GT Thunder rear shock re-work!
I had this under another thread, but wanted to get it in the product review area.
GT Thunder rebuilt, re-valved, custom set-up for my style and weight, and converted the rear shocks to a dual spring setup for around $450 which seems like a very reasonable price. It took about a week but I was able to drop them off and pick them up since I work about 5 miles away, so you would need to add some time for shipping. Also during the busy season you will want to see if the lead time gets longer.
Now for the actual review:
The rear shocks feel so much better. I thought they were a bit too soft at first, but I just needed to adjust the ride height and they feel perfect.
GT Thunder re-valve / dual rate spring rear Trx700xx shock review (so search engine's will find it):::
1.) The action on both compression and rebound is INCREDIBLE, just absolutly butter smooth, but still resisted bottoming well. I only managed to kiss the bottom one time after getting about 6 feet high and around 20 ft out and intentionally landing on the back tires.
2.) It articulates and handles extreme off camber washouts really well. About 18" difference from one side to the other (tripoded for a bit up front) Before the same trail felt very tippy and I would brace with my foot.
3.) It did reduce the ability to slide the tail even more, so be prepared to buy a bigger swaybar for most, but I like it for the additional drive.
4.) It keeps the tires on the ground better and really drives you forward in anything.
5.) For anybody getting the "kick" at the end it is gone, just completely gone.
I put it to the test on a trail that is short and very steep then transitions shallower and left into roots with ~9 to 16" sharp steps between two (narrow) trees then an off camber loose rutted right climb. I could never get over the steps and keep the front between two trees on the trail and would have to tail drag back to the bottom. It was an absolute swamp today and I made it on the second try, and it was my fault I didn't get it the first time not the bike. The old pogos on the back couldn't even do it in summer, it bounced into a tree EVERY time!!
It soaked up everything I threw at it and only just barely bottomed out when I really tried to G-out on the base of a sharp transition hill or intentionally landed on the rears.
Very pleased and well worth the money, but I have never ran aftermarket or custom suspension before so I don't have anything to compare to except stock.
I ordered a set of the HLS Essential series front shocks and will let you know how they do also.
2008 TRX700 - Tusk Aluminum Hand Guards, ODI Rouge Grips, American Star Chromoly Tie Rods, 12T front, ITP 10" Rims with custom 4-leaf clover reinforcement, 22" Razr2's Front and Rear, Moose Fat Peg Nerf bars, GT Thunder Rear re-valve/dual rate setup
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