A simple show and tell about how to adjust your shocks. If people want a LOT more in depth article on how the shock works and how to adjust I posted some links in the Suspension section.
Yes but with the static sag adjustments that they are making available on the wildcat the 6" of thread that you are seeing can be used to dramatically change the purpose of the wildcat.
I agree, as long as you can make use of all of the 6" of available preload adjustment. The upper spring I see bound up has only 4 wraps, and looks like a very light spring...I bet it's no longer then 5" tall in a free state...and yet we have 6+" of available adjustment to use, and that's before the preload to simply hold the vehicle at nominal ride height.
When I was racing ovals with my DVX with the elka shocks that I had on it I had it set up real low. Not much thread left on the top side. When I was running motocross, I had a lot of thread showing. I needed to be somewhere in the middle to handle the big hits from the doubles. The spring rate is going to remain constant.
again I agree, the rate is constant, but what you are changing is the amount of useable spring rate, for example a 10" spring will have a stack height (compressed height) of aprox 5"...kind of a general rule of thumb, a spring will collapse to 1/2 it's free state height. Say that spring is a 200 lb rate spring. It'll take 200lbs to compress that spring 1" and double every inch for the remaining 4" of compression. 5" of spring compression yields 3200 lbs total spring load, changing the compressed height 2" less yields only 800 lbs of spring load.
The only thing that is going to change is how rapidly it reaches the point of full compression.
Full compression..That's the thing I want to avoid...that's when things bend and brake...been there done that!
The coil is the same size regardless. You can change characteristics about the spring but the rate doesn't change.
unless you change the rate...200 225 250 275 300 325 and on and on
The wildcat is not a car
In my book if it has 4 wheels and a steering wheel it's a car....an offroad car
it is designed for off road driving and the many different terrain types that you can come across. Dog
We must have read the same book!I am guessing that adjuster on the WE shocks is a low speed just like the fox on the rzr. Why not put high speed only if you are doing single compression only? Low shaft speed compression adjustment is basically worthless for offroad riding as most people are going to care more about fast shaft speed dampening such as sharp whoops, jumps, or drop offs. Also, why state changing preload is an adjustment for ride characteristics? Every thing I have ever read on shock adjustment says preload is meant to serve 1 purpose only, to set the ride height, not a means of dampening.