Iâ€™m looking for a longer travel suspension for my 1995 Arctic Cat ZRT 800. I am hoping to upgrade it to give me better handling in the trails and more suspension travel. My father-in-law told me you guys would know what to do.
I hear what youâ€™re asking, but remember this; increasing suspension travel and vehicle ride height tends to make a sled tippy. If you want great handling, lower to the ground is usually better. If you truly want more comfort, then more travel is a great way to get it, but donâ€™t expect handling to be vastly improved. You normally canâ€™t have it both ways. Take the changes made to the 2006 Ski-Doo models; lower to the ground for improved handling. Travel does have its limits, it depends on what youâ€™re after.
There used to be a â€œLong Legsâ€ kit to convert a â€™93 to â€™96 Cat from 8.5â€ of travel to a rear-to-front coupled 11.5â€ long travel, but the dealer (Sherwood Motorsports of North Mankato, MN) has since been sold and the new dealer only sells Yamahas. That kit sold for under $300 and was quite popular back in the day. I doubt youâ€™d be able to find any of these kits, but e-bay is a wonderful tool to find used sled parts (and most anything else for sale).
You can install either a FAST M-10 or an AD Boivin Expert rear suspension, both of which will provide a greatly improved ride quality through a huge increase in rear suspension travel. Chances are youâ€™d be able to find an M-10 for around $1000, but beware of used units as they often require a host of parts and shock rebuilds; the cost of the unit should accurately reflect the condition. Used Expert suspensions are hard to come by, and are more expensive new, but have gained a reputation as a more aggressive set-up than the comfort king M-10.
So it boils down to how much money you want to soak into a used sled of this age. Your money might be better spent on a used sled that is a few years newer.