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Shocks and Stabilizer Enough?

I registered here 3 years ago and just purchased a XX. It is a fairly low time unit with HMF header,pipe and efi controller. I took it out to my favorite riding spot, along with my Sportsman 850XP EPS. I was hoping for a ride quality somewhere between my old 400EX and my current Polaris Sportsman XP. It quickly became obvious that I set my expectations for the IRS and the XX a little too high.

First, the power steering on my last 2 quads had spoiled me a bit. I had forgotten how much kickback there was on the bars in the rough sections. Will a CCP or Precision stabilizer tame the bar kick similar to EPS levels? Perhaps a 23" front tire, flexible bars or mounts, or thicker grips to help in that regard? My wrists were hurting pretty bad after 10 miles or so.

Second, what can I say here. I'm 38 trying to ride these trails like I did 20 years ago. The suspension, especially the front, was beating me to death. I hit a few jumps, but never bottomed out the suspension. I have a little over $3K in the bike, so putting another $3K into the suspension isn't real high on my priorities. Are the DS450 shocks my only real option here? The Fox Float shocks look interesting, and would be at the upper limit of what I would want to spend. But if they could get me a soft smooth ride I would spend the money.


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You can get Elkas.

Some have also tried Polaris Outlaw shocks.
https://www.club700xx.com/vb/showthread.php?t=5923

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The DS-450 is a great mod! And I think someone has a set listed here for sale. The floats are shorter than stock, and unless I had a junk set (which is possible) I could never get the ride height tall enough. I like the Elka's I have and you can get a full set of stage 3's for around $1595 I think. But knowing what I know now (which isn't much) I would of stuck with my old ds-450's. If you can find a set of the XMX like these, I'd bet there awesome...And keep the other $1400 in your pocket or maybe send the rears off to have them set up, for $400 to $500.00 As far as the steering I'm stock and have to complaints...

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There's also the LTR450 front shocks as well if you can get a set cheap, easy mod, much better than stockers, not sure how they compare to the DS shocks.

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try ds450 , they are really great for less than 200$ you must grind it to fit , very easy . when I set them half stiff , the rear slide easily
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I'm running Elka stage 3's fully adjustable all the way around, the CCP stabilizer and a L8ton 9/16 sway bar. Its a whole new machine. Probably into the whole set up for about 2k...

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I found some low time 2009 LTR450 shocks and they will be here today or tomorrow. I'll throw up some pics once I get them installed.

I had found a post a couple weeks ago while searching here where someone moved the stock front shocks springs to the rear to soften it up, but I can't find it again. I plan to do the same thing and I'll post that up as well.

I'm hoping these two mods will give me a ride closer to what I was looking for when I bought the XX.

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I fitted a l8yton antisway bar and what a difference..
Just replaced the rear 11" rims (rubbish tyre selection avaiable) and put on 10" A pair of maxxis razr2,s and wow, another better transformation !
so much easier to power slide in corners..
Have totally stock suspension, I ride it like i stole it, am 50 yrs old and have no issues riding 150 miles in a day ! (other than my ass starts to kill me... haha)
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I was probably the one you saw post about that. If you find a cheap set of front shocks, as long as the springs are good, you can run those springs on the back.

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I was probably the one you saw post about that. If you find a cheap set of front shocks, as long as the springs are good, you can run those springs on the back.
My LTR450 shocks arrived today, so I will have a set of front springs at my disposal.

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