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Old July 3rd, 2008, 04:45 PM
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Walker Evans shocks adjustments

I, too, just installed WE racing shocks. Not enough time to provide a review as yet, but I have the following question: Will any of you provide a brief written summary of possible adjustments and expected results? The company, apparantly, provided no written materials. Thanks in advance if you have any ideas/suggestions/remarks.
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Re: Walker Evans shocks adjustments

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I, too, just installed WE racing shocks. Not enough time to provide a review as yet, but I have the following question: Will any of you provide a brief written summary of possible adjustments and expected results? The company, apparantly, provided no written materials. Thanks in advance if you have any ideas/suggestions/remarks.
I got to say that I was disappointed with the written materials I received with mine. These shocks are pricely so a clear set of installation instructions with a few pictures wouldn't have killed them.

They simply say the spring pre-load measured from the red end cap to the spring nut should be:
Front min. 1" max 2 1/2"
Rear min 1 3/4 max 2 3/4

Compression adjuster Clockwise for a firm ride. Counter Clockwise for a soft ride.

I'm confused when they say to:

"Loosen the upper sway bar bracket bolt and move sway bar bracket to be flush with the end of sway bar."

and by:

"with the reservoir body facing out" That seems to say toward me when I face the side of the vehicle. Kind of strange....not forward not to the rear but straight out to the side.

Maybe this will start making sense when I start installing them. How do you change the pre-load once they are installed....a crappy wrench doesn't seem too much to ask for the price either.

I don't jump my rzr and don't believe I've bottomed out the stock shocks at the lightess pre-load on the stock shocks. So I'm gonna start at 1 and 1 3/4" Somebody recomended three clicks clockwise and go up from there.

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Re: Walker Evans shocks adjustments

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Maybe this will start making sense when I start installing them. How do you change the pre-load once they are installed....a crappy wrench doesn't seem too much to ask for the price either.

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Just use a proper sized punch to adjust preload with the tires off the ground. It takes a while a 1/4 turn at a time. May be simpler and faster to take them off shocks to make big adjustments.
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Re: Walker Evans shocks adjustments

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Maybe this will start making sense when I start installing them. How do you change the pre-load once they are installed....a crappy wrench doesn't seem too much to ask for the price either.

I don't jump my rzr and don't believe I've bottomed out the stock shocks at the lightess pre-load on the stock shocks. So I'm gonna start at 1 and 1 3/4" Somebody recomended three clicks clockwise and go up from there.

Eli
Well it made better sense after I got into it. Didn't have enough clearage even with the sway bar bracket flush with the end of the bar so I simply but the link on the other side of the bracket. Hope that doesn't cause problems.

Mine pre-loads were set a 1/16th over the mins so I left them that way.

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Re: Walker Evans shocks adjustments

You don't need to use a punch if you have a spanner wrench. Just get a pipe and slip it over the end of the spanner wrench and you can turn the collars easily. The handle off of a floor jack works great. You just jack the thing off the floor, then remove the handle and adjust your suspension.
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Re: Walker Evans shocks adjustments

Quote: Originally Posted by eli View Post
Well it made better sense after I got into it. Didn't have enough clearage even with the sway bar bracket flush with the end of the bar so I simply but the link on the other side of the bracket. Hope that doesn't cause problems.

Mine pre-loads were set a 1/16th over the mins so I left them that way.

Eli

Don't mount the sway bar link on the outer end of the bracket! They will brake and rub on the shocks... mine did. Not sure if WER has started adding a bigger spacer so the sway bar link does not rub the spring retainer near the bottom mount on the A-Arm at full extention (tires off the ground). If they rub the retainer/spring add your stock spacer and go buy longer bolts. As to the to mounting on the top sway bar link you need to toe out the brackets on the sway bar then attach the sway bar links in the normal position. You should have 1/4" clearance on each side and they should be fine. I think you may need to buy those longer bolts though... I reported the issue to WER but doubt they did anything... let them know if you did have to get longer bolts. I got pics at home if you want to see them just ask.

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Re: Walker Evans shocks adjustments

ran walkers at 8 turns on the compression and 2" on preload.......had to adjust front compression al the way on front as i blew out the snubbers first ride....in less than 5 miles......they seem to need a heavier spring to me....also had a little buck still in the rear.....i had the ones through polaris accessory catalog so maybesome of the others are valved different.......did talk to wer AND the seemed like they would help dial in the valving if i would send them back....but i just had them send me some new snubbers and they seemed to be okay with a little more compression adjustment.......might try elkas or kings next when i get lt
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Re: Walker Evans shocks adjustments

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Don't mount the sway bar link on the outer end of the bracket! They will brake and rub on the shocks... mine did. Not sure if WER has started adding a bigger spacer so the sway bar link does not rub the spring retainer near the bottom mount on the A-Arm at full extention (tires off the ground). If they rub the retainer/spring add your stock spacer and go buy longer bolts. As to the to mounting on the top sway bar link you need to toe out the brackets on the sway bar then attach the sway bar links in the normal position. You should have 1/4" clearance on each side and they should be fine. I think you may need to buy those longer bolts though... I reported the issue to WER but doubt they did anything... let them know if you did have to get longer bolts. I got pics at home if you want to see them just ask.

GL
I went and got longer bolts and put the stock spacers on too. Test ride turned into a search for an injured motorcycle rider. (He was located and was OK.) My thoughts weren't on the shocks but couldn't help but notice the ride was alot a better.

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Re: Walker Evans shocks adjustments

08 rzr with long travel walker evans susp. had a little incident the other day that was a little un-nerving. the right front shock came apart and my long travel susp became a low rider in a 2ft good thing i was only going about 5mph when it happened tire jammed up in wheel well and all heck broke loose 2 hours latter i limped home. These shocks are about year old and found out from we tech that the shock shaft can turn inside the shock over time and loosen from the lowershock mount. just wanted to let the formun no that anybody running we shocks to take a little time to inspect the lower shock mount. the we evans tech. told me to use red loc-tite on the threads to keep shaft from turning just a fyi
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Re: Walker Evans shocks adjustments

Question, I have We and 4 inch long travel, seem to bottom out, I have adjusted the ride height but think I need them to be stiffer, can I getthat with the adjustment or should I look at new springs?
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Re: Walker Evans shocks adjustments

hey longtravel: you will find that suspension set-up is one of the toughest things to get right alot of factors come in to play style of riding, terrain weight of your rzr and on and on lot of trying different things. shock springs will sac out over time. I think WE suggests setting pre-load on springs at 1 1/2 inches to 2 1/2 inches measured from top of adjustment nut to the flat surface on the shock body you may try to adjust the spring preload a little stiffer you can also play with the compression adjustment screw all the way in allthe way out count clicks set in the middle go play and make small ajustments set it up the way it feels best for you. if all else fails call WE ask to talk to one of there techs nice guys. hope this helps. spring preload best done in garage so you can jack it up and unload springs makes turning a little easier. WHEN IN DOUGHT GASSIT
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Re: Walker Evans shocks adjustments

Thanks for the info. I first adjusted the shocks for ride height, i needed more, now I need to adjust for rebound, the ride is great but too soft when coming down of of bill dunes, I think maybe the resivoirs may help that.
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