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Old 11-07-2012, 03:12 PM
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Any big boys ( 250lbs +) running a progressive rear shock??.
I'm 275+ and need a new shock for my 07 V,the progressive comes with a one size fits all spring that they say is good for heavy riders.Is it ???


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Old 11-07-2012, 03:36 PM
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I run a stock shock and I am about 300lbs, will be interested in seeing how this thread develops....
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Without research I believe the linkage makes the rear progressive

Yes you need an upgrade both spring and dampening together
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At 30,000 miles I installed a 16kg rear spring on my stock shock ( stock is 8kg I beleive ) and it worked well till now,now it bounces so I think the dampning is gone.I'm heading up to Deadhorse next June so I have some time to figure this out!!.


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I'm talking about a progressive brand rear shock.


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This is just opinion so take it for what its worth.
I have no experience with this particular Progressive. I have used their shocks on Harleys, I now use an Ohlins.
I've had shocks done on my two Tigers by Wilbers and Penske, customized to weight and ride and I have Ohlins on my BMW RT. I don't claim any great expertise but I have spent a lot of money on them.
My impression is that Progressive is a sort of middle of the road product, quality wise. Better than stock most likely, not likely to be up to the higher end products (doesn't cost like it either).
I think for a heavier person, rather than a one size fits all spring you would be better off with a shock that is as closely tailored to you as you can afford.
I've decided that I do want to upgrade suspension on my 11 and after looking at the alternatives I think I am likely to send my shock to RaceTech for a rebuild, its a bit less than the Progressive IIRC and built to your specs. Another possiblity in a lower cost custom shock might be Hagon, I don't have experience with them but have heard some good buzz.
The usual problem with asking about shock performance from owners is that they only have experience with one shock, the one they bought. Its not like they had a chance to try all of them and even then may have no frame of reference to draw from to describe whats 'good'. Anything likely feels better than the stock Suzuki shock.
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my only experience with Progressive brand progressive rate springs are the springs I put in the fork of my SV650. based on that experience, for my 300lb lard ass, I don't believe the start or end at a stiff enuf rate
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I was going to do a Sasquatch rebuild but that kinda went out the window !!.


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Since you already have a spring rated for you, you could send it to Racetech in CA and have them add a gold valve, change the oil, and add a nitrogen port. It would be a similar rebuild to what you would have had Sasquatch do.
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Ya,I'm kinda thinking on those lines!!.


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