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Old 01-19-2011, 04:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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me and my wife are looking to stiffen up the rear shock on a 95 xlt special. it has the extra 12 on it and it seems to bottom out on bumps. what can i do to stiffen it? can i put a different spring? me and my wife together weigh about 400 lbs and was wondering if anyone has any ideas? or where i can get stiffer springs. i believe they are the fox shocks on it now, purple spring
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You've got the torsion spring adjusters set on high?

They make bigger diameter torsion springs for that.
Part # 7041406-067 for the left and 7041407-067 for the right. They're around $65 a piece though.
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yeah they are on high. i tightened the spring almost all the way it is better but still bottoms out a bit. it might be better once we get more snow but id like to get better rear suspension
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Problem with the bigger springs will be that when you are not both on it, it will bounce you all over and ride horrible. Occasional bottoming isn't that bad as long is it isn't really hard.
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yeah its not that bad, once in a while it will rub, but other then that it rides good. i have the spring set about 3/4 tightened, so i can still go down more.. would it help if i rebuilt my suispension?
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Hello All,

I am wondering if you are talking about two different springs. The rear shock on the skid has a spring over it, and apparently is purple in color, and is said to be ~3/4 preload. There are also two torsion type of springs on the skid as well. These are black in color, have long (12+) arms that ride in sliders behind an idler wheel on each side. There are adjusters on the other end of the spring on the skid near the top rear skid mount. These can also be adjusted to add more rear preload. The long arm must be removed from it's sliding point to release the tension, the block moved to the desired position and the long arm put back in the slider. If the torsion springs and the shock springs are both maxed out then the springs are shot or you need the next larger diameter torsion spring. One could also get a stiffer shock spring as well.

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the only one i mesed with was the one spring that goes over the shock. the purple one u mentioned. i didnt mess with anything else, im wondering if what ur talking about ill help. i will have to try it. thanks
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A spark plug socket will turn the adjuster blocks for the torsion springs. No need to release them from the guides.
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A spark plug socket will turn the adjuster blocks for the torsion springs. No need to release them from the guides.

Hmmm - Interesting - On my wifes 95 XLT Special the preload blocks for the torsion springs are very square. I could see possibly reducing preload without releasing the tension but I would think it would be near impossible to increase it without the tension release. IMHO I would release the tension prior to changing the block position.

Take a good look at the adjusters and try to turn then without releasing the tension. If the force on these plastic items seems to get too high then I would release the tension prior to adjusting.

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They're meant to be turned with preload on them from the factory with the supplied sparkplug wrench. You shouldn't use a ratchet in order to this, use something rigid like a breakerbar or a T handle so you have complete control over the block and it can't freewheel and slam into position.
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