ATV shocks reduce shock impulses and disperse energy to prevent damage to the ATV itself. They consist of a gas or fluid-filled cylinder containing a sliding piston. The force of impact pushes the piston into the chamber, which transfers the energy to the gas or fluid inside.

ATV shocks are an important part of your ATV and when choosing them you need to ask yourself a few critical questions.  Where will you be riding your ATV and on what kind of terrain?  Do you expect a certain level of performance from your shocks or do you just want them to get the job done?

You first want to decide on what you plan to use your ATV for.  Are you into racing or is it just for recreational use only?  Take time to make an educated decision as things such as this will make a difference in the kind of ATV shocks you purchase and how much you spend.

Racing shocks will give you a peak performance but take away some on comfort for your ride.  Your ride will be anything but smooth and the longevity of the shocks will be short lived.   You will possibly get a 1st place ranking while racing with them though.

You want to then decide on the level of adjustment you will need.  Some tend to think that more adjustability is preferable, and it is if done correctly. Sometimes riders don’t think they need adjustment at all because the trails are familiar and there isn’t a race involved.

Racers tend to benefit more from adjustability that a casual rider.  The different race tracks and changing race conditions makes this option an attractive one.  Recreational riders usually go out on their ATV’s in more stable conditions than racers do.

Decide on how much you really want to spend on your ATV shocks.  Not everyone has an unlimited cash flow for their hobby.  A small budget will allow for front shock absorbers with adding ones to the rear at a later date.

If this is more than a hobby for you and you want to go all out, a full set of shocks and add suspension linkage components will be your best bet.  This will further improve the performance of your ATV and your enjoyment in riding.