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post #11 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-19-2010, 06:32 PM
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what aftermarket a arms can i run with my stock shocks, because i sent my shocks to rocket ron and he said if its half and inch then it will be fine it will just lower the quad some, let me know plz
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post #12 of 20 (permalink) Old 04-18-2011, 12:42 AM
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There is not a perfect setup that will work for everyone.Quite agree with
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When measuring the ride height at the pegs, is that the distance from the pegs to the ground? Or the distance from the frame in the center of the quad to the ground (at the centerline of the pegs)? And, measuring the shocks at the front with the front off the ground, is the stock length of 12.8in, on the XMX model, the length of both springs? Or just the bottom/main spring? Thanks
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I used the frame right in front of the pegs. I also checked at the front of the frame for a level stance. It's just what I did. But I would measure from the frame at all times and mark the frame where you measure so you measure at the same place each time.

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awesome, great info and helps us newer guys getting started, thank you.
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I rode on some rough bumpy sand this weekend and I wondered if adjusting it to a softer setting would help smooth it out or not? I read in the manual there is a spring adjustment and a shock adjustment. So any advice as to what to try in setting both? My handle bars were rocking back and forth and I just couldnt ride at the speed I wanted. Any speed really was extremely bumpy. I hope an adjustment will help but not sure which way to adjust or how much???
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Leave the springs alone if you like them that way for normal riding and the height you want. Once they are set, what did was set the valving upper and lower at factory which is about the middle. Then I softened up the bottom adjustment till it felt good, one click at a time. then I fine tuned the upper, by going softer also one click at a time. You will find your happy spot fairly quick in choppy sand. The adjustments are most noticable than what you would think.

My dune settings are
Front top 13 click from hard
bottom 6 click from hard

Rear top 5 click from soft
bottom 16 click from soft

I go around 250 with gear and 6'3". I also like a softer ride in the dunes kind of like floating on glass.

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I picked up a set of xmx shocks and need a starting point for tuning, can someone give me the factory set adjustments for compression and preload? Thanks! Also can someone give me alittle input on high and low speed compression and what is what. Like is a jump and braking bumps high speed and the face of the jump and rollers low speed? Thanks
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For stock Can-Am DS450 (Shock settings) and other Can-Am ATVs, you can check out the BRP operators guides here:

BRP -- Operator's Guides

Hope it helps!

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Taken from Fox Shocks site. Dual Speed Compression setup is same theory on any shock. Pretty straight forward. Hope this helps.

DSC (Dual Speed Compression)

HSC Adjustment Range
The High Speed Compression (HSC) adjuster mainly affects compression damping during medium to fast suspension movements such as steep jump faces, harsh flat landings and aggressive whoops. The goal is to run as little high-speed compression damping as possible without bottoming.

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The Low Speed Compression (LSC) adjuster primarily affects compression damping during slow suspension movements such as G-outs or smooth jump landings. It also affects wheel traction and the harshness or plushness of the vehicle (note that low-speed has nothing to do with the speed of the vehicle). Choose an LSC setting that gives good body control without causing excessive harshness or loss of traction.
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