The Works billet A-T Steelers shocks
look fantastic on the Raptor, and they
work even better than they look. They
erase chop and hack while still offering
great bottoming resistance.
PRODUCT EVALUATION PRODUCT EVALUATION
to get used to a little more weight
transfer on cambers, but we dialed
that in with the preload wrench that
comes with the shocks. In the interest
of conserving the value nature of the
machine, we changed only the front
shocks. The difference was so instant
and the praise so unanimous that we
can only imagine if we had a matching rear shock.
Works doesn’t keep ATV shocks on
the shelf. You order them, and they
build the shock exactly to suit your
needs. If the rider grows or gets faster, Works can upgrade the settings.
The shocks have a lot of time on
them now, and they are still working
great. Naturally, Works has shocks for
almost all ATVs and UTVs if you don’t
have a Raptor.
It is a shame that more youth rid-
ers do not get the chance to experi-
ence good suspension. We had riders
who vastly improved their riding after
we installed the shocks. They were
not just faster, but more in control.
That is money well-spent. You can
call Works Performance at (818) 701-
1010 or order from the website at
❏ We haven’t made much of a secret
about the fact that the Yamaha Raptor
250 is about as much fun as humans
should be allowed to have. Get them
in multiples and hilarity can ensue.
Two is almost a minimum, but three
or more is ideal. As fun as the little
Raptor is for the man-size staffers, for
the youth and lady riders it is actually
designed for, the suspension can be
choppy. Light riders are looking for
something that will make the front
of the machine soak up the terrain a
DON’T MESS UP THE PRICE
One of the joys of the Raptor is
the reasonable price, and we didn’t
want to inflate that too much, so we
shopped around for a budget option.
We found that there isn’t any cheap
option but the Works Performance
A-T Steelers S1 steel-bodied shocks,
which are $559 a pair. Works claims
that the A-T-series shocks are the
best-selling ATV shocks, and no
doubt the reasonable price and custom quality are the reason for that.
These shocks use a billet steel body
with dual-rate, preload-adjustable
springs. There are no reservoirs or
damping adjusters. You have to trust
that the magic formulas that Works
uses to build custom shocks are on
the money. For us, the install was a
slam dunk. With no reservoirs or lines
to deal with, they went right on. The
difference was simply amazing. You
just don’t feel the chop any longer.
Rock litter might as well be pavement.
As plush as the action is, you would
think they would bottom easily, but
that wasn’t the case.
SAFETY AND BUILD
Just the look of the shocks gave
some of the riders a confidence boost,
but for lighter riders, the action made
all the difference. The closest riding
area to our office is crazy with rocks,
ruts and hard clay dirt—hardly the
best terrain for a sport quad. With
the Works shocks, the little Raptor
was magic. The front end eats the
terrain junk, and the bar never wants
to tear at your grip. Youth riders had
A-T STEELERS S1 SHOCKS
Goodbye to bumps By the staff of Dirt Wheels