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1996 foreman lift kit or bigger shocks

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ok i decided to go with 26" tire...maybe mudlites or swamplite but now to decide on lift. i have 8" overall factory and looking to do the lift kit or should i replace shocks with bigger ones.

thanks for any input
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to get a smoother ride with a decent lift you can relocate your rear 400 shocks on the front. You will have to make some upper bushing to install in the top mounts of the rear shocks, its real simple. you will see what I'm talking about once you remove them. On the rear you can buy a used set of rear 450 shocks cheap off ebay and install them on the rear. Here is a picture of the wifes 400 with 450 supension all the way around. So dont compair the front, it has more than just shocks. I posted the picture so you could look at the rear. It is also sporting 27" tires.
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so you think this would be better than buying a lift kit. will the shock change give me at least 1.5 - 2 "

just remove the rear shocks and stick them up front and see if you like it. When both my old 400's where still stock that is what I done and I liked the way it sat and handled.
This works. I bought a set of 450 shocks from a 2000, put them in the rear of my 1999, then moved the stock rear shocks to the front. As far as the bushings go, you can take the ones out of the old front shocks and reuse them in the rear shocks.

Thanks for the suggestion. I now have that extra lift I was looking for, it makes the foreman look very nice.

The only thing that I would add is that you will need some way to compress the front shocks to get them lined up, they are about 1 1/2 inches longer. I fought with mine as i had no tool, i ended up using a jack.
I've done this very same thing to my 400. Works well, looks even better.
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