The factory springs on my 2000 450es seemed pretty soft to me. I just put 27" Mud Lites on it last weekend and the bike would sit about the right height (CV joints at a good angle) without me on it. But when I'd sit on it the springs would sag and drop at least 1". I didn't want to do a lift kit cause the front CV binding issues some have had when the weight comes off the front end. The new springs hold the bike a tiny bit higher than the stock springs but the great thing is it doesn't drop much when I get on it. I really like the ride and handling with the new springs.
That being said I would never install springs myself again. Maybe if I had some super cool tool to compress the springs, but maybe not even then. I highly recommend the springs, just pay someone else to install them. I used a 20ton press and a bearing splitter to compress mine, never again.
For another 20 dollars I bought the spring compress tool. It was easy as pie to do with the tool. I have installed about 4 sets on different atv's including mine. Did they offer the tool when ever you bought the lift springs?
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