Thanks for the update.
I've been working on my '18 V Strom suspension, but on a plan of stiffer springs and revalving the OEM stock components. I've done a lot of dirtbikes over the years with generally very good results, so I figured I could do this bike too.
Weight-wise, I'm right in the herd here at 185 lb with 160ish passenger (agreed, best to don't ask).
So on to the V Strom...
For the shock, I currently have the OEM shock with no internal changes (yet), with a 650 lb Eibach spring. Installed preload is at 12mm at minimum remote preload adjuster setting and 22mm at max preload. At minimum preload, the ride & ride height are about right for me at solo. With the knob turned to full preload, it's good with the passenger. I haven't taken sag numbers, but my estimate is that the numbers are in the ballpark. The shock with OEM internals is obviously not the hot ticket shock setup, but not hideous either.
The extra spring force makes the rear substantially better than stock, but the shock's internals will absolutely require attention. As expected, the shock is a little short on compression dampening and much short on rebound control. A good G-out bump will make the bike ride like a Buick with bad shocks. Very soon, I will be digging into the shock to make some changes.
For the fork, I have .95 Kg/mm Race Tech springs and 125mm fluid height, 5wt Maxima fork fluid. Interesting that Traxxion Dynamics had you set fluid level to 105mm, but maybe there is meaning to the madness. The lighter springs + small air volume might yield a softer ride, but yet provide the good support for aggressive braking.
So, I've been restacking the fork's OEM shim stacks. The stock parts are a little funky in places, but if you study the numbers, some things can be done. I've been in the forks a handful of times and now, with experience, I can do the job in about two hours from start to finish with the bike ready to ride. The rebound control needed some extra shims (not a surprise), but also the compression stacks needed quite a bit of reduction and I also went to a two stage stack. It works pretty good now.
Also of note, the 2018 DL1000 has a different OEM rear shock part number than the 14-16 DL1000. Not sure what's the diff.
Again, thanks for the report.
18 1000 XT yellow. Bunch of goodies installed.
2015 Yamaha WR250F- Street plated woods bike
Previous rides- about 25 different bikes, mostly dirtbikes.
Last edited by Bazooka Joe; 08-12-2019 at 05:35 PM.