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I am looking to buy some aftermarket front shocks for my 86 LT. What would be a good choice? I do some track and some trail riding and go Little Sahara State Park about twice a year. I am open to any suggestions.
 

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Depending on your budget. If you are looking to get shocks for little cash I would go with Works. If you have a good about of money to spend get a set of Axis. I have also heard good things about PEP but not sure what the prices will run.

Now the question is Lots of jumps and rough hard aggressive riding? Or just mild jumps and trail riding? Why I ask is this will determine if you want to go with a set of Dual rate or Triple Rate shocks. Not sure what you know about shocks so i will explain this a little for you. If you already know about shocks skip this part.

Dual Rate Springs have 2 springs a soft main spring that gets you over the bumps with a plush ride. Then the upper spring that helps prevent you from bottoming out. The diffenece between your stock shock and a dual rate shock is your main spring is softer to take the bumps better then it has a stiffer spring to take the hard hits. With a stock shock they have to make the 1 spring do both jobs the small bumps and the hard hits.

As you can imagine a Triple Rate shock has another little stiff spring at the top. This makes it like having a shock for soft medium and hard hits. Triple rate shocks also make it harder to bottom out when you land a jump.

If you want a good bang for your buck get a set of triple Rate Works. If you have to much money in your pockets get the Axis Triple rate shocks.

Nice thing about the Axis is they are coated in a material that they say is scratch proof.

Good Luck and let us know what you decide to go with.


suzuki LT250R said:
I am looking to buy some aftermarket front shocks for my 86 LT. What would be a good choice? I do some track and some trail riding and go Little Sahara State Park about twice a year. I am open to any suggestions.
 

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Oh yeah I forgot about Rezzie or Non-Rezzie. Having the Rezzies allows the oils in the shock to cool down faster and minimizing shock memory. If you are out jumping it hard the oil inside will heat up and the shock will start to lose its rebound. With the Rezzie's it allows you to get the oil away from the shock and give it a place to cool down. A very good idea to get rezzie's if you ride hard for long periods of time. Like racing or what not.


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I like to ride hard and I like to jump more than trail ride. I only have about 5 to 7 hundred to spend. Could I get a set of works triple rate with rezzies for that?
 

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I just looked up your quad and they don't sell a triple rate Works shock for the 86 LT250. They do however make a Dual with Rezzie that will cost you $539.95 from www.motojoe.com I looked and no one makes a triple rate for the 85-86 They do make it for the 87 and up. I am not to familar with the differences between the years except for the motor gets a Powervalve in 87 and up. I would look into why you there is a difference in shocks between the years. If you find that it is an a-arm issue look to see if you can mount the 87 and up A-Arm to the 86 then you could get the triple rate. Because the Triple rate with Rezzie is only $579.95 so your not talking a lot of money difference.

Also might want to post a message for Scott in the Soreracing section. Not sure what he sells for shocks but he might have the answer to if you can put 87 and up A-Arms on an 86.

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I like to ride hard and I like to jump more than trail ride. I only have about 5 to 7 hundred to spend. Could I get a set of works triple rate with rezzies for that?
 

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hey don't froget about elka shocks they are really nice units but i'm not sure what you can get for 500-700 works are definalty the cheapest.
 

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Yeah Elka's are nice but if I'm going to pay the money the reviews that I have read say Axis are better. But there is no personal advice in that I have never used either.



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hey don't froget about elka shocks they are really nice units but i'm not sure what you can get for 500-700 works are definalty the cheapest.
 

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Thanks, I will keep all that info in mind when I get ready to buy. Thanks :p
 

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hey banshee i can't say either way. thats because i have a nice set of elkas but i have never used them either. i had just read in dirt wheels that elkas were the new thing. i've also heard good things about axis. actaully i've never heard bad things about any kind of aftermarket shock. i guess everyone makes a quality product. i think works are cheaper because they have been around forever.
 
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