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This is a discussion on Walker Evans X2/X4 Aftermarket Shock Review within the X2/X4 Suspension forums, part of the Yamaha Wolverine X2 & X4 847cc SxS category; Without being able to do extended riding on the trails I can't give a final rating but I would put the stock X4 shocks at ...

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    Without being able to do extended riding on the trails I can't give a final rating but I would put the stock X4 shocks at maybe a 5 and the Walker Evans an initial score of an 8. The stock shocks do much better with 4 passengers vs 2.

    Here's some footage of me going up/down my rain-rutted road and then going over some bumps and a drainage ditch in town. With stock shocks an my 18 PSI of tire pressure I would have felt every one of those ruts whereas the Walker Evans simply soak them up. I find myself seeking out ruts instead of avoiding them! I've never run over that drainage ditch that fast before, always slowing down before hitting it.

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    Like previously stated the x4 shocks are worse than the X2. The Resi shocks on the X2 are good with a lot of adjustment. . The only down side are the springs. The springs sag way to much.

    Thanks for the very detailed review guys!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 19Wherry View Post
    Like previously stated the x4 shocks are worse than the X2. The Resi shocks on the X2 are good with a lot of adjustment. . The only down side are the springs. The springs sag way to much.

    Thanks for the very detailed review guys!
    X4 owners might benefit from just a spring upgrade and not have to spend so much on a full setup. I'm sure you can get the same springs that the Walker Evans come with from Eibach.
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    In addition to this sale going on now use coupon code 'yamaha10' for an additional 10% off your order when you order 4 shocks
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    Measured my stuff again and found a few things:
    1. When I measure my rear preload the same way as massive mine come out to 70mm (might explain why I have a tad more lift)
    2. My fronts measure out to 50mm

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    Around 13.5” of ground clearance out back




    When measured under the front frame rail like massive I have 12” of ground clearance, my skid plate eats up some of that so I think I’ll adjust the preload to 60mm in front to get some additional lift to match the rear more closely


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    When I'm done with my review I'm looking for X2 R-Spec\SE owners who would be interested in buying my Walker Evans with a discount given for their stock KYB piggyback shocks. I want to compare the stock KYB piggbacks to the Walker Evans.

    On a side note: We have ANOTHER winter storm and temps have dropped about 30-35 F (we're at 30F, 2 degrees below freezing) and you can feel the difference in the ride, which is now a little harsher so I'm going to change the dial to a softer setting until we get back to normal temps.
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    I had to take my wife to and from work yesterday because of the snow and she says the X4's ride is now like being in a car.
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    Walker Evans shocks
    Swiss-cheesed airbox lid
    NGK Laser Iridium spark plugs
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    Any update on the performance of the WE shocks? The stock rear setup on the X2 RSpec is unnacceptable. I have made every possible adjustment and they are absolutely too stiff for the riding I do. I have to make a change. I would prefer to have a full custom setup that can be tuned to my preference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grizzlysituation View Post
    Any update on the performance of the WE shocks? The stock rear setup on the X2 RSpec is unnacceptable. I have made every possible adjustment and they are absolutely too stiff for the riding I do. I have to make a change. I would prefer to have a full custom setup that can be tuned to my preference.
    I have a 16 gig video uploading to YT now and will post it when it's done of our 2nd Annual Custer Off Road Rally. The shocks did really well. I must have put 400 miles on her in the past week running the route to clear and mark it and my wife came along for half that time. We were really pressed for time when we marked the route so I was going full bore through the course even through the rough stuff, something I would not be able to do with stock X4 shocks. I really do need to slow down though as I'm sure I'm going to break an axle if I don't.

    They are a definite improvement over stock X4 shocks and the ride on stock settings is much softer at 5 clicks. I still have both sway bars hooked up and am itching to install pins on my end links so I can disconnect my front which I think will prevent a lot of the see-saw side-to-side movement. I did increase rear compression\rebound up 1 click to help eliminate body roll as you do notice a little more body roll with the Walker Evans on stock setting.

    Will they be better than X2 shocks? I believe so but probably not as dramatic a difference as the X4 shocks. Also keep in mind I'm still running 18 PSI in my Tusk Terrabites.
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    Hunterworks prototype sheave with easy cleanout port, 22 gram HV weights
    Weller Racing ECU flash
    HMF Titan Series Quiet slip-on Exhaust
    Walker Evans shocks
    Swiss-cheesed airbox lid
    NGK Laser Iridium spark plugs
    Tinkseal additives
    STI HD beadlocks wearing Tusk Terrabite 27x9x12 tires
    OEM windshield, soft cab, and roof
    OEM skid plates
    OEM rock sliders
    OEM A-arm guards
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    Nice review. Good to hear the Walker Evans are an all around improvement! Awesome shocks.

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