How involved are you in your own UTV handling?
Including Polaris, Can-Am, Yamaha, Honda, Textron
Suspension Handling = Shocks, Springs, & Ride Heights working together.
Ride heights are determined from the factory, and they have set guide lines. This is because all of the suspension geometry from the factory works best when within their specifications.
What is changed when ride heights are outside of specs?
This is why I highly suggest several times a year you go back to a flat surface, and set your ride heights to the recommended factory settings.
You will be surprised that it could very easily be out of measurement from when you initially set it.
Obviously, you will have to make some adjustments for certain additions, like oversized tires - measure the difference in height of the tire and divide this in half, then add or subtract to the ride height measurement.
Have the ride heights set to the recommended heights, along with a complete set-up sheet for all your weights, measurements, alignments and spring rates. I believe, with this information, you can make a better decision on the suspension upgrades you choose.
You will be making the decision based on what your sport UTV is needing to make your ride smoother for the conditions YOU drive.
I believe there are many suspension shops that know and work their shocks & springs well. To optimize your UTV riding experience, you should know how your vehicle is set up and know all the measurements on the set- up. While driving your Polaris, Can-Am, Yamaha, Textron UTV, you can now start to think about what and where your vehicle could improve in terms of handling better.
After you get more seat time and consciously think about and adjust your UTV suspension settings (which all of the high- end shocks that come on UTV’s, including Fox, Walker Evans). Now you will test drive to see how much better or worse it is after you have made a big enough adjustment to feel the difference. This will start giving you the seat of the pants feel.
The first adjustment I would start making is your shock adjustments, that come on most of the UTV’s now, start with just one main adjustment, but make it big enough so you will know what the particular change felt like.
For example, adjust your compression knobs in or out ¾ of the total possible turns, and then after testing it out, you might make a rebound shocks adjustment, if your shocks have this option.
Getting to know your ride - how it handles bumps and woops - why you should change settings and how much improvement is made will make a better and fun experience for you.
Once you have set up your UTV to specs and have driven it enough to know that you want even better handling... now it might be time to make a bigger investment into your shock and spring package.
I will be going through this exact process on my own 2017 Polaris XPT, and then will be purchasing upgraded springs along with rebuilding my Fox shocks.