Bypass Tubes: The Key to Off-Road Suspension Enhancement

Bypass Tubes: The Key to Off-Road Suspension Enhancement

Off-road enthusiasts and UTV owners, it's time to dive deep into the world of bypass tubes – a critical component for optimizing the suspension performance of your vehicle. At Shock Therapy, we understand the importance of these tubes in your UTV's suspension system. In this article, we'll explore what bypass tubes are, their benefits, and how Shock Therapy is revolutionizing their use in select UTV models.

What are Bypass Tubes?

In a recent live show for Tech Tuesday, Justin Smith, CEO of Shock Therapy, explained the use of bypass tubes in UTV suspension. He stated, "Within a bypass shock, the bypass tube is the single most important tuning item you have. It controls almost everything when it comes to shock function." Unlike traditional shocks where tuning is limited to the piston valving, bypass tubes offer comprehensive control over the shock's behavior throughout its entire stroke.

The Benefits of Bypass Tubes

Bypass tubes allow oil to 'bypass' the piston in a shock, providing unparalleled adjustability in terms of shock response. This mechanism is speed-sensitive and position-sensitive, offering nuanced control over the shock's behavior.

Benefits of Bypass Tubes:

  • Enhanced Control: They allow for precise tuning throughout the shock's stroke.
  • Versatility: Suitable for various terrains and driving styles.
  • Progressive Damping: They enable a plush ride in smaller bumps while providing stiffness for larger impacts.

Shock Therapy’s Bypass Tube Upgrades

At Shock Therapy, we offer bypass tube upgrades for select UTV models. These upgrades are tailored to enhance the performance of each specific model, taking into account the unique demands of different terrains and driving styles.

Supported Models:

  • Polaris RZR XP Turbo (2016 to present)
  • Polaris RZR Turbo S Dynamics
  • Polaris Pro R
  • Polaris Turbo R
  • Can-Am Maverick X3
  • Can-Am Maverick R
  • Honda Talon Live Valve
  • Yamaha YXZ
  • Kawasaki KRX 1000 Live Valve
  • Polaris RZR XP 1000 Fox Edition (2015)

The Technical Edge

In our live show, we explained the intricate workings of bypass tubes. The positioning and size of the bypass ports within the tube are critical. They determine when the system gets softer or stiffer, and how it transitions from a smooth ride to a stiffer response under high compression scenarios.


We tailor the bypass tubes for different requirements – whether it's for Baja racing, trail riding, or a balanced all-terrain setup. This customization is what sets Shock Therapy's offerings apart.


In conclusion, bypass tubes are not just an add-on but a fundamental transformation to your UTV's suspension system. With Shock Therapy's expertise and dedicated upgrades, your off-road experience can be elevated to new heights of performance and comfort. Remember, for the ultimate ride quality and tunability, bypass tubes are not just an option; they're a necessity.

For more information, visit our website at To order your bypass tube upgrade, call us at 623-217-4959. Join us in revolutionizing your off-road experience with Shock Therapy!

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