UTV Product Reviews

UTV Guide – UTV Shock Guide

UTV Shock ReviewChanging out shocks on your UTV is a great way to improve the ride quality. Lots of shock manufacturers have embraced the side by side vehicle market and are offering replacement and long travel shocks.

Yamaha Rhino, Polaris RZR, Kawasaki Teryx, Arctic Cat Wildcat, Can-Am Maverick

Yamaha Rhino 700  Polaris RZR  Kawasaki Teryx 750 4x4 RUV   Arctic Cat Prowler 700 H1

Here are a few things to look for when it comes to UTV shocks:

  • High and Low-Speed Compression Adjustment
  • Rebound Adjustment
  • Springs – Single Rate, Dual Rate or Air
  • Preload Adjustment
  • Bottom-out control
  • Large Remote or Piggyback Reservoir
  • Large Body – 1.5″ just won’t do anymore!

UTV Shock Manufacturers

  • Bilstein

Website: www.bilstein.com
Phone: 858-386-5900

Models:  Steel Body Shock, SN Series Racing Shocks, ASN All Aluminum Racing Shocks

Bilstein Aluminum Body UTV Shocks Bilstein Steel Body UTV Shock

  • Retail price for four shocks: $1,295 – $1,750
  • Adjustment: Preload
  • Springs: Single Rate
  • Reservoir options: No reservoir
  • Stock Geometry: Rhino, RZR, Teryx, Prowler
  • Long Travel:
    – RZR: Fireball Racing, Lonestar,
    – Rhino: Fireball Racing, Lonestar, Long Travel Industries, ProCraft, Rhino-Tech, So Cal Fab
  • Elka Suspension

Website: www.elkasuspension.com
Phone: (800) 557-0552

Model: 36mm Standard

Elka UTV Shock - Piggyback reservoir Elka Recreational UTV Shock - Compression Adjustment

  • Retail price for four shocks: $1,290 – $3,520
  • Adjustment: Preload, Hi & Low-Speed Compression, Rebound
  • Springs: Single rate or Dual Rate
  • Reservoir options: No reservoir, Remote or Piggyback available
  • Stock Geometry: Rhino, Ranger, RZR, Prowler
  • Long Travel:
    – RZR: Lonestar
    – Rhino: Custom Motorsports, Fireball Racing, Granatelli, Laeger Racing, Lonestar Racing, Mason Motorsports, Phantom, Procraft, Pro-One, Shawz Metal Fab, So Cal Fab, Triple X Motorsports

Model: Elka Elite 46mm

Elka Suspension - Elite 46mm Rhino Shocks Elka Elite - Threaded preload adjustment Elka Elite - Switchable crossover spacers

Elka Elite - Rebound adjustment Elka Elite Racing Shock - High and low-speed compression adjustment

  • Retail price for four shocks: $1,990 – $4,710
  • Adjustment: Preload, Hi & Low-Speed Compression, Rebound
  • Springs: Single rate or Dual Rate
  • Reservoir options: No reservoir, Remote or Piggyback available
  • Stock Geometry: Rhino, Ranger, RZR, Prowler
  • Long Travel:
    – RZR: Lonestar
    – Rhino: Custom Motorsports, Fireball Racing, Granatelli, Laeger Racing, Lonestar Racing, Mason Motorsports, Phantom, Procraft, Pro-One, Shawz Metal Fab, So Cal Fab, Triple X Motorsports

Elka Elite 46mm Race Shocks – Product Overview

  • Exit Racing

Website: www.ars-fx.com
Phone: (435) 753-7774

Exit Racing Shocks for UTVs  ZBROZ Racing - Exit Coilover shock with remote reservoir

  • Retail price for four shocks:
  • Adjustment: Ride height
  • Springs: Dual rate coil
  • Reservoir options: Piggyback Reservoir
  • Stock Geometry: RZR, RZR S
  • Long Travel: +4″ RZR

Large 50mm bore – over 1/8″ larger than most advertised 2.0″ shocks.High flow pistons and adjustable canisters that work together to produce a plush ride at speed.

Single and “adjustable” Dual Rate spring combinations to fine tune a given application.

Springs made of High Tensil material wire that are not only lighter but more consistent over time.

Bullet proof construction machined from billet 6061 and 7075 aluminum.

Made in the United States of America.

  • FOX

Website: www.ridefox.com
Phone: 800-FOX-SHOX

Models: 2.0, 2.0 Shock w/ DSC and 2.0 Shock w/ DSC/RD

Top of the line: FOX 2.5 Podium X Shocks

Robust 2.5 Inch Body
The new shock has a 6061-T6 smooth bore seamless aluminum body. The larger body allows for greater damping force capability while allowing the shock to run at lower overall temperatures. The 2.5 inch aluminum body allows a 50 percent increase in the piston area, which allows the shock to do more work with lower internal pressures, less heat, and greater durability.

Dual-Speed Compression (DSC) AdjustmentSimple Dual-Speed Compression (DSC) Adjustment
With DSC, you can adjust the shock’s high- and low-speed compression damping by simply turning the external adjusters. The Podium X’s DSC allows you to maximize small bump compliance and traction while still having the extra damping required for big hits.

The high-speed compression adjuster affects compression damping mainly during medium to fast suspension movements such as steep jump faces, harsh flat landings, and aggressive whoops.
The low-speed compression adjuster impacts compression damping mostly during slow suspension movements like G-outs or smooth jump landings. It also affects wheel traction and the harshness or plushness of the vehicle.

Adjustable Rebound DampingQuick and Adjustable Rebound Damping
FOX’s new UTV shock allows for personalized rebound damping adjustment. Rebound damping controls the rate at which the shock returns after it has been compressed. The ability to make adjustments as the load, riding style, and terrain change is key to staying in control.

Bottom-Out Control(B.O.C) Technology
FOX’s B.O.C. technology provides extra resistance against harsh bottom-outs. As the Podium X shock is compressed, a secondary piston enters the bottom-out cup in the final 25 percent of travel to produce up to 3,000 pounds of additional damping force.

Without this, riders are forced to run a much stiffer setup to absorb a large impact. The technology allows Podium X shocks to be tuned to give improved small bump control in the upper portion of the stroke, while still maintaining the ability to absorb huge impacts and landings effectively.

Fox Racing Shox - Stock UTV Replacement Shock with Piggyback Reservoir Fox 2.0 Piggyback RC2 Adjustable Shocks2.5 inch Podium X aluminum body shock

Ultimate Polaris RZR XP Suspension

  • JRi Shocks

Website: www.jrishocks.com

Models: ECX-1 2.5 Series (Shaft Adjustable Compression), JRide

The new JRI 2.5″ Shaft Adjustable Shock eliminates the fluid loss a traditional crossover style compression adjuster sees, by moving the compression adjustment to the shaft. This allows the adjuster to work off the same velocities and volumes seen at the main piston as they are metered through the shaft. The end result is instantaneous reaction times for precision fine tune compression adjustments leading to a balanced ride in all terrain conditions.

JRi ECX-1 2.5 Series Shock

  • King

Website: www.kingshocks.com

King Compression Adjustable UTV Shocks King Compression Adjustable UTV Shocks

  • Retail price for four shocks: $2,600
  • Adjustment: Ride height
  • Springs:
  • Reservoir options: No reservoir
  • Stock Geometry: Rhino, RZR, Prowler
  • Long Travel:
  • Progressive Suspension

Website: www.progressivesuspension.com
Phone: 877-690-7411

Model: 425 UTV Series

Progressive Suspension UTV Shock 425 UTV Series Shocks - Progressive Suspension

  • Radflo Suspension Technology

Website: www.radflo.com
Phone: 714-965-7828

Model: 2.5 Remote Reservoir

Radflo - Rhino Replacement Shock

  • Walker Evans Racing

Website: www.walkerevansracing.com
Phone: 888-933-7223

Model: Stock Replacement with Piggyback

Walker Evans Racing - Stock Rhino Replacemet Shock

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