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This is a discussion on X2/X4 bent shock mount thread within the X2/X4 Suspension forums, part of the Yamaha Wolverine X2 & X4 847cc SxS category; This thread is to gather information to determine if there's an issue with bending the shock mounts on the Wolverine X2/X4 and under what conditions. ...

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    X2/X4 bent shock mount thread

    This thread is to gather information to determine if there's an issue with bending the shock mounts on the Wolverine X2/X4 and under what conditions. Many who've installed the Highlifter 3.5" lift kit have bent their shock mounts (and there are some who haven't). There are also some who are stock and have bent them.

    Transparency is a key element here. While I understand that some of you may not want to jeopardize an insurance claim you may have pending if you've experienced it, if there truly is a problem, addressing it with truthful facts is the proper way to do it. I've created a format to use and if you haven't had an issue, please also chime in, especially if you do spirited riding with your X2/X4

    1) Model and year of X2/X4
    2) Have you experienced bent shock mounts?
    3) Stock or size of aftermarket tires
    4) Using a lift kit (which one) or stock?
    5) Using stock or aftermarket shocks (which ones)?
    6) Mileage\hours
    7) Type of typical riding you do including typical speed
    8) If you experienced bent shock towers did you notice it after a specific incident or did you notice it upon casual inspection?
    9) If you experienced bent shock towers what speed were you going and the nature of of the incident such as what type of obstacle or road condition caused it
    10) Pictures of bent shock tower if affected
    11) Video of specific instance that caused the bent shock tower
    12) Video of off-roading where you do spirited riding and have not experienced bent shock towers

    The above format will be edited based on feedback\overlooked facts that need to be obtained.

    I'll also add that if this is an issue, it seems to be easily rectifiable with support brackets, some who've already fabricated on their own. Certainly an opportunity for the aftermarket vendors to take advantage of.

    Finally, I don't think it's an issue for most normal drivers as I don't see enough reports of it.
    Last edited by MassiveOverkill; 04-12-2019 at 10:09 AM.
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    1) Model and year of X2/X4
    2) Have you experienced bent shock mounts?
    3) Stock or size of aftermarket tires
    4) Using a lift kit or stock?
    5) Using stock or aftermarket shocks?
    6) Mileage\hours
    7) Type of typical riding you do including typical speed
    8) If you experienced bent shock towers did you notice it after a specific incident or did you notice it upon casual inspection?
    9) If you experienced bent shock towers what speed were you going and the nature of of the incident such as what type of obstacle or road condition caused it
    10) Pictures of bent shock tower if affected
    11) Video of specific instance that caused the bent shock tower
    12) Video of off-roading where you do spirited riding and have not experienced bent shock towers

    1) 2018 X4, one of the very early models
    2) I have not experienced bent shock mounts
    3) 27" Tusck Terrabites on 12" STI HD beadlock rims
    4) Stock no lift
    5) Stock shocks (for now)
    6) Over 5K miles and over 350 hours
    7) I do highway\in-town driving 50% of the time and the other 50% is on tight technical rocky trails with some forestry roads where faster 20-30 MPH speeds are attained so long as conditions permit
    8) N\A
    9) N\A
    10) N\A
    11) N\A
    12) N\A
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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
    OEM cargo box
    Check out the Yamaha X2/X4 FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/WolverineX2X4/

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    1) 2018 wolverine X4
    2) have not experienced vent shock tower
    3) 28x10-14 tusk terrabites 14" tusk Teton beadlocks
    4)no lift kit. ( Removed highlifter a week after I put it in with no ride time)
    5)used stock shocks for first 580 miles and abused them more that my current 814 suspension dominators. Only because I have had a chance to get a good hard trail ride on them due to weather. I did gain more lift with the 814's than I did the highlifter FYI
    6)700 miles/ not sure how many hours.
    7) 30% highway, Creek riding, steep chirt hill climbs, mild jumping, Rocky technical trails, and try my best to stay away from mud at all cost. Speeds anywhere from slow to WFO.
    8) N/A
    9) N/A
    10) N/A
    11) N/A
    12) N/A
    The Hill climb pictured below was WFO. You can't go up it slow or you'll flip backwards. This was on stock shocks with 28" terrabites. Probably running 30-35 mph at start of hill.
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    just ordered high lifter kit yesterday. think i ll called to cancelled.
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    If there is anybody out there that has bent their shock mounts please post some pics so that we all know where to look. I definitely am a spirited driver and have inspected my mounts since hearing about this and havn't noticed anything but I would like to know exactly where poeple are finding the weak spot.
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    yes pics would be helpful. i had ordered the highlifter kit but cancelled after hearing this. wish there was a kit that lifts at the bottom of the shock.
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    Not mine, but this is with the 3.5" Highlifter kit

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    Last edited by MassiveOverkill; 04-14-2019 at 08:21 AM.
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    Weller Racing ECU flash
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    Walker Evans shocks
    Swiss-cheesed airbox lid
    NGK Laser Iridium spark plugs
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    STI HD beadlocks wearing Tusk Terrabite 27x9x12 tires
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    OEM rock sliders
    OEM A-arm guards
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    Quote Originally Posted by nortonnytro View Post
    yes pics would be helpful. i had ordered the highlifter kit but cancelled after hearing this. wish there was a kit that lifts at the bottom of the shock.
    Gorilla Axle used to make a solid billet aluminum lift kit for the Gen 1 Wolverines that mounted on the a-arms and lifted from the bottom of the shocks. Very simple and very strong, just cost twice as much as the others and they no longer make lift kits.

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    Thanks Massive. I have been looking around as well and come across this thread from last year about bent mounts without a lift. It has some descent pics as well. Not gonna lie. This issue has me worried if it is becoming commonplace. I totally agree with the fact that suspension components should rip off before a frame should bend.

    https://www.wolverineforums.com/foru...eak-point.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by wolvymanx4 View Post
    Thanks Massive. I have been looking around as well and come across this thread from last year about bent mounts without a lift. It has some descent pics as well. Not gonna lie. This issue has me worried if it is becoming commonplace. I totally agree with the fact that suspension components should rip off before a frame should bend.

    https://www.wolverineforums.com/foru...eak-point.html
    I remember that thread and summarily dismissed it because: "I hit it doing around 45". I don't care if it's a tree, a rock, mud, snow, water, or a gaggle of pillows, chances are you're going to bend or break something at those speeds hitting anything but a ghost.
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    Walker Evans shocks
    Swiss-cheesed airbox lid
    NGK Laser Iridium spark plugs
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    STI HD beadlocks wearing Tusk Terrabite 27x9x12 tires
    OEM windshield, soft cab, and roof
    OEM skid plates
    OEM rock sliders
    OEM A-arm guards
    OEM cargo box
    Check out the Yamaha X2/X4 FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/WolverineX2X4/

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