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Walker Evans shock review
Last week, I installed a set of Walker Evans coilover shocks on my otherwise stock-suspension RZR and had the chance to take it out yesterday. I purchased the shocks from my Polaris dealer who was able to get them through the "Pure Polaris" catalog. Apparently, Polaris has licensed them from Walker Evans. The shocks showed up in Walker Evans Racing boxes with their stickers and everything. They just had Polaris stickers with barcodes stuck on the boxes.
The installation was pretty simple. The only pitfall to watch out for is to make sure you get the shock eyelet bushings on the correct end of the shock. The upper and lower ends use different size bushings, but they're close enough to be confused. I left the rebound adjustment and height adjustments as they were from Walker Evans for my first trip out. The RZR maintained it's stock ride height without adjusting the new shocks.
The trails my friends and I ride are mostly light sand and gravel with some rock mixed in. The only area I'd had problems with before were the "whoop" or rhythm sections. Stock, my RZR would bottom out in some areas and simply buck violently in others. My only soution thus far had been to slow WAAAAY down in these areas. With the Walker Evans shocks, I noticed that I was able to take these sections with much greater speed. Some of the deeper and more violent sections still required me to slow down, but were not as harsh as before. I could actually feel the shocks taking up a lot of the rough stuff, which was a nice change. I only bottomed out once, in the rear, but I think it was just a fluke, since it only happened once on a 25mi+ ride. The second improvement I noticed was that the roll stability was much better with the new shocks. I have been running with the front sway bar disconnected to try to get some travel out of the stock setup and left the front unhooked for my first ride with the new shocks, just to try to make an even comparisson. At higher speeds and quick, sweeping turns, the stock setup felt a little loose and top-heavy with the front bar unhooked. With the new shocks, nearly all of that went away. I'm considering unhooking the rear bar as well for the next trip out.
All in all, I'm pretty pleased with the Wlaker Evans shocks. My only real criticism is lack of paperwork and instructions (there was no shock dyno sheet and no explanation of the valving adjustments). For how and where I use my RZR, a Long Travel setup is not an option. Short of that, however, I think these shocks have made a pretty decent improvement to an otherwise stock suspension.
'08 Green RZR
Born on 10.1.07
Two Bros. pipe, UNI filter, PCIII USB, G-Force 5pt belts, quick-release steering wheel, Venom 4k winch, Longacre rear view mirror, Walker Evans coilovers, TCP half-doors and more.