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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-29-2018, 03:57 AM Thread Starter
 
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I'm looking for a stock rear axle to have as a spare for my '14 T4 and it looks like Kawasaki used a different part number on the 12-13 machines, but every aftermarket axle manufacturer seems to list the same part for all of them. Does anybody know what the difference is or maybe can confirm that the 12-13 axles will work in a '14? Also, if I wind up doing rhino axles in the rear are there any issues with them? The rhinos I put on the front have CV joints that are noticeably larger than the stock ones, which is great, but in the rear one of the ridges on the inner boot actually just touches the frame at full droop now that I have Viking shocks. If the joint was bigger I'm afraid it would be enough to cause a real problem, which is why I'm looking for a stock axle in the first place.

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All gen 2 teryx's share same axles front till even today I believe
And all 2012 -2015 are same.
2016 +rears are different
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Thanks Nick! Now I just need to find a stock axle for reasonable money! Anybody know if the rhinos will work with the extra travel the Viking shocks give? If I have to go down that road in the future it would be nice to know. The shocks are AWESOME by the way. If anybody is considering them, just do it!
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Thanks Nick! Now I just need to find a stock axle for reasonable money! Anybody know if the rhinos will work with the extra travel the Viking shocks give? If I have to go down that road in the future it would be nice to know. The shocks are AWESOME by the way. If anybody is considering them, just do it!
Whbonny,
A couple questions regarding your viking shocks:

1. Where did you purchase your viking shocks at?
2. Do you have the same length shock on all 4 corners?
3. What spring rates did you go with?
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1. I got them from Craig. He's the one here on the forum that sells them and has been great to work with.

2. Yes, all the same part number shocks.

3. We did a dual rate spring at first. I believe it was a 175/350 lb 12" spring. Way too soft for my T4 in the rear, although I do have a custom (heavier) cage and carry a bed full of gear everywhere. With me and the wife up front and 2 10 year old girls in the back it was bottoming constantly regardless of compression damping setting and ground clearance was a couple inches lower than it was with my stock shocks and 2" superatv bracket lift, even with the preload maxed out. Fronts were ok and rears were a lot better with just me and a buddy in the machine. May have even been ok with those springs in a 2 seater. Craig hooked me up with some 300 lb straight rate springs though, so I'll be testing them next weekend. I'm expecting even greater things from this setup. If you do order a set of these shocks, just trust Craig, he's done a bunch of these and really knows the setup!
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What is Craig's username so I can contact him?
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1. I got them from Craig. He's the one here on the forum that sells them and has been great to work with.

2. Yes, all the same part number shocks.

3. We did a dual rate spring at first. I believe it was a 175/350 lb 12" spring. Way too soft for my T4 in the rear, although I do have a custom (heavier) cage and carry a bed full of gear everywhere. With me and the wife up front and 2 10 year old girls in the back it was bottoming constantly regardless of compression damping setting and ground clearance was a couple inches lower than it was with my stock shocks and 2" superatv bracket lift, even with the preload maxed out. Fronts were ok and rears were a lot better with just me and a buddy in the machine. May have even been ok with those springs in a 2 seater. Craig hooked me up with some 300 lb straight rate springs though, so I'll be testing them next weekend. I'm expecting even greater things from this setup. If you do order a set of these shocks, just trust Craig, he's done a bunch of these and really knows the setup!


I went with 450lb springs on the rear of my t2. Both storage boxes at crammed full , ammo can full of tools under the seat , spare tire and full cooler in the bed. You may want to consider a little heavier.


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I was considering 350lb springs in the rear, but I'm going to try the 300's first since that's what Craig recommended. And I already have them. 450 sounds really heavy for the kind of riding we do. We do carry a bed full of stuff that weighs around 100lbs, a deep cycle aux battery under the driver's seat, the heavier cage, etc, but after running with just 2 of us in it last week I think the 300's may just be enough. In any case I'll know in a week when I go out again and I'll take it from there. Hopefully I'll be happy. Swapping the springs isn't really hard, but it does take time that I could be using for a lot of other things.
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Craig goes by folmar81 on here. His number is 814-592-3565.
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Just an update, the 300lb springs are working for me. I may still try 350's in the future to be able to back off on compression damping a bit, but we're not bottoming or maxed out on preload or damping now with the 300's.

Also, I did wind up getting a 2012 rear axle, which I have run for 2 or 3 rides now and is working fine. I measured every dimension that I could see being important and could get to without pulling the boots on both axles and couldn't find anything different between the two, so I'm not sure what the different kawi part numbers are about, but I can confirm first hand that the '12 rears work in a '14, and that's with the additional travel I have with the shocks.
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