The Walker Evans Racing Walker Link is a small shock absorber that is designed for installation in place of the rigid sway bar links on your UTV or Side By Side. Your sway bar links connect the sway bar to the control arms on your UTV or Side By Side. These sway bar links allow each rear wheel to move independently for greater vehicle control and stability. When you install these Walker Sway Bar Shocks it is almost as if you disconnected the sway bar, for the first two inches of travel but when they eventually obtain the maximum extended length they act as rigid solid links.
Sway Bars are also known as an anti-roll bar or stabilizer bars. The primary purpose of a Sway Bar is to control the body of the vehicle from rolling to one side during a tight turn. When your UTV has excessive body roll, the weight is transferred to the UTV's outer tires while turning. This weight transfer then lessens the amount of traction provided to the inner wheel during a turn, causing less weight to sit on the inner tires. A sway bar’s purpose is to keep suspension movements relative throughout turns. When the vehicle makes a right turn, the left side of the UTV suspension will compress similarly to the right side, keeping more weight on the inner tires.
A sway bar is a torsional spring that connects to both the left and right sides of the suspension system together to reduce body roll. The sway bar links both sides of the suspension system to contribute to reduced body roll when cornering. When both wheels take a bump equally, the wheels move the same amount without twisting the anti-roll bar. Individual wheel movement or body roll will force the bar to rotate as the lever arms are moved, thereby adding the bar’s spring rate to that of the UTV’s springs. Although a Sway Bars anti-roll bar’s primary function is to reduce body roll in cornering, it will also influence overall handling.
Your stock links by design store energy in the rubber bushings as they cycle through the travel and tend to load and unload at sporadic rates. This unloading of stored energy is the main reason why UTV's sometimes feel vague or unsettled in the corners. What you don't get with any solid link is the initial free movement that these Walker Links provide. So, better shock action (regardless of the brand or type of shock) at initial movement but it retains a solid feel in the corners.