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Old 01-26-2015, 03:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just wonder what set up you guys have on your sleds. I have new to me a 2010. I do all trail riding and not afraid to hit the big bumps what has worked best for you guys.

front shock springs tension?
center spring?
rear spring settings?

any help would be great!
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Old 01-26-2015, 03:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If you plan on hitting any bumps with the stock CFR8 shocks be very afraid!!Here's a little info concerning CFR suspension:

As I'm sure some of you are aware I've been very vocal about what a turd I believe the skid suspension is in the CFR. the following is an overview of the steps taken by a group of 4 different CFR owners to remedy this issue over the last year and a half.

Tried the Fett Bros. stage 2 suspension upgrade, while an improvement it did not remove the CFR's tendency to try to buck you off the sled if you hit more than 2 moguls in a row, different springs and 2 revalves later with minimal success we moved on. I don't have any issues with Fett Bros. as they could only do so much with what they had to work with at a given cost.

Next on the list one of our group shipped his complete skid to Carver Performance, his skid sat there for a few month's and was supposed to be put on a dyno of some type, don't know what efforts were made in that regard but they did send 2 different shocks that he said were basically not good for the application. After a lot of time spent he got the impression they were to busy with other projects to address his shock issues.

Next we contacted all the major shock Mfgs. Fox,Walker Evans,Ryde fx,Ohlins etc,etc,etc, none were interested as we couldn't guarantee enough sales to warrant involvement.....fair enough.

Next one of the guys in our group heard about an article in one of the snowmobile magazines from 2009 where Exit Racing Shocks had built a set of shocks for a guy for his cfr and in the article the guy expressed how pleased he was with the shocks, sometime shortly afterwards the guy was killed in a ATV accident so the project was shelved and forgotten about.

Armed with a little info another of the guys in our group approached Exit about our needs, turns out Exit still had all the info and with a little updating is now building top notch shocks for the CFR skid.

Today I went out for my first test ride, immediately I found myself running 10-15 mph faster than normal due to how planted and stable my sled felt. When I got to an area that's rough I found myself running 20-25 mph faster than before and significantly faster than I would on my 03 440/700 S/P.

Well CFR owners I hope i've helped save you a lot of cost and aggravation finding a solution to the CFR's turd of a skid. I'm so pleased with the results I can see myself keeping this sled another 5 years.
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Old 01-26-2015, 04:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Im sure there a great shock. but dumping $2000 in shocks for me is a little rich. maybe get them revalved but that would be it.and by looking at your goodies on your sled its one bad ass sled.

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Old 01-26-2015, 04:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If you get them revalved tell them to make the rebound a LOT faster, the rebound on them is useless.
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Old 01-26-2015, 04:51 PM   #5 (permalink)
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thanks good to know!
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Hey Hesh did you ever try Hygear for your CFR issues?
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Old 01-27-2015, 11:10 AM   #7 (permalink)
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No I went with Fox Evol R's on the front and Z-Bros Exit racing shocks on the skid, a friend bought a used set of reworked with resi HyGear shocks and he's very happy with them, especially since he paid 600.00 for all 4.
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