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Old February 20th, 2012, 03:04 PM   #1
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XP Stock shocks are totally acceptable

I just got back from Glamis and pushed my XP even harder yet again and am now at the point where I will go as fast as the machine will go through any size woops. the only woops I cant go through full speed are INTO the woops at the base of Olds going up. I am not sure why people think the stock suspension sucks because it doesnt. I had three other XP owners come up to me at Olds on saturday and sunday askign what suspension work I have done to my XP. I have nothing done to it, its 100% stock.

I will without any fear at all go down olds through the woops wide open and not let off. I almost hit 80mph on Sunday night and hit 75mph on Saturday in the day. I was going so fast my "unbreakable" fiber optic whip sheared off at the base and went flying through the air in front of me like a javelin when I slammed the brakes on after coming down the hill. That was pretty funny.

I tried to start way back and go full speed into the woops and bottomed the rear out pretty hard and the hood flew off...I think if I was going faster it would have been better as it would have started skipping over the woops...but thats the only area I just dont have the confidence yet.

Anyway, I am goign to put money into a turbo since the stock shocks are soaking up pretty much anything I through at it. Just wanted to let you people know my experience if you were debating shocks... Obviously if you have the coin get both a turbo and long travel, but if you have to pick get a turbo...

Oh and I raced a wildcat twice and beat him bad, he didn't even make it up Olds. I actually started behind him by about 10 lengths and still beat him by about 5 lengths.

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Old February 20th, 2012, 03:12 PM   #2
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Yeah....I loved how the wildcats couldn't make olds....saw one guy try it a couple times


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Re: XP Stock shocks are totally acceptable

I think stock does very well. I had no complaints. Until I switched to my kings I noticed the difference but it really depends on your driving style.
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Don't think anyone would argue that the stock stuff is good but new shocks are like going from a stock s to an xp.


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Re: XP Stock shocks are totally acceptable

Hey Shawn, I agree the stocks are just fine. How did you have your shock set up? I went three weeks ago and was real happy with my settings but then this past weekend I just couldnt figure it out!
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Hey Shawn, I agree the stocks are just fine. How did you have your shock set up? I went three weeks ago and was real happy with my settings but then this past weekend I just couldnt figure it out!
I just turned up the compression all the way stiff and then pinned it through the woops several times and they are getting a bit loose, but in a good way. I really can't believe how good it is. The only time I have trouble is when the woops are big and far apart and the front has too much time to get down...then the back will buck a bit. But when you get moving and the front and rear are working together...you can go as fast as you possibly can and its great. I might try to take some pre-load out and see if it helps...but honestly, all I could think about for the three hour ride home was the last ride I got in on Sunday night at Olds and totally bombing the woops. My buddy and I were just completely jacked with adrenaline after the ride. Its hard to describe going into those deep woops approaching 80mph and then skipping over them. I can't wait to head back. I might go in a few weeks.
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If you haven't already, try dropping a little ride height to. Supposed to make it even better.
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Re: XP Stock shocks are totally acceptable

Tagging this thread. I agree on the stock shocks but haven't touched how it came stock. Still getting ideas one tweaking the the preload and valve before messing with it. Works pretty good for east coast riding for me as is though.
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Chips, i dont know who is crazier; you, or your friend that rides with you When i start losing rzr parts i'm letting off it.
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Re: XP Stock shocks are totally acceptable

I've let out some preload from mine, but I also have my compression only 4 clicks from soft, and it didnt improve much over stock. Maybe, I'll try the compression harder, maybe thats the secret?
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If you haven't already, try dropping a little ride height to. Supposed to make it even better.
I don't have an issue with the stock shocks either. I dropped mine about one inch and increased the dampening a couple notches. Ride quality is better and little to no bucking. It only took me a year to make a shock adjustment. It makes me wonder how many people are still at the factory stock settings...haven't made any adjustments at all.
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If you haven't already, try dropping a little ride height to. Supposed to make it even better.
I don't have an issue with the stock shocks either. I dropped mine about one inch and increased the dampening a couple notches. Ride quality is better and little to no bucking. It only took me a year to make a shock adjustment. It makes me wonder how many people are still at the factory stock settings...haven't made any adjustments at all.
Did u turn the clicker to the right or left
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If you haven't already, try dropping a little ride height to. Supposed to make it even better.
I don't have an issue with the stock shocks either. I dropped mine about one inch and increased the dampening a couple notches. Ride quality is better and little to no bucking. It only took me a year to make a shock adjustment. It makes me wonder how many people are still at the factory stock settings...haven't made any adjustments at all.
Did u turn the clicker to the right or left
Hey Chillen, if you turn the compression knob to the right (in) you increase the compression by closing a tapered needle which allows less oil to flow through the hole/valve. The other way has the opposite effect. I like many others on here have taken out all/much of the preload, if you jack up the back end and then take out all the preload on the shocks until the spring is loose, then take it back to being tight and then another quarter of a turn on both sides in the back. Then just lower the front about an inch or 1.5" in the same manner. Then, if you take the compression setting to somewhere in the middle like 6 or 7 turns from full out that should be a good starting place to adjust from there. Bucking is reduced, corners betters because its lower, goes over whoops better because you increased the droop (increased the down travel as you fly) so you have more suspension stroke when it cycles back up. hope that helps.
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I don't have an issue with the stock shocks either. I dropped mine about one inch and increased the dampening a couple notches. Ride quality is better and little to no bucking. It only took me a year to make a shock adjustment. It makes me wonder how many people are still at the factory stock settings...haven't made any adjustments at all.
Did u turn the clicker to the right or left
Hey Chillen, if you turn the compression knob to the right (in) you increase the compression by closing a tapered needle which allows less oil to flow through the hole/valve. The other way has the opposite effect. I like many others on here have taken out all/much of the preload, if you jack up the back end and then take out all the preload on the shocks until the spring is loose, then take it back to being tight and then another quarter of a turn on both sides in the back. Then just lower the front about an inch or 1.5" in the same manner. Then, if you take the compression setting to somewhere in the middle like 6 or 7 turns from full out that should be a good starting place to adjust from there. Bucking is reduced, corners betters because its lower, goes over whoops better because you increased the droop (increased the down travel as you fly) so you have more suspension stroke when it cycles back up. hope that helps.
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Where do I measure from in the front to see what my ride height is and what should it be if I lowered it 1.5" lol I for got to measure before I got started
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