I made a post regarding the sticking left rear shock on my 2005 Brute Force 750. The machine is used for farm work, wood hauling, etc. The reason the shock stuck is because it somehow, got bent (the rod on the inside). I cut it apart and go the spring off of it (with spring compressors). The shock did not get bent due to abusing the machine, racing, etc. I replaced it with a stock shock ($170.00) because other shocks were in the $400-500 a pair range. It's possible the reason the shock went bad is because despite the heat shield on the muffler, I noticed that from idling, going slow, etc. the shock gets hot and it's not really warm here yet, so I can imagine during the summer it has really gotten warm. The BF produces allot of heat and this may be the price of power.