In my experience, most people who own Polaris RZR or a Can-am Maverick X3, never check their suspension ride height or the Nitrogen charge in their original or aftermarket shocks.
You probably have seen on advertisements or read on forums, that you should spend thousands of dollars on new springs and re-valving shocks to get a more “plush ride” you are wanting in your side by side. Not to take away from the shocks and spring packages that are for sale, they most certainly will make you UTV handle the bumps and woops better than the stock package.
But the average rider, owning a Polaris or Can-Am, will never check or will know how to adjust for proper ride height. Did you know, that without proper ride height set, your side x side will not handle the way the manufacturer recommends with the shocks and springs it came with from the factory? Just like with your vehicle. If your suspension or even your tires are lower on your vehicle – it won’t drive comfortably or safely.
Your suspension on your Polaris RZR or a Can-am Maverick X3 was designed for your machine at factory ride height. All modern day UTVs have a ride height specification in their service manual (always good to peruse that section). If your ride height is set incorrectly, the suspension may feel stiff or too soft and make you think your shocks and springs need to be changed out to get that better feel.
The springs are what controls the ride height. This is where the shocks control how fast or slow it gets to the bottom or top of the compression and rebound of the spring. Before you invest in re-valving of shocks and springs, make sure your ride is set to the correct factory specification it was meant to have. This is vitally important. After you ensure that your side by side is set up at the correct specifications from the list of checks and adjustments, then go for some rides and adjust out on the trail to see how everything feels.
After all of this is set correctly, and you want an amazing change for your UTV ride, it will be time to step up to shocks and springs that are tailored to your specific riding styles.
Each step of replacing your shocks or understanding how your shocks work in your Polaris RZR or a Can-am Maverick X3 can be a little overwhelming at times. We are always happy to help answer your questions – give us a call or visit the shop today and bring your questions!