Depending on how you use your Honda Pioneer, upgrading the shocks will undoubtedly improve your ride. It doesn’t matter if you do a lot of heavy hauling, rocky off-roading, or tight switchback riding, you should never underestimate the benefits of a quality suspension setup. And where quality is concerned, companies like Elka Suspension make great side-by-side shocks for the Honda Pioneer. Many Pioneer owners complain about their stiff suspension. Taking the sway bars off can help slightly, but nothing compared to the compression of aftermarket shocks. Add things like rigid 10-ply tires to the mix and the stock shocks combined with the Pioneer bench seats will put a hurtin’ on your lower back. But with some Elka stage 3 shocks up front and some stage 2 shocks in the rear, you’ll feel like you’re floating on air. Throw on some Kenda Bearclaw HTRs on 5-2 rims and get a wickedly smooth and controlled ride in your Pioneer.
Like Elka, 814 UTV Suspension and Walker Evans Racing also make shocks that fit the 500cc, 700cc, and 1000cc Honda Pioneer, while Can-Am Commander shocks and Polaris RZR shocks can be retrofitted to work in the Honda Pioneer as well. Running adjustable shocks is important for some Honda Pioneer owners who ride on varied terrain, while shock height is an issue for those with low-hanging garage doors or enclosed trailers. The Commander shocks, for example, don’t work with a Honda Pioneer lift kit, but they do raise your machine around two inches. The front shocks are a direct fit, while the rear shocks require poly T bushings and 14mm steel sleeves. If you have a press, you can swap the bushings from the OEM shocks yourself. But if not, you’ll have to take them to your local mechanic. Similarly, some RZR shocks — such as RZR 570 shocks or shocks from the RZR 800 with a 1” spring spacer — work in the Honda Pioneer. But it’s the same case as the Commander shocks — you’ll have to swap the sleeves and bushings to make them compatible with the rear of the Pioneer. If you want something that doesn’t require any modifications, Fox Shocks work great in the Honda Pioneer. You can crank down the springs to stock height for a softer ride, and mess around with the dampener until you find just the right settings. Aftermarket shocks for the Honda Pioneer can be a bit confusing, so don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions, we’re more than happy to assist you!