Created: April 1, 2020
[0:00] Are you looking for a bit more lift and to be able to run larger tires on your Can-Am Defender? Well today we’re gonna show you how to install SuperATV’s 3″ Lift Kit. So let’s get right to it.
The first thing we’re gonna do is remove our wheels and tires from our machine. The next thing we’re gonna do is disconnect our shock from our A-arm, as well as our frame. We’ll set our shock aside and head back to the rear.
[0:53] Next we’re gonna loosen our sway bar links. Then we’re gonna go ahead and remove our lower shock bolt off of our lower A-arm. Then we’ll remove our shock off the frame.
Then we’re gonna repeat all these steps for the opposite side.
So now we’re at our spring compressor. We have our spring set up. When you do this, you want to make sure that you clamp on the portion that attaches to your A-arm, whether it’s your front or rear. It just needs to be the one that attaches to the A-arm here.
We’ll clamp it in so it’s pretty sturdy. We’re gonna push down off the actual canister here on the shock and then lower our press down until we get to where we can get on one of the coils of the spring.
We got that one on. Then we’ll keep lowering it down until we can get this other portion of the compressor on. You may have to go back and forth a little bit until you find the sweet spot on what coil you need to be on here.
[2:28] So once you have your compressor set up on your spring where it needs to be, we’re going to compress the shock so we can get our retainer off. We’ll go ahead and remove it.
We’ll go ahead and remove our spring. When you do this, be careful. Go ahead and pull our spring off. This is our rear shock, so it’s going to take the larger space here. We just want to make sure that we slide it down like this, toward this lip that’s facing up. There will be a cutout on the bottom side of this spacer so it fits down on the lower portion of your adjuster.
We’ll go ahead and reinstall our spring and we’ll want to go ahead and get as high as we possibly can on this spring to make it easier to compress. So we’re gonna get it up here as high as we can.
[3:42] We’ll set our compressor up and go ahead and tighten down our safety latches.
We’re going to go ahead and start compressing our spring here. When you do this, you want to make sure that you’re being extra careful. Then once you get to this point, you may have to grab a hold of the actual shock itself and pull it away from the spring.
By the way, it’ll go through the center here, just like that.
[4:34] Let’s keep compressing it down until you can get your retainer on. You’ll get your retainer slid into place and as you loosen the compressor, you want to grab a hold of this portion of your shock here and pull it over. Just make sure that your fingers aren’t going to get pinched. Then it’ll seat just like this.
You’ll go ahead and relieve the tension off the compressor until you can get your arms off. So that’s how you do the rear. It’ll look just like this right here, so go ahead and set this aside and then repeat all these steps for the rest of the three shocks.
[5:30] So now we’re gonna go ahead and reinstall our shocks. Start back here in the rear and slide it right up into position. Don’t slow down. We’ll go ahead and slide our lower shock bolt into place here.
[6:02] We’ll start our nut, and then we’ll repeat these steps for the opposite side. Then go through and tighten our hardware for our shocks. Then re-tighten down our sway bar linkage.
Next we’re going to go ahead and reinstall front shocks. Just pick up on the A-arm, line our shock up, and put our hardware through. Go ahead and get our nut started and we’re gonna fully tighten the hardware. Now repeat these steps for the opposite side and reinstall your wheels and tires.
There you have it. That’s how super quick and easy it is to install SuperATV’s 3″ Lift Kit on this Can-Am Defender.
[7:03] For more information on this lift kit or any of SuperATV’s great products, feel free to give us a call at 855-743-3427 or check us out online at SuperATV.com. Thanks for watching and we’ll catch you next time!
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