So I promised a few folks I would write up a review after some ride time on them.
Well umm they are pretty freaking awesome, right now they are set to the specs that Monster Performance ordered for me and for 75% of stuff I probably wouldn't even need the adjustments. It was an improvement in both comfort and performance, if I were to sum it up in one word that would be "predictable".
Easily able to carry more speed into the corners and in general while feeling planted and in control. Was it worth $2K for them, I dont know yet, time will tell, but I can tell you they are a huge upgrade from stock.
Here are some notes:
I am set a little bit soft on the preload, occasionally sounds like I bottom out on bigger jumps.
Softer preload along with the dual rate springs makes it ride soooooo smooth on normal trail conditions.
Moderate washboard is soaked up and doesn't try to buck you off, when I got into long stretches of heavy washboard it kinda felt like the suspension would load up a bit but nothing like stock.
I think for the next time out I might add a couple clicks of compression and add in 1/4" of preload the the front and then on the rear increase the rebound a couple clicks and see how that handles.
In the end here are my thoughts:
If Stage 4 was $1200 it would be worth it all day long, but the reality is that it is over $2000, very hard to justify.
Is Stage 4 worth the $500-700 upcharge from Stage 3, maybe, this will depend on the rider and how close they can get rebound set up in the first place. If you are lucky, your dealer will have enough information and experience so that the valving that controls rebound will be set right from the get go and never need the adjustment.
If you are trying to keep costs down, my advice would be to go with Stage 2 in the rear and Stage 3 in the front. Adjustable compression seems to be more valuable in the front, where adjustable rebound is more of a benefit on the rear.
Otherwise, if I had I time machine and could go back, I would tell my self to do it again. Saturday put on about 75 miles, I havent had a smile that big in a long time. Straight line riding was boring but extremely comfortable, I kept looking for corners and bumpy stuff to play on. I rode this trail three times last year and I can say for a fact some of these areas I would have to slow down because the ATV would get upset and want to throw me around a bit. That is not the case anymore, now I find myself slowing down for others or because I want to enjoy the scenery.
Just pushing into a corner and hitting a bump mid through the turn with everything feeling so planted was amazing.
Heres to a fun season of riding in 2019!