Join Date: Aug 2016
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Upgrade stock, or replace, shocks?
Today I spoke with Shock Therapy, ZBros, Walker Evans, and talked to a King shock supplier I have dealt with in the past.
What is the general consensus on replacing the stock shocks, or modifying the stockers? 2018 XPT4.
A few interesting points...
Walker adamantly stated the front 2.0" shocks are too small. They said the 5/8" shafts, and related oil capacities, are not sufficient and the shocks will heat and fade, possibly bend. They said spending any money on the stock fronts is a fools errand.
Each company who offered a rebuild stated there was a night and day difference between stock, and a stock shock valved and sprung.
Each company was confident that for 90% of the riding I do, a set of Kings was not necessary. But, each supplier said there was a big difference between an internal bypass King shock, and a built up stocker. Better components (body, wear bands, heims, etc.) and the bypass would provide better two stage dampening.
Some options, without calling out any vendor.
If I sent out my 4 walkers to be valved and setup to the best of their capabilities, is $1900. This includes larger front shafts and reservoirs.
Stock REAR walkers rebuilt and sprung, with NEW front 2.5" Walkers is $2300
King 2.5" front and rear, with internal bypasses, $3800
My driving style is a mixed bag. We live in Utah, wheel Moab/Sand Hollow 50%, the mountains 40%, and high speed serious riding maybe 10% of the time. We are going to Mexico to run the Baja race track in March, 150-200 miles per day.
Only planning to keep my rig 2-3 years, then trade off.
I will "invest" any money... But, who has been here? Who has King IBP's on their rig? Who has built up stockers? Any real world experience out there?