Sorry for ignorance. If you replace rear, should you replace front struts? (I assume it has some, I am not where my Gator is to look at it.)
Since I am hauling firewood, should I go heavy duty if such parts are available? Adjustable?
I saw mention of people complaining that the Gator's 'attitude' is kind of rear end higher than the front. That kind of makes sense to me. Mine seems to slope to the front left too much. Should the ride be leveled out?
Is this a fairly straightforward install? I am not much on mechanical work but can/will do uncomplicated stuff. I wonder how much a dealer would charge, I have no idea.
What is a good source for parts online? Recommended site?
Is it fairly 'normal' for a 10 year old Gator to need a repair like this? This is not going to be cheap, lol. But, heck, it runs good and I use it a lot.
If I took it to a dealer, would they diagnose problem for free?
Thanks for any help.
No you do not need shocks all round if the problem is only in the back.
It is wise to keep the front in mind for the future though and save up for it.
Again i see mushy ride as if youre riding a horse after you come down from bumps and it doesnt seem to want to level out.
Normally you hit a bump and it should stay planted.
If you can get heavy duty hell yes if you use it to carry loads.
If the gator is riding uneven make sure to check all corners and balljoints and bearings while youre at it.
Installation of the rear shocks is easy enough if you have a jack
I would look if you could get aftermarket, iam not into aftermarket so i cant tell you where and what.
And yes its perfectly normal for a machine of 10 years to have leaking shocks
Wether your dealer would just take a look at it on a trailer depends on the hospitality.
I know we would have a look and say you need shocks and send you on the way but i cant speak for all dealerships.
Call your local dealer and see if they want to look at it if youd bring it.