Squatting Shocks: Rebuild or Replace?

Options for raising your snowmobile back up to its original ride height
1994 Arctic Cat ZR 700 Wildcat Mountain Cat shocks
The 1994 ZR 700 Wildcat came in a 121-inch version (pictured) and a 136-inch Mountain Cat version. Both were produced with Cat’s adjustable coil-over gas shocks up front.
Q: I’ve got a 1994 Arctic Cat ZR 700 Mountain Cat that I am working on rebuilding to go ride in the mountains. I am trying to get the whole sled higher up off the ground. The front shocks are squatting down badly even when I have them set to the max. I was wondering if rebuilding them will give them more height, or should I just get a different pair of front shocks? – ArcticCat14

A: A little disclaimer first: FOX does not make shocks for sleds that old, and I do not think that this sled came with our shocks either, so I will reply generically. A lot has changed since 1994 with suspension and technology, and you have a few options that will help get your sled ride height back up.

We (FOX) recommend rebuilding your shocks at least once a year, although this will not help raise your ride height, as that is determined by the spring and its rate. More than likely, your springs will need to be replaced, seeing that you are on the maximum preload setting and the ride height is still too low. The other option I recommend is looking at new shocks. Suspension technology has grown by leaps and bounds in the last 23 model years, and it’s exciting that we now have access to the latest in designs, adjustments (QS3) and special coatings such as Kashima that transform the handling characteristics of any vehicle. Any time you can upgrade your older model sled to a newer shock, you are going to see a significant benefit and improvement in the handling overall. For any suspension-related questions, we encourage contacting us directly using the contact info at ridefox.com. – Carey Daku, FOX Shocks
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