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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; WE = Walker Evans In the following 2 videos ignore the support string to the left as tension between the two takes differs. I had ...

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    Walker Evans X2/X4 Aftermarket Shock Review

    WE = Walker Evans

    In the following 2 videos ignore the support string to the left as tension between the two takes differs. I had to change the camera angle slightly in the two videos as the WE has 1" more lift and had to rotate the camera slightly down to capture the ground. DO pay attention to how often the tire leaves the ground, which admittedly both do a decent job except in the stock shock vid you can see the tire leave the ground at one point pretty dramatically. Obviously I can't follow the exact same path with surgical precision in each video, even though they're taken along the same stretch of trail. I'm obviously going a little faster in the stock shock video as it's 7 seconds shorter, but I don't think it's that much faster to make a discernible difference. Stock front and rear roll bars are still installed. I'm running 18 PSI in my tires, which is higher than most run.

    Stock front shocks



    Walker Evans shocks installed on the fronts, stock self-leveling shocks still installed out back with compression\rebound set to 5 from softest and pre-load at default 6 CM.



    After this last video I proceeded to install the WE rear shocks but have yet to go back on the trail, but I can tell you the front shocks alone made a huge difference soaking up bumps, you could feel the rear jumping around with the stocks still in place. With all 4 WE shocks installed, driving down the road and my gravel driveway you no longer feel sharp or small bumps as they are either completely absorbed or greatly dampened from before.

    The WE shocks have about 2-3" of floatiness. When you push down on the front end the first 2-3" are really easy before you feel real resistance. I attribute this to the WE shocks absorbing all the small rough stuff such as washboard. It rained yesterday and I purposely went over the washboard and it was like it wasn't even there. It's too bad I didn't have the suspension cam still installed.

    Sway bar action. The few side wind gusts that hit me going into town didn't catch me off guard like they normally do. I may have to do more testing but if I had to characterize it now, I would say sudden abrupt side tilting is greatly reduced but softer changes such as going around a corner at higher speed is slightly more, keep in mind I'm 1" higher than before as well.

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    Looking forward to hearing your input!!
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    Stop teasing me like that.
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    i need to know this ASAP as this may be a turning point in keeping the machine or not..... knowing we can improve the speed is a plus, now i just need to see if better shocks really improve the overall ride

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    Quote Originally Posted by Idahox4 View Post
    i need to know this ASAP as this may be a turning point in keeping the machine or not..... knowing we can improve the speed is a plus, now i just need to see if better shocks really improve the overall ride
    I can tell you that pretty much any aftermarket shock and even retrofitting X2 shocks to the X4 will improve ride tremendously. It's just a matter of which one is best (for your purposes)\budget.
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    Walker Evans shocks
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    NGK Laser Iridium spark plugs
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    STI HD beadlocks wearing Tusk Terrabite 27x9x12 tires
    OEM windshield, soft cab, and roof
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    Quote Originally Posted by MassiveOverkill View Post
    I can tell you that pretty much any aftermarket shock and even retrofitting X2 shocks to the X4 will improve ride tremendously. It's just a matter of which one is best (for your purposes)\budget.
    What shock is on the X2

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    Quote Originally Posted by 650pilot View Post
    What shock is on the X2
    Fully adjustable KYB® piggyback shocks
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    Hunterworks prototype sheave with easy cleanout port, 22 gram HV weights
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    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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    The KYB on the X2 would be a good shock but the spring they chose in my opinion is junk. There is an option to change the springs from JBS. It adds 2 inches of height and a great ride. Quality springs. Some of us have height issues due to trailering and the extra 2 inches doesn’t make this option possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MassiveOverkill View Post
    I can tell you that pretty much any aftermarket shock and even retrofitting X2 shocks to the X4 will improve ride tremendously. It's just a matter of which one is best (for your purposes)\budget.
    I drive fairly aggressively, and I want a smoother ride for the family when I have the kids in the back. Very tempted to pull the trigger on some WE's I dont want just springs and I already have ample ground clearance with the 28's

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    What pressure are you running in your tires? Im at 11 psi and my X4 with stock shocks and it rides like a dirt caddy. Lol. All kidding aside I have been very impressed with how my X4 rides. It also seems to get smoother with passengers in it. I just don't like the lack of adjustability of the X4's shocks. Yamaha stuck it to us X4 owners with the X2's adjustable resi shocks and reverse lights. Already got one fixed though.
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