My rears have only about 1" more adjustment. The fronts have around 2" more. I used the tool that came with them to adjust them. Make sure you jack up the machine before adjusting. Originally when I put them on I lost 3" of the OEM ride height. The ride was soft and cushy like the stock ride. Most trails I ride here in Utah are very rocky and I was bottoming out a lot. That is why I almost maxed out the preload on the Elkas. I did get the ride height back and a touch more by doing the preload adjustment. The ride stiffened alot over the OEM ride, it is not an issue for me because I am a very aggressive rider and these 1000s are heavy and when mine is fully loaded it has to be pushing close to 7-8 hundred pounds (a guess). I was still bottoming out.
Since installing the lift I stopped probably over 90% of the bottoming out. This coming week will be a good test as I will be riding a VERY rocky area in southern Utah. I am going to back off a little of the preload to try and soften the ride up a little.
As of right now I love the lift, and the look the lift gives the machine. I was worried about raising the center of gravity, but last week I was riding the slick rock in Moab on very steep off camber angles and had no problems at all.
My name is Mike
These are a couple of my many rides:
2018 Sportsman 1000Xp
Havasu red pearl
3500# Polaris winch with wireless remote
2500# Badland rear mounted winch with wireless remote
Interco Sniper 920 tires
Elka stage 3 shocks
Ricochet 8 piece belly armor with UHMW composite slides
Bad boy airhorn
Tusk street legal kit
Bar end rearview mirrors
LED daylight driving lights
Koplin lock N ride tool/gun holders
Tusk heated grips and thumb warmer
Polaris rear third brake light
Polaris ultimate hand guards and mounts
12" quad row LED light bar
Rear LED flood lights
Bluetooth Firehouse sound system
Gen 3 Spot locator
Garmin 750T GPS/GMRS radio
Go Pro with mounts all over
2004.5 Sportsman 500 50th Anniversary edition
Sadly collecting dust in the shop, now that I got the 1000XP
Last edited by rutcutter; 04-14-2019 at 07:03 AM.
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