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I had a Kawasaki Teryx LE model, which came with upgraded shocks, and it rode noticeably better than the Pioneer. The Teryx suspension was very close to the Pioneer in design and travel so I am assuming the upgraded shocks are what made the difference.
Therefore, even though my Pioneer was purchased primarily for utility work, I am seriously considering upgrading the shocks. Yes this seems like a pricey update, and somewhat of an overkill for a utility machine, but my Pioneer does see some recreation usage too.
My usage is strictly in desert terrain, and in that application there are two noticeable deficiencies in the Pioneer, tires & suspension. I immediately upgraded the tires so it looks like the shocks are next. Besides, even with those two upgrades I will probably still have less in it than I would if I had bought another brand.
I hear Walker Evans are good shocks and I may get them now if I can find them at a discount, but if not I may wait until King and Fox come out with theirs before I make my final decision. Hopefully it isn't too much longer.