Published on April 13th, 2012 | by Joe0
Lone Star Racing Axcaliber Pro Racing Axle Test
Lone Star Racing’s Axcaliber ATV racing axles have been popular among riders and racers for decades. Their benefits include improving the handling of your ATV, greater strength, and they’re backed by Lone Star’s true lifetime warranty against bending or breaking.
A while back, Lone Star Racing went back to the drawing board, designing their new Axcaliber Pro Racing Axle. The most notable change to the Pro model is its profile. The Pro axle tapers down far less, near the ends of the axle, just before where the splines start. We suspect that Lone Star did this to spread the axle’s flex over a larger area for greater strength. If you managed to bend an old Axcaliber, it was usually in the area where they increased the diameter of the new Pro axle.
Other differences include a new Hard Chrome Finish, which has a stainless steel-like appearance. Around the time of this axle’s release, Lone Star introduced their transferable Lifetime Warranty, allowing anyone who might purchase your axle in the future to transfer its warranty into their name for just $100! This should help increase the resale value of your axle.
We received an Axcaliber Pro Axle from Lone Star Racing to try for ourselves in our Kawasaki KFX450 test unit. Some Lone Star axles come with a billet sprocket hub; the model for the KFX utilizes the stock one. Additional hardware included six half-inch spacers and new castle nuts for each end. Installation was straight forward, although we had to gently tap our hubs into place with a hammer, as the axles’ splines provided a snug fit with the splines on our stock hubs, resulting in zero wobble.
The axle widens the KFX between 1.5 and 4.5 inches, which can be varied by moving the spacers inboard or outboard of the wheel hubs. We ran one spacer on the outside of each hub, setting our machine up with a 49-inch width. Woods racers can narrow the machine up additionally to fit between the trees, and motocrossers can narrow or widen the axle to increase or decrease traction when necessary. Of course, the wider your machine, the more stable it is.
We recently put a number of these axles to the test, with the Media All-stars Motocross Team, hot off winning 12 championships in the ATV Nationals. We met up with them at Bar 2 Bar MX located in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. This track features more big air than any National with four jumps over 90 feet!
We filmed these guys all day pounding through whoops and hucking big air, where they didn’t always land perfectly. Lone Star’s Axcaliber Pro Axle was impressive, suffering no bends or breaks throughout the day. As a Lone Star sponsored team, they will tell you they like the new Pro axle–– as witnesses to their riding, we believe the new Axcaliber Pro Axle to be stronger than the original.
We’ll be taking our KFX out to put some track time with our axle in the coming weeks; however, having witnessed 7 of the best amateur racers in the world beat on them for a day, we are already sold.
For $399, Lone Star Racing’s new Axcaliber Pro Racing Axle is priced in line with its competition. We believe that Lone Star has taken a step forward in durability, and its lifetime transferable warranty leaves you without fear of having to replace your axle, should you manage to tweak one. Lone Star Racing can also supply all of your other chassis needs, with their a-arms featuring a lifetime warranty as well.
If you’re going to go racing, a stronger axle is a good idea. If your machine is in the 46-inch width range and you want to be competitive at any level of motocross, a wider axle is mandatory. Lone Star Racing’s new Axcaliber Pro Racing Axle will fill both needs beautifully.
Manufacturer: Lone Star Racing
Product: Axcaliber Pro Racing Axle
Lone Star Racing Axcaliber Pro Racing Axle
Summary: If you’re going to go racing, a stronger axle is a good idea. If your machine is in the 46-inch width range and you want to be competitive at any level of motocross, a wider axle is mandatory. Lone Star Racing’s new Axcaliber Pro Racing Axle will fill both needs beautifully.