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As I had stated in another post, which I couldn't find but is most likely still there, I had purchased and installed new springs on my"S" still using the stock Fox shocks. Well the difference was terrific :D The ride was very smooth and much improved. Very little front end bottoming allowing for about a 10-15 mph increase of hard riding in the dunes, there were times I would reach 50 mph and still feel in control of the ride. The rear still bottomed on occasion but that will happen when going fast. I was at least able to stay up with most of the quads in the group I ride with and these guys are fast..... The springs are from http://www.makintraxsuspension.com/ and $400 for all four springs. Alot cheaper than $2200 for a set of new shocks.
 

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Dennis, Thanks for the feedback and follow-up bud. As you might have noticed - we've changed things around quit a bit. We have now became a "All Brands" SxS site www.SideXsideWorld.com when you get time check out the changes, I think you'll be pleased with them, and remember - you and your machine along with your knowledge/feedback have been and will always be welcome.
 

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Thanks for the information Dennis, I have been reading alot about their new springs and everybody seem to more than pleased to them.
 

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Thanks for the information Dennis, I have been reading alot about their new springs and everybody seem to more than pleased to them.
Hi Mike,
Over New Years I put 145 miles on the new springs, I weigh 210 lbs and had a friend's wife, 175lbs, ride with me while their son road with him in their RZR which had Walker Evans shocks on his ride. Her first comment to him after 1 hour into the ride was " his ride is much smoother and softer without bottoming". Nothing against the Walker's as they do a fine job but for the money difference I am very pleased with the results of these springs installed on the stock Fox shock. The front shocks never did get warm but the rears did, but nothing like with the stock springs. The springs also raised the front and rear by 1". I know there are many spring companys, after research I think this progressive rate spring is one of the better one's.
I need to post a new signiture pic with the new silver springs..... :roll:
 

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Dennis- I too am looking for better shocks/springs on my Rzr S because the bumpy ride at the bottom of some of the bigger dunes is keeping me from making it some of the hills. Did you have them install or did you do it yourself? I live in san Diego so the drive to Murrieta is an easy one. Any other thing you'd suggest when dealing with them? Thanks David
 

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I think shocks and springs are one of the best upgrades any one can do to an offroad machine
 

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Dennis- I too am looking for better shocks/springs on my Rzr S because the bumpy ride at the bottom of some of the bigger dunes is keeping me from making it some of the hills. Did you have them install or did you do it yourself? I live in san Diego so the drive to Murrieta is an easy one. Any other thing you'd suggest when dealing with them? Thanks David
Hi David,
I installed the springs myself and it is very easy to do and takes less than an hour to do. When you get the springs just install them as the instructions describe. There are 18 adjustments or clicks on each shock, I started with each shock 9 clicks out from max, full clockways then 9 clicks out or counter clockways. After 145 miles in the dunes I increased the front and rear compression to only 6 clicks out on the rears and 7 out on the fronts. I must add also that My beadlock rims have a 2 inch off set so I had to adjust the rears to compensate for the additional sag. We all have different riding styles so fine tuning is an individual thing. I am going to the dunes next weekend for some testing and if still not what I want I will have Steve revalve the rears. The fronts are pretty close right now so the rears are the ones I'm concerned with at this time. Since 90% of my riding is in the dunes I feel thats where I need to test. I have a test track on my property, but it is hard pack, studder bumps and all. I used to do motocross but the years have said to do 4 wheels and a cage :lol: :lol: .
I'm very close to having the suspension set up where I want it for my type and style of riding.
The pic on the right is with the new springs, it did increase the ride height by an inch front and rear and still provided a smooth ride at slower speeds.
 

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Thanks Dennis- I have e-mailed Steve and he said some new AFCO shocks specifically for the Rzr S are coming out the end of this month. Lucky you that you have a track on property. I used to live in La Mesa, but now live in a highrise downtown, so I'm very envious that you can walk out your door and play. Almost all my riding is Dunes and agree that I need to test and set-up in that terrain. Our stories sound similar. Used to ride motocross and beat myself up every weekend and now have switched to 4 wheels. I'm having so much fun with this Rzr that I don't think I'll ever go back to 2 wheels! Plus I can't keep up with my teenage sons anymore on a bike, so the Rzr gives me a good excuse why they are always waiting up for me. After shocks, Turbo is next!- Thanks again, David
 

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I'm having a very bad case of withdrawls...... to cure that, I will be leaving for Glamis tomorrow evening...... Ride... ride...ride....take pictures
and yes David it's tough to keep up with the kids and a turbo should help.
Did you or have you purchased springs or shocks yet?
 

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I have left a voice mail and two e-mails for Steve at MakinTrax, but no reply. I am making a Glamis Trip Feb 26-28th and was hoping to have them on by then. On another subject, I was thinking about getting a DragonFire Turbo because Glen at Dragonfire in El Cajon has done all my upgrades and maintenance work on my RZR. Have you heard much about the DF Turbo? It is is a very clean look without the intercoller and it would be nice to have the install done by someone local- David
 

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Steve from MakinTrax just called me and we had a great conversation about the new shocks and springs. Hopefully get them next weekend. Very knowledgeable and helpful. We should plan on meeting up sometime to ride. David
 

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I'm having a very bad case of withdrawls...... to cure that, I will be leaving for Glamis tomorrow evening...... Ride... ride...ride....take pictures
and yes David it's tough to keep up with the kids and a turbo should help.
Did you or have you purchased springs or shocks yet?
Have fun on your Ride..
 

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I have left a voice mail and two e-mails for Steve at MakinTrax, but no reply. I am making a Glamis Trip Feb 26-28th and was hoping to have them on by then. On another subject, I was thinking about getting a DragonFire Turbo because Glen at Dragonfire in El Cajon has done all my upgrades and maintenance work on my RZR. Have you heard much about the DF Turbo? It is is a very clean look without the intercoller and it would be nice to have the install done by someone local- David
David, have you had the turbo installed yet? I'm considering a turbo also, just not sure as to which one yet.....let me know.
 

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Dennis - I had the Dragonfire Turbo installed three weeks ago and have had it out three weekends in Glamis. I have put about 450 miles on it with no problems and I am very pleased with the increase in power. I went wth the Dragonfire Turbo for two primary reasons: 1) I think they make quality products, 2) The shop that does all my work on my RZR is here in El Cajon and it is a Dragonfire Dealer. Glen at Dragonfire El Cajon has been Great and the mechanic, Darrin, has bent over backwards to make things happen for me. I thought it best to have a Turbo installed by someone that would be there close if something happened. They only put 9 lbs of boost, but their thinking is increased reliabilty on other engine components with this lower boost and this was importnat to me. It does not utilize an intercooler which requires me to use race gas, which is a drag, but i like the stealth look and also I still get to use my expensive Billet rear view mirror. Hope to see you out in the dunes sometime. We are going out to Wash 10 April 22-24th. - David
 

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David, thanks for the update; I will stop by Dragonfire in El Cajon tomorrow afternoon and look at their turbo. How long did they have your RZR :?: and I also like the idea of the stealth look :!:
 

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It took them 2 days. Very clean install. Top speed is not significantly different (I got it up to 69 last weekend in the dunes), but how fast it gets up to speed is huge. I was never able to get up China Wall before, but did last weekend. I will post some photos of my RZR next week.
 

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It took them 2 days. Very clean install. Top speed is not significantly different (I got it up to 69 last weekend in the dunes), but how fast it gets up to speed is huge. I was never able to get up China Wall before, but did last weekend. I will post some photos of my RZR next week.
Dang...69 mph I only get top speed of 55 mph in the sand but can get to 45 in 300 ft and I can get up China Wall now, not real fast at the top but I get there. Do you have paddles :?: Did they up grade your clutch :?: I have a DDP clutch with adjustable weights and it is adjusted to pull real strong down low thus loosing some top end.
Love to see some pictures when you have time.
Until then.....
 

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Part of the Turbo was the clutch kit. That was what took the extra day to intstall.
Hi David, went by Dragonfire today, spent 2 hrs talking with Darien and just have not decided which brand to use yet. When are you taking yours back to them? How are you liking your new shocks?
 
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