First, You can't put the factory bypass shocks from an RS on your base model without swapping all the arms, axles and cv's too. So that would put you way over your $3k budget. But QS3 shocks (base model) and RC2's (DS model) will ride almost the same with the exception of adjust-ability. The DS shocks have more adjustment options for you to get them where you like them and a little more bump stage progression. On a scale of 1-10, stock to stock the base is a 1, the DS is a 2 and the RS is a 5. With the Fox settings and your adjustments the base is a 2, the DS is a 3 and the RS is a 6.5. With our internal shock work and external spring kit the base is a 5, the DS is a 6.5 and the RS is a 10. Hope that gets you what your looking for.Shock therapy, I'm on the verge of ditching my stock qs3s for some bypass shock off a rs or even some off a rs. Having tested all stock and with your shock work, what is the best route for me between the 3 in stock, adjusted by me, and with your tuning. I guess you could throw in opinions on aftermarket shocks also. I just dont want to spend more than 3k to get all 4 where o need them for primarily dunes riding but some trails here in wa.
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