you could try some lightly used scrambler fox podium X shocks if you found a good used set ? I see them once in a while for sale.After having Elka stage3s on mine for the past year. I am thinking they weren't worth the money. Mine seem to be dialed in but it was hard to get them there. Both rears have oil leaks currently and need a rebuild. Not sure the cost of that. They are better than stock BUT would like to try something with a rebound adjustment. Can't afford a set of stage 4 or 5s.:sad
That is going to vary on every machine and shock, depending on the shock/spring combination, the specs they were built to and the load sitting on them. If your shock has a total of 8" of travel (or the shaft is 8" long), you would have no more than 3" of shaft showing when the SAG is properly adjusted. I think too many people don't understand how shocks/springs work, and really mess up their performance by dialing in way to much preload in an effort to gain ride height.I have never had an leaks on any of mine thankfully and I have had the older series and the new, all with resis...but the older I get the less demanding I am. I just want them to ride plush and thus far that is a elusive challenge. Bob, when you have them setup "correctly" on an ATV, how much shaft do you typically have showing?