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post #1 of 3 Old 05-28-2007, 11:51 AM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up Rear shock mod

I'm not a heavy guy (bout 175lbs), but often travel with full 43L side bags and large top trunk, and sleeping bag/tent/air mattress strapped to the seat. I also like to have my suspension set pretty firm.
I just removed and modified the rear spring by placing a 3mm thick spacer between the spring and the spring preload adjuster. This gives me the approx equivalent of 3 lines of preload when now showing none.

I was able to use my automotive mcpherson strut spring compresser to remove the spring. I was also fortunate that the tiny allen screw wasnt seized (holds the spring preload adjuster in place).

I have Sonics in the front, so that is no problem and hopefully the rear will be satisfactory now as well.

Leaving for Nfld in just 4 more sleeps!

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post #2 of 3 Old 05-29-2007, 11:09 PM
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How difficult was it to compress the spring and get the shock apart?

I have a Wilbers spring sitting in my garage waiting for me to be home long enough to install it.

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With my spring compressor, it was very easy. Without it, forget it. This was also a good time to check the grease in all the caged needle bearings in the pivot points as well.

One of them was almost dry, but otherwise they were still greased. I did add some additional grease when re-assembling.

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