Suspension choice can and should
help you choose a 4x4. A straight-axle rear end like on the Suzuki is
less effective in rough or choppy
conditions, but it is great for climbs
and cambers. Total ground clearance is also limited.
There are a lot of reasons to consider a
4x4 with double-A-arm, independent
rear suspension. Typically these quads
offer improved clearance and absorb
choppy trails better. Depending on the
shock setup, they may not handle cambers or rutted, uneven climbs as well.
Can-Am selected a trailing-arm, independent rear suspension and is the only
company to use it on quads. The design
has been used on high-end, off-road-racing buggies and trucks, though. It
offers fewer parts and better ground
clearance than an A-arm set-up.