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Old 04-19-2010, 12:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have an 08 Rancher 420 and the rear shock seems very soft. Its very hard to drive with a passenger on it as the rear squats too much.

Any ideas? or what type of replacement shock to get. I really do not know too much about it. Any help greatly appreciated.
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Old 04-19-2010, 01:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The Rancher is not made for passengers.
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Old 04-19-2010, 02:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The Rancher is not made for passengers.
Well, that I didn't know when we bought it. My wife and I like to ride together. Is there anything I can do such as getting a different shock for the rear or something? Something a lot stiffer?
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Old 04-19-2010, 03:12 PM   #4 (permalink)
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High Lifter makes a replacement shock thats supposed to hold 100 lbs more than the stock ones.
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Old 04-19-2010, 03:34 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thank you shep83.
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you should be able to get by with just replacing the spring. Highlifter sells just the spring or you can replace the whole shock. The spring along will give it more payload over factory and help with the sagging.

There are a few different ways to give it more support, the cheapest is to install spring spacers. They are made of different materials such as pvc, alum and steel. All of these are homemade. 2'' spring spacers will give you all the support you will every need, you may even be able to drop down to 1.5''.

Measure the diameter of the shock itself and this will give you the pipe ID. using a piece of pvc pipe and a glue on coupling with give you the thickness you need to support the spring.

The biggest problem is that you will need a spring compressor to take the shock apart to install a new spring or spacer.
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Old 04-20-2010, 10:24 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Is it possible the shock I have is bad?? I weigh about 190lbs and I can push on the rear of it and it will go all the way down and bottom out and I can hold it there.
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Old 04-20-2010, 11:24 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Could be possible but the rear shocks on the Ranchers are pretty soft. I've got an '07 Rancher and it is pretty soft but I still ride with my girl on the back and it doesn't seem to affect it that much.
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Old 04-20-2010, 11:28 AM   #9 (permalink)
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The manufactures put soft suspension on them because the majority of the owners want a softer ride. Get the HL spring or a spring spacer like Dirty was talking about (a few have used a hockey puck) and you'll be good to go.
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Old 04-20-2010, 09:21 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I appreciate all the input...thanks. Im gonna try the rear spring and see how that goes.
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