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PostSubject: Honda shocks   Tue Apr 13, 2010 9:55 am

I got a 89 trx300 2wd for a birthday gift from my stepfather. He fronted most of the money and I contributed 200 bucks, so I got a great deal on it. The ride looks really good, just needs some plastic. However the front shocks are the oem type and I really would like to replace them. Most shocks go back to 92 in application. Does anyone know if these shocks can be found in aftermarket form or am I stuck with these oem shocks. Most oem part warehouses don't even stock the oem replacement. Thanks for any suggestions.
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PostSubject: Re: Honda shocks   Tue Apr 13, 2010 1:56 pm

most people i know that own the 300ex and 400ex put the trx450er front shocks on them.

i have had tons of people offer to buy the front shocks off my 450er.

and had alot of them ask if i was going to put aftermarket shocks on the front of mine and what i would do with the stock front shocks if i did.

the front shocks on my 450er haven't presented any problems or failures yet so no need to replace them.... of course very little riding on my 450er since the shop i sent it to damaged my tensioner and timing chain....

and of course iam 165 pounds so the 450er stock shocks will probably be more than fine for me.
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PostSubject: Re: Honda shocks   Tue Apr 13, 2010 2:31 pm

Sorry wolf1, I should have said 89 trx300 fourtrax 2wd. It is not an EX model.
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PostSubject: Re: Honda shocks   Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:40 pm

hmm... i wonder how the sport nodel shocks would work?

the older 250 fourtrax and 300 fourtrax front shocks were pretty weak, i have an 86 250 fourtrax the front shocks are tiny, rear shock is pretty good. i had a 91 300 fourtrax and the only complaint i had with it was the front shocks though they were better than the 250 front shocks.

will look around and see what i have laying around the garage.
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PostSubject: Re: Honda shocks   Wed Apr 14, 2010 7:50 am

Yep, you can find rear shocks all day long for it. I found some oem shocks yesterday but they cost around 271.00 per shock. I'll pass.... Maybe I'll contact a couple of the aftermarket guys and see what they say.
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PostSubject: Re: Honda shocks   Wed Apr 14, 2010 10:31 pm

this might be a silly question or not.....but couldn't you find shocks off other brand Quad that would work just as good?

we have been having this discussion on another fourm about the Foremans and them being non-adjustable, but if a shock fits and is as beefy or more.....what would it hurt?
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PostSubject: Re: Honda shocks   Thu Apr 15, 2010 7:42 am

wydglide wrote:
this might be a silly question or not.....but couldn't you find shocks off other brand Quad that would work just as good?

we have been having this discussion on another fourm about the Foremans and them being non-adjustable, but if a shock fits and is as beefy or more.....what would it hurt?

I agree, however on my Honda, the shocks do not have eyelets on both ends which would be simple to just match a quad with shocks similar to the length that I need. Fabrication time? think
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PostSubject: Re: Honda shocks   Thu Apr 15, 2010 12:35 pm

you can change out beffier shocks as long as they will bolt up, you also have to take into consideration the length.

sometimes a longer shock wont work because the a-arms would have to go so low that the tie rods will hit the lower a-arms or the frame
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PostSubject: Re: Honda shocks   Thu Apr 15, 2010 4:26 pm

wolf1 wrote:
you can change out beffier shocks as long as they will bolt up, you also have to take into consideration the length.

sometimes a longer shock wont work because the a-arms would have to go so low that the tie rods will hit the lower a-arms or the frame

Yes that is exactly what I was thinking, I mean a shock is a shock basically, I just wanted to ask "just" to make sure, as you guys have more experience than I with Quads...

man their talking about paying $400 for a set of shocks and the only thing diff from OEM is that they adjust for weight!

sometimes its better to use your head and not your wallet! LMAO!!!!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Honda shocks   Thu Apr 15, 2010 5:16 pm

shocks are one of the most expensive mods for an atv.

they do offer different tie rod ends i believe to run a longer shock.
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PostSubject: Re: Honda shocks   Thu Apr 15, 2010 5:29 pm

On that bike, if I was you, I wouldnt worry about aftermaket shocks because the price you pay for them wont be worth the gain. The problem with shocks off of a sport quad is that sport quads are a LOT lighter than yours so the weight of your machine will compress them to the point where there is very little to no benefit.

I would look for OEM shocks from a heavier weight bike. Foreman, griz, whatever would fit thats rated for a heavier bike.


Now with that being said, Im basing this from past experience. My first quad was a 88 trx 350 fourtrak and I remember it being extremely heavy. (if my memory isnt tainted)

So I could be way way wrong but in theory I think it would work.
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PostSubject: Re: Honda shocks   Thu Apr 15, 2010 5:39 pm

Well it wouldn't matter what it came off of........ as long as it could carry the weight and matched the length and the eyelets were the same!

Now I am only making conversation here but.......one might be able to hit up a bone yard and find some really great shocks for next to nothing, as we all know they do not GOT to be made for a ATV!

I just love making things off other things work to save a few bucks and its a fun project too
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PostSubject: Re: Honda shocks   Thu Apr 15, 2010 5:45 pm

yeah the sport atv's are lighter, but the shocks are made a little heavier to land the jumps.

also one problem is the length of the sport atv shocks.

sport atv shocks can be a lot longer than utility.

for example the ltz400 front shocks...geeze those suckers are long.

but i do believe the 450r shocks as long as they aren't too long will work well on the fourtrax 300 and 350

i have owned the fourtrax 300 and the front shocks are exceptionally weak for the size of the atv.

i now own the honda 450r and the front shocks are incredible on it.

the fourtrax 300 i had weighed in at 390 pounds, the 450r weighs in at 382 pounds.

i do worry that the 450r front shocks will be a little long.
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PostSubject: Re: Honda shocks   Thu Apr 15, 2010 5:47 pm

right, the point is they can be changed without killling your wallet.

even some of the rear shocks from street bikes are heavier.

just make sure you dont put an air shock on it.. those will blow the seals with heavy use.
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PostSubject: Re: Honda shocks   Thu Apr 15, 2010 5:51 pm

kawasaki used to make a rear shock ... i think it was for the rear of the kz900 that even had dampner adjustment.

they were short fat rear shocks and were pretty heavy

had the dampner adjustment at the top. it was a big aluminum cap that you turned.

pretty nice shocks. i'll bet they'd really work well.

i think i have an old kz900 out back.. i'll check those shocks out on the front of the trx250 fourtrax i have.
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