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Bit the Bullet - Axis Shocks

Discussion in 'SideWinder Trail Talk' started by rnusr01, Oct 31, 2017.


  1. rnusr01

    rnusr01 Expert

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    2021 MXZ-XRS 850
    Hi Guys

    Well after some debate and much research I decided to get the full custom Axis shocks from Hygear. After all the mods I cant wait to ride even though I may have to pinch a tent cause of it.:letsnow:
     
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  3. ROCKERDAN

    ROCKERDAN OCD Sledhead VIP Member

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    Just wondering what model you have? How do they cost compared to the proven/well setup Qs3R?

    I always worry about aftermarket, just due to how they may be set up, and then you can end up fine tuning the valving to get it to your liking.

    Im sure Hygear will have you setup in no time....post up some pics when you get it all together!
     
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  4. **sj**

    **sj** Lifetime Member Lifetime VIP Member VIP Member

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    very nice setup....should be a caddy..
     
  5. rnusr01

    rnusr01 Expert

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    I have the LTX-SE. After talking to many suspension "experts" I felt most comfortable with the Axis. I evaluated Elka, Fox, Ohlins, and Axis. The nice thing is these are all hand built to chassy, rider weight, rider type etc and are not off the shelf production shock although you pay for it. It replaces all 4 shocks and shold have a great balance.I found the stock rear suspension pretty good but the fronts not so much, easily bottom, relatively flat and un responsive.
     
  6. VX1R

    VX1R Lifetime Member Lifetime VIP Member VIP Member

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    Current Riders:
    2021 SW SRX
    2018 SW LTX-LE
    Vintage Riders:
    1980 Enticer 300 Twin
    1984 SS440
    1986 Excel 3
    1986 Inviter
    1996 Phazer Mt. Lite Mod
    1998 Phazer Mt. Lite
    I know...These are rookie numbers, I need more sleds!
    Way to go Rick with stepping up to the plate and getting a full set of Custom Axis shocks for your LTX-SE ;)!

    Now you can enjoy as many cheeseburgers as you'd like and still have a great ride after you've chowed down.

    You know how much I liked the Custom Axis shocks in my SW last year and I'm pretty sure that you're going to really enjoy your SW all the more this winter with the new shocks.

    We recently picked up another SW for my wife ('18 LT-X LE) that comes with the high zoot Kashima coated Fox QS3R shocks so I will have a chance to test and compare the Custom Axis to the top of the line Fox shocks this season with the same model sleds. My wallet is really hoping that she's happy with the Fox shocks :eek:
    :sled1:
     
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  7. cannondale27

    cannondale27 Moderator Staff Member Moderator Vendor Lifetime VIP Member VIP Member

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    My 129 is different valving very close but I bet VX1r would let you use his name and ask for same valving since I believe his is 137. Ideally you want clickers near middle. I know they have my specs.
     
  8. rnusr01

    rnusr01 Expert

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    Thanks cannondale27. I spoke to Hygear a few times and they have a baseline for this chassy, rider weight, 4 stoke etc. They said the same thing it should be within the middle on the adjustments and if for some reason I am at one end or the other to send them back for a revalve. In discussion with them seems as though very few go back except to do maintenance.
     
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  9. fxnytrortxkid

    fxnytrortxkid TY 4 Stroke Master

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    09 nytro rtx
    Axis is best option had them on my nytro and they we’re fantastic. 3-4 clicks one way or the other and it made huge diff in ride. The qs3 are the best shock fox can produce and are a formidable stock option but don’t hold a candle to a true performance built shock. With that said it’s also more than sufficient for 99% of the trail and aggressive trail world. But if coming out of pocket and price is only cpl hundred apart like the axis is. Def go axis if you can afford to. I had my custom ones from my nytro redone for my winder. And am super excited. Gonna compare to my dads qs3r also have set of Ella stage5 and stock fox 1.5r I wanna run back to back this winter and do comparison
     
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  10. Beerman

    Beerman I can actually hear myself getting fatter Lifetime VIP Member VIP Member

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    arttyszka
    Dare I ask what a set like this costs? Been thinking of buying the Fox QS3R (LE-set) from from Babbitts, but . . .
     
  11. rnusr01

    rnusr01 Expert

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    Am I allowed to post that?
     
  12. jlinstruth

    jlinstruth Extreme

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    2018 Yamaha sidewinder ltx se
    Costs are posted on hygear website, they are good at what they do there at hygear.
     
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  13. Yamadog

    Yamadog Lifetime Member Lifetime VIP Member VIP Member

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    I have been running them for 3 yrs in my xtx's after the junk stock fox floats and $1500 for Evol rc2's they made the sled rideable by far and the rear shock handles any hard hit
     
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  14. ROCKERDAN

    ROCKERDAN OCD Sledhead VIP Member

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    That was my only concern. I have gone this way before, and end up chasing tail for a few seasons until valving felt right. I know for some guys(Be it very light or very heavy guys) are often better off going aftermarket to get things closer for them.

    It sounds like you guys did your homework with Hygear and Axis are a hi quality brand. Should make for a nice custom ride, after all it only has to be perfect for you.

    It sure will be heads and tails above the SE stock shocks.

    ;)!
     
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  15. cannondale27

    cannondale27 Moderator Staff Member Moderator Vendor Lifetime VIP Member VIP Member

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    Even if you do have to get them revalved its a pretty painless process and there usually is a break in season where its not a big deal. I know when I sent mine back they added a one way to rebound circuit so rebound adjuster doesnt affect compression and hit the valving right on. Free. Within 2 clicks of middle.That was 2 years ago so I am sure they have them dialed in even better out of box. Like said everyone rides different so its a tough job. But I am happy and no more water in oil like stockers. Have always run Axis for aftermarket. Saved my Phazer suspension and saved my butt on quads many times. Been great on Viper so far. Broader range than the base Qs3. Not sure about the QS3R's they may be just as broad but have the 3 way clicker too. Will be interesting seeing what VX1R sayd and my riding buddy ditched his base QS3's for the QS3r's too so will get to do some nice comparisons. Cant wait!
     
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  16. gytr done

    gytr done Expert

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