted from CNC-machined T-6061 aircraft-grade aluminum. The set also includes 4130 Chromoly steel Heim joints. These high-quality radius rods prove to be much stronger than the OEM ones to hold up to even the most intense conditions so you can enjoy your UTV to the fullest. If you are looking for radius arms that will be stronger and handle better than stock without breaking the bank, look into Madigan Motorsports. Testimonials show that these radius arms make successful builds and withstand conditions to last a very long time.
- Stock replacement radius rods
- CNC-machined T-6061 aluminum
- 4130 Chromoly steel Heim joints
- Proven to stand up to extreme conditions
- Available in raw or black finish