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    Some advice on shocks, please...
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    A local has this set of Walker Evans shocks off a 2015 RZR for $500.



    My issue is that the rear shocks are 34.25" long...which will require me to drastically alter my mounts (factory shock is 23.5" eye to eye). Does anyone here have experience with these shocks? I'd be using them on my Roketa GK34...roughly a 1200lb buggy...I'm just not sure how much effort I want to put into it if they're just not suitable for my machine for some reason or another.
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    There are great shocks. You can always revalve and respring.
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    Well I picked them up:

    The fronts are part numbers 7043979 and 7043978, and the rears are part number 7043983. Where can I get some specs on these shocks? I tried walker evans' website but don't see them listed. I'm mostly hoping for travel length.
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    If you have them in hand, just measure the shaft that's sticking out - move the snubber/bumper thingy down from the spring perch and measure all the chrome you can see. That's travel.

    Don't take the snubber into account - it'll squish a bunch but not fully - it gives you a little fudge factor to consider.
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    Neat. I didn't know if it would absorb the whole shaft.

    Do we have a write-up somewhere on how to properly setup sag on a buggy? I'm trying to apply the same concept from bikes, but I'm learning it doesn't really all come over.
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    Yes, there's a little extra room for the shaft too - if it were to bottom out inside the shock, that would be ugly - really ugly.

    Usually (and depending on terrain), sitting somewhere between 1/3 and 1/2 into the travel is about right. The smoother the terrain, the farther into bump you can run. Rocks and stuff (rougher terrain) you'll want to be closer to 1/3 so you have more ground clearance.
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    Okay well I dropped all the preload off and started from scratch. With the collars all the way up it barely supported it's own weight and had no rebound. After moving the collars down to 2" the suspension sagged about 3.5", which I think is about perfect. I didn't get to test drive on them...hoping to do that tomorrow.
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    Did you measure the travel on the shocks? I'd be interested in hearing what the numbers are. Thank you.
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    I didn't, but I will and will post it later today.

    As an update...I got a really good deal on the set because one of the rears had a seized collar. W/E says about $500 in labor to fix it, plus parts. Another outfit I found will replace the collars and tubes on both shocks with steel for about $350 a shock. Don't have that kind of money...sooooooo....I just put a big wrench on it, doused it in penetrating oil, and slowly worked it back and forth. I was able to get the collar to move up the tube, but it's still pretty gritty. I'm not moving it any more until I get them mounted. There's about a 1/4" section of the threads that are destroyed. I'm going to run a file over the area and hopefully, should I ever need that much preload, the collar will run over the area. With luck, though, I'll set the collars and never move them.

    I'm contemplating trying to trade the rears off for another set of the front shocks...they'd work great on the back and I wouldn't have to chop my frame up to fit them.
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    Okay the fronts worked out great...but the rears are way too soft. The shocks seem to work okay but I will definitely need stiffer springs. How do I go about getting them? How do I determine what size/strength springs I need?
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