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Old 12-23-2003, 03:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My friend just picked up a 02 zr 800 with 790 miles... here it is 1,100 miles later and every shock in the pig is shot. I ride my stuff harder and faster then him and never seen shocks need to be rebuilt so bad so fast. My one friend said they are garbage shocks. I took the sled for a ride and it was scary also my zrt 800 with 2800 miles handles like a dream still on all stock suspension and shocks. Hes a heavy guy around 240 LBS but still all the shocks shouldnt be shot at 1,100 miles. I told him to rebuild the rear and put in 2up coil springs or like i did with my Tcat... threw away the garbage stock shock in the rear and put in a RYDE FX 9200 series shock with beefed up coils which took care of that problem. Should he get rid of the front or rear shocks or rebuild them and get stiffer front and rear springs? What would you do?
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Old 12-23-2003, 03:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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My K2 smartride shocks were so whipped at 1200 miles that you can push them in and out with 1 finger, and they stay wherever you position them..
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Old 12-23-2003, 03:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
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ACT shocks are almost an exact copy of the fox shocks. The main difference I see is the caps are never installed as tight from the factory as the Fox shocks and they seem to be dirtier than the Fox's the first time they are taken apart. The loose caps let the nitrogen escape easier and may also allow air into the fluid end. The ACT oil is junk and always smells like a dead animal. Once propery rebuilt with good oil ACT's seem to last just as long as Fox do. Remember the manual says to rebuild your shocks after the first 200 miles. That's to get the dirty oil and junk out of the shock before it damages the shock. It's just like you do with a new car motor, run it 500 miles and change oil and filter to get all the junk out from the inital break in. Get all the shocks rebuilt and at 240 lbs heavier rear springs would help the shock life as well.
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Old 12-23-2003, 07:48 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 12-23-2003, 10:06 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Fastcat800, you hit the nail on the head. After 1st rebuild they will last a long time I had 8 shocks rebuilt this year--6 had air in them. I get my maintainence done in September, so I beat the crowds.............tigger
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Old 12-23-2003, 10:44 PM   #6 (permalink)
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fastcat800 is rightall i seen different in the two shock's is the black coating on the shock tube and shaft.i rebuilt them useing the tool's and seal's from my 95 zrt 800 fox's.after 2800 mile's of hard riding.1 front shock leaking externally alittle and the front skid was wasted with gas in the oil.surprizingly ,the bushing and lower cap was still in excellent condition. i have ifp height's if needed....al...
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Old 12-24-2003, 06:52 AM   #7 (permalink)
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it's the seals. change the seals to a quality seal such as syn-tech or dey-core and they will last much longer
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Old 12-24-2003, 07:16 AM   #8 (permalink)
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:beerchug: Dave what's your turn around time right now on rebuilding 4 remote resevoir ACT shocks? Thanks-Jim.
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Old 12-24-2003, 06:27 PM   #9 (permalink)
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You can rebuild a hundred times but will never last untill you put in heavier springs
Over 200 lbs,you must install heavier springs..all three in rear skid
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Old 12-25-2003, 11:13 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Jim, I am running 3-4 days for turn around right now. Dave
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