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The bogie arm system for impressive obstacle climbing
The bogie arm is a feature on Magic Mobility’s Frontier V6 All Terrain model, designed to provide stabilisation and increase your powerchair’s capacity for climbing obstacles.
The Frontier V6 AT’s two bogie arms each support the castor wheels at the front of your wheelchair. We’ll show you how it works and why it’s been designed this way so that you can get the most out of your chair or upcoming trial.
In addition to making obstacle climbing safer, the bogie arms are designed to provide more traction. This makes them really effective on soft terrain, lifting your front castors out of the snow, sand or mud, and can provide more traction by pushing the drive (middle) wheels into the ground.
Watch our design engineer, Lachie, explain the bogie arm action.
The bogie arm is particularly useful when climbing up and down curbs. When you accelerate, the bogie arm and castors lift, essentially decreasing the size of the curb making it easier to climb. By lifting the front castors, the drive wheel is able to maintain contact with the ground throughout the curb climb process. Curb climbing becomes much safer, as the central drive wheels gain more traction and allow you to power easily over obstacles.
Similarly, the bogie arm makes going down curbs safer and easier. The bogie arm allows the drivetrain to articulate, pushing the drive wheels intro the ground so that the wheelchair is kept stable, even while going down the curb.
Frontier V6 All Terrain users can reduce the bogie arm lift to suit their own preference.
The most effective way to reduce it is to reduce the rate of acceleration. As shown in our demonstration, the bogie arms lift in response to faster acceleration. If you approach obstacles slowly, the bogie arm won’t lift as much.
Are you interested in trialling a Frontier V6 All Terrain and testing out its added all-terrain capability with bogie arm lift? Contact us today to find a Magic Mobility dealer in your area.