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Sport ATV Suspension Revalve Buyer’s Guide

Get a Race-Ready Ride and Save a Grand!

Purchasing a full set of aftermarket shocks can cost between $2500 and $3000. The most expensive revalve kit in this buyer’s guide costs half as much.

Racers and highly-skilled recreational enthusiasts often wind up replacing their ATV’s stock suspension in search of a higher level of performance. With manufacturers attempting to come up with spring rates and valving that will work with a wide range of rider weights and ability levels, it’s hard to come up with stock suspension that works exceptionally for any one person.  During our 450cc Motocross Shootout last year and throughout many of our high-end sport model tests, we often wind up pushing the limits of the suspension’s adjustment to one extreme or another. On stock shocks, we usually wind up going to full soft on many settings looking to make the ride plusher on small- to medium-size bumps. We have also seen stock machines with suspension at the opposite end of the spectrum–– that is too soft.

f your machine doesn’t have shocks that can be rebuilt, you will have to purchase aftermarket shocks.

If you are in need of an upgrade in suspension, you have two choices; well, maybe you have one. If your machine doesn’t have shocks that can be rebuilt, you will have to purchase aftermarket shocks. If you are a casual to serious recreational rider and want to keep cost in check, check out our Budget Suspension Buyer’s Guide for options. If you are looking to get serious into racing, check out our upcoming Racing Suspension Buyer’s Guide.

If your shocks can be rebuilt, then you are in luck! Most shocks that can be rebuilt come standard with nitrogen reservoirs to keep the oil running cool at a race pace. They often feature compression or high and low-speed compression and/or rebound adjustment. Having your stock suspension revalved and resprung specifically for your needs, should yield a shock that will work just as well for 95% of the riders out there as purchasing a complete set of aftermarket shocks, only at half the price. Purchasing a full set of aftermarket shocks can cost between $2500 and $3000.  The most expensive revalve kit in this buyer’s guide costs half as much. You get custom-built race shocks for the price of non-adjustable entry level aftermarket shocks.

The Options

For this buyer’s guide we wanted to focus on complete shock conversion packages for serious rider competitors looking to get the most out of their suspension. Along with offering complete shock conversions, most companies will sell you spring kits and other components separately, allowing you to upgrade your suspension in stages as your skill level and budget increase. Some shock tuners offer different coatings to either protect the shock or enhance performance. A few stock shocks can even have their travel extended. Make sure to check with your suspension tuner of choice for availability.

Companies and Services

Manufacturer: Race Tech

Website: racetech.com

Options Available:Race Series and Sport Series Conversion,$1000-$1380

Race Tech’s Race Series features a zero preload setup, which allows you to lower the machine for MX racing. The Sport Series features a threaded preload and ride height closer to stock. Race Tech says this is a good choice for desert racer sport riders who need maximum ground clearance.

Race Tech’s Race and Sport Series shock conversions are said to, “…transform your stock shocks into high performance, state-of-the-art, racing suspension, for a fraction of the cost of new components. Race Tech can transform your shocks at their headquarters in Corona, CA, or your local Race Tech center can do the conversion for you.

Race Tech disassembles and inspects your shocks, then begins a complete rebuild including fresh Low-Friction Seals, Ultra Slick Shock Fluid, and nitrogen. Race Tech then chooses the proper spring setup and valving based on your weight, riding style, and machine setup. Along with installing new valving, Race Tech replaces the stock piston with their Gold Valve. The Gold Valve is designed to offer unrestricted oil flow to the shim stack preventing any unwanted damping at the piston, which can lead to a harsh feeling on high-speed impacts. Race Tech also offers the option of having your shocks’ bodies hard anodized along with travel extension kits (where applicable).

According to Race Tech’s Todd Davis, “Our shock conversions will easily meet the needs of 90% of the riders out there.” We tried Race Tech’s Race Series shock conversion on our Can-Am DS450 MX Project with outstanding results.

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