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Hello.................new to the forum. I have recently purchased a 2009 Rancher ES. Nice ride and happy with it so far except for one problem. The rear shock and spring on this machine is very soft. Machine is a solid axle (not IRS). I use my machine mainly for hunting and hauling feed. Rear spring and shock are so soft that a second rider seems to point the nose of the four wheeler in the air and rear sits very low. Put on 200 lbs of corn and same issue. I have taken the stock spring off of the rear shock and replaced with a highlifter hi cap. spring.................little better, but still not where it should be. My old 300 (single rear shock also) will carry 6 to 8 bags of corn (50 lb bags) easily with not nearly as much rear sag. Wondering if you guys might be able to offer up me some help with out spending an arm and a leg. This past weekend I replaced the stocker tires with some Kenda Bearclaws..........I went with 25x10x12 on front and 25x12.5x11 on rear...........machine looks like a fourwheeler now..................Thanks in advance for your help....................Roger:)
 

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It sounds like your really putting a load on the Rancher but work is one of the things it's made for. If you still need more spring in the rear, and I posted about these in another topic, Moose makes a rubber spacer for the shock springs. Much like a Nascar spring rubber. It will help stiffen the suspension.
 
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