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Do you want to replace the factory shocks on your Can-am Defender? Are you looking for more rebound, tighter suspension, or reservoir shocks. Whatever you’re looking for in the UTV shock department, at Everything Can-Am Offroad we’re here to help. When discussing Can-am Defender shock upgrades — or any UTV shock upgrades for that matter — Elka is a name that often comes up. For the riders on a budget, you might have a minor heart attack when you see the price tag of Elka shocks. Yes they are pricy, but they are arguably the best option out there. There are a few other side-by-side companies that make shocks for the Can-Am Defender, but not many. If your Defender is a cab model, XMR, or Lonestar edition — note that the cab model comes with factory full doors, a glass windshield, a rear windscreen, and a heater — the suspension is 2-3” wider than that of other Defender models. Consequently, the shocks from an RZR 900 XP — Fox shocks — will fit in these Defenders, improving suspension and also giving the UTV around 2” of lift.
Riders with forward a-arms and sway bar deletions may also want upgraded shocks to eliminate the added roll that occurs without sway bars. And if you ramp your Can-am Defender, stiffer shocks are highly suggested. There are a few ways to go about upgrading your Can-am Defender’s shocks. You can always throw in an HD spring by UTV companies like S3. This is a simple upgrade and does not require you to change the strut. However, although it is possible to run an S3 spring on XTP struts, S3 says that their springs were only tested with the standard strut. So if you want more adjustability in your Can-Am shocks, are looking for aftermarket shock accessories so that you don’t keep bottoming your shocks out, or are just looking for a stiffer shock for a firmer ride, here at Everything Can-Am Offroad, we’ve got Can-am Defender shock systems and suspension kits for all riding styles and terrain types.