2012 DL650 suspension questions
My last two long distance two-up trips have shown me that the stock rear suspension on my 2012 DL650 isn't really up to the task of my weight (240), passenger weight (about 130), and cargo. In searching the forums, most of the info available seems to apply to pre-2012 models, and I'm not sure if the rear suspensions between the 2012 and earlier models are the same. I get the impression that they aren't.
My initial idea was to replace the rear spring with a stiffer one, and Blair at SV Racing was very helpful, but I've read a lot of conflicting info on this forum on whether that's a workable solution without re-valving the shock. I know that Sasquatch is no longer in the business of rebuilding stock shocks.
I know there are aftermarket shocks such as Elka and Ohlins, but those $800.00 to $1200.00 price tags get pretty unmanageable.
My questions boil down to these:
Has anyone done a spring only replacement on a stock 2012 650 rear shock? If you have, can you describe the installation process, and whether or not you ultimately found that it was an improvement?
Has anyone had a stock 2012 650 rear shock rebuilt? Who is actually doing this for the 2012 models? If you've actually had it done, can you tell me what it cost, and whether a stock rebuild was worth the expense, rather than just biting the bullet and buying an aftermarket shock?
I'm not a knee-dragging hardcore racer type rider; just a guy who likes to see the country by motorcycle. I know that an Elka is always going to be way better than anything done to a stock shock, but that might be more improvement than I actually need. Any personal experiences you guys have with these questions would be helpful; thanks!
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