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post #1 of 4 Old 08-15-2019, 03:14 PM Thread Starter
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Need softer suspension

Long time rider of ATVs, with most of it on a Honda 300 Sprottrack. Moved to a Dirt bike about 7 years ago, but wanted to go back to an ATV so picked up a 2009 700xx. Incredible ride on the tight trail riding i prefer.

Problem is occasionally my wife likes to go for a ride. She has a Polaris Sportsman. But she prefers ORV routes versus trails. In Michigan a route is generally a dirt road or 2 track (poor dirt road). When riding these they are often washboard and the front end of the 700 shakes so bad it makes for a miserable ride.

Any suggestions? I think my tires are at 6psi. Was wondering if increasing the pressure might actually help settle it down. I have found shifting my weight rearward helps, but hard to keep weight shifted back for 2 hours.
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Maybe instead of riding 2 hours with your weight shifted back, just get a passenger back there!

But seriously something isn't right. So I'd check your a-arm bushings, tie-rods, wheel bearings, and lower your air pressure.

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A set of DS450 shocks and a vibration isolation handlebar mount would be the next step once you fix what ails the machine.
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I have never really looked at the stock front shocks for the 700 because mine came with elkas. If they are preload adjustable I would back that down some. Also 4.5 to 5 psi in the tires (front and rear) should be fine for a relaxed pace ride. I found the front of my 700 liked to "hunt" a little bit when I got it. I made this better with a front end alignment and an aftermarket larger rear sway bar. My opinion is that OMF rear wheels that I am using have a wider off set than my front wheels and this is not doing me any favors as far as high speed handling is concerned. I have thought about adding some wheel spacer to the front in hopes of further improving the handling.

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