A very unusual new part this year was a 2L liftarm made from
rubber with two axle holes. This part can be used to attach parts
which must be allowed a certain amount of flexibility. Within 8288,
it was used to support a ratchet pawl. It also has use in
suspensions, as an impact absorbing stop, or even as a high friction
tread in fan models.
Wheels and Tires
This year saw the release of the largest non-Power Puller balloon tire,
the 94.8 x 44 R. It uses the same large Technic wheel as the flat
bottomed 68.8 x 36 R. Only a handful of sets have been large enough to require such a tire.