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Hello all, read a bunch of threads on the "pipe mod" and spring spacers etc. I have a 2007 outlander 650. I was not happy with the soft front end so I went with te idea of spring spacers. I have read how many have used 2" cam locks. I went with the billet spacers sold on e bay, and they measure out at 2" ID.

I installed them with no issues put them on the bottom part of the shock, like I read was the proper place to put them. And they did a great job of stiffening up the front, and was pleased.

My question is they are not nice and snug to the shock body like I assumed they would be there is play from side to side and if you hit it with a rubber mallet you can move the spacer enough that it comes off center. now granted they dont slide so far to the point that anything slips off. but I was wondering all thoughs out there that have done "pipe mods" cam locks, and ordered spacers like I did is that extra inside dia play normal and should not be an issue?
 

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Under normal load conditions, even just the weight of the machine on the shock should not permit the spacer to move. On my 2015 the ID is 1.800", so not a great deal smaller than yours, and they fit nice and snug around the shock.

I wouldn't worry about it myself to be honest. What is the OD of your spacer? Mine is almost 2.5 (2.45).
 

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I ran into the same issue and just lined the bottom portion of the spacer with gorilla tape and made it nice and snug.
 

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I had cam locks I cut to 1.5 . They were a little roomy like yours sound. Never had an issue. Make sure you jack the quad up and take the weight off the shock if you decide to change your preload.
 

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Under normal load conditions, even just the weight of the machine on the shock should not permit the spacer to move. On my 2015 the ID is 1.800", so not a great deal smaller than yours, and they fit nice and snug around the shock.

I wouldn't worry about it myself to be honest. What is the OD of your spacer? Mine is almost 2.5 (2.45).
OD is 2.5" so I should be fine it sounds.
 

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I have a question about these spring spacers. I'm looking to achieve higher clearance without going to crazy with tire size.I'm likely staying with 26 maybe go to 27". How much are the 1" spacers and how much extra stress do they put on axles and joints.??
 

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I went with the 1" due to the seller on ebay said it was a 2" lift, but the spacers are in fact 1".

I am no expert, but from all the threads I have read, if you are looking to lift your atv, spacers are the way to go, due to all they do is add preload to your springs (make them stiffer) and take out the added sag your suspension has. So end result is your axles are subjected to normal stock operating limits.

I am running 26" bear claw HTR's that run true to size, so they are taller than the stock tires. I only put the spacers in the front and left the rears alone. I wanted to level out the front from the back, and I felt my front suspension was to soft in the front even with the preload at the max.

With that said I gained 1 1/2" in the front and the front suspension still has some sag so that is a good thing (dont want it maxed all the way up). So with the spacers installed I adjusted the preload up 2 notches and I got my ATV to look level, gained some height, and stiffed up the front shocks as I hoped would happen. I tend to ride aggressive some times and one of the jumps I would hit in my back yard the fronts would bottom out, now they don't.
 

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Yes you can make them your self. But I bought mine off of Ebay super cheap so I went that route.
 
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