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Old 08-18-2013, 02:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question What "newer" model shocks on 1984 Indy?

I plan on rebuilding/restoring my 1984 Indy Trail 440 in the next couple months, and would also like to update the shocks. Currently they are the non rebuildable hydraulic shocks, but I would like to be able to get them rebuilt every season or so (and have a better quality ride).

Can anybody give me some info on what years and models front and skid shocks bolt right up and will offer improved suspension? This sled is over 900km away at the moment so I cant go out and measure shock eye to eye distance.

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Old 08-19-2013, 09:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Your not going to gain much in ride quality on a 84, very limited travel on that vintage compared to todays sleds.
I have used the ryde FX shocks in the past and been very happy with them.
I am by no means saying not to do it but I think $$$ vs end result you won't be happy
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lol its actually an 84, not 94. haha i'm more looking at restoring it to run in some relic poker derbies and to give it to my parents to bomb around the bush trails at their place. I was thinking some used fox or maybe walker evans shocks from 90's indies. i'm just not sure which ones will bolt right in.

as kids, me and my brothers used to blow shocks like nobody's business by jumping approaches and drifts with this thing. it got so bad that one trailing arm is bent from landing... we took the physical pain of doing so, we didnt know better haha
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Old 08-20-2013, 02:56 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Back in the day fox and ohlin built aftermarket rebuildable shocks for the gen 1 wedge chassis. We ran both brands getting them from AAen performance. Should be sets of these older fox shocks still around you could locate at any of the guys that rebuild fox shocks.
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Look for Fox shocks off of 1995 or older XCR's or 1993/94 XLT Specials. They will bolt right up. The front suspension shocks and rear skid shocks off of those models will bolt right up to your 1984 Indy.
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Look for Fox shocks off of 1995 or older XCR's or 1993/94 XLT Specials. They will bolt right up. The front suspension shocks and rear skid shocks off of those models will bolt right up to your 1984 Indy.
I'd be a bit careful there. We used a center shock off a regular 95 xlt on an older 87 indy 400...the 95 shock was longer when fully collapsed. It ended up bending the 87's front torque after a ride. Not sure about the rest of those sleds as far as dealing with the rear skid.
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I'd be a bit careful there. We used a center shock off a regular 95 xlt on an older 87 indy 400...the 95 shock was longer when fully collapsed. It ended up bending the 87's front torque after a ride. Not sure about the rest of those sleds as far as dealing with the rear skid.
thats good to know. thanks guys
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I am in a similar situation, I have a 84 indy trail 440. First year with a sled.. Long story short, I need new skid slide rails. My father in-law has a 92 500 xlt parts sled. Does anyone know if i could use the whole skid from the 92? If anyone has any experience with this kind of situation, I would greatly appreciate any help.
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your parts sled couldn't be a 92 500 XLT since 1st XLTs were the 93 model and they were a three cylinder 580 cc engine. If the chassis is a 92, it should have the dial adjust rear suspension and that will bolt right into your 84 Indy trail.
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