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This is a discussion on Fox Shock Tuning within the Suspension and Steering forums, part of the Can-Am Commander UTV Garage category; Added Fox shocks to my Commander XT. Handling was improved a great deal with extremely flat cornering and general day to day trail riding. However, on whoops, the front end ...


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    Added Fox shocks to my Commander XT. Handling was improved a great deal with extremely flat cornering and general day to day trail riding. However, on whoops, the front end still wants to nose down to soon and the rear wants to kick up. Can anyone provide advice as to how to tweak these shocks to keep the machine more level on whoops? It has the standard winch up front and I carry about 60 lbs of gear on a ride. Not sure if the front is too soft, or the rear is too hard and forcing the nose down. Thanx in advance.

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    On my X, I had to take about a half inch of preload out of the rear springs and then turned the top screw in one click. The rear of my Commander would buck really bad but it's perfect now. A little adjustment goes a long way on those things so don't try to take too big of a step. On the fronts, I'd try the damper screw (top screw) before adding preload...

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    Thanx for the advice. When you say turn in or turn out, can you indicate clockwise or counter clockwise? Means more to a dummy like me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dustybuns View Post
    Thanx for the advice. When you say turn in or turn out, can you indicate clockwise or counter clockwise? Means more to a dummy like me.

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    Sorry. Turn in= clockwise= stiffer
    Counterclockwise= softer

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    The.very thing to do is loosen us the preload to get more travel ...then work on the 3 shock adjustments

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    take away preload and lose ground clearance and bottom out on big holes or landing!

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    I appreciate all the advice and observation. It has a serious case of kicking the rear end up so I will set to work. As far as bottoming out, I don't intend to fly so high that landing is just a polite word for crash. Lower air pressure in the tires would help here, I would think......say 5 1/2 to 6 PSI? Again....thanx to all.


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    I had adjusted our shocks and was never happy with the ride ....the ride didn't say it all ...haha......

    Everyone's requirements are different, but when you read the owner's manual for the spring free lengths, keep in mind that the spring recommendations are listed for 2 250# men and 600# of bagged cement out on the farm ....BRP is stating their recommendations for the worst case scenerio ......our requirement is 1 150# driver and an ice chest in the bed ...

    I loosened the spring preload almost as far as possible and we still have not bottomed out jumping in the dunes even with two people in it ....rides like a Cadillac and the shocks are pretty much adjusted right on .....the difference from before to after I would compare to a stock suspension before to installing a mid travel after ....only because of the spring preload adjustment and not much to do with the shock adjustments.....Lance

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    NOw if I could just figure out a way to get that &#%$$@%$ spanner wrench to fit between the shock and %$@%#$ frame I might get somewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dustybuns View Post
    NOw if I could just figure out a way to get that &#%$$@%$ spanner wrench to fit between the shock and %$@%#$ frame I might get somewhere.
    Raise the Frontend and take a drift punch and hammer ...tap the top nut to loosen it ...run it up the shock ...then the bottom one up with the wrench ...take measurements to make both sides the same distance ...same thing for the rear ....trick is is to jack up up each end to lessen pressure off of spring....lanc

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