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post #1 of 49 Old 08-09-2012, 06:12 PM Thread Starter
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Sasquatch VS Progressive ??

My 07 V has 43,000 HARD miles on it and will need a new rear shock before our big trip to DeadHorse next summer.I see that a full mod rebuild of my shock by Sasquatch is about the same price as a NEW Progessive shock!!.For those of you who have either one,how about some feed back !!.


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post #2 of 49 Old 08-09-2012, 06:15 PM
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The most impressive presentation on a motorcycle technical subject I've personally seen was Jay at the Boise rally. I'd go with Sasquatch.

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post #3 of 49 Old 08-09-2012, 07:30 PM
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I went with a Progressive. But it was simply a matter of having no downtime (although at the time it only would have been a week or so for the Sasquatch). I'm happy with the progressive, but I do think the Sasquatch may be a bit more tailor made. Of course with the Progressive you can sell your old shock and recoup some money and it's a bit cheaper to begin with. Or you can keep the old one and send it to Jay at a later date. I may still opt to do that with my old one.

Now, if you frequently need to change the preload, I think the Sasquatch wins hands down since you can retain your remote adjuster. Adjusting preload on the Progressive is not the least bit easy. I don't think I would spend the money for a 465 with the remote preload.

But I have never personally ridden with a Sasquatch shock.

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post #4 of 49 Old 08-09-2012, 09:04 PM
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Jay will build your shock to meet your specs. Are you light or heavy or want a cushy ride or want great control blasting over rough roads? He'll set the shock up for YOU. Progressive is one-size-almost-fits-all.

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I had Jay do mine a couple of years ago, seems like a lot of cash, but having the rear shock and spring matched to me is worth the bucks. It's nice to have it compliment the sonic springs/ gold valves on the front. Jay was great to work with. another plus is that the shock is serviceable after his mods. Go with his full service if you do, you won't regret it. If your shock is worn out now you won't believe the difference with a new one.

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haven't sent jay the shock from me V but he rebuilt the shock for my DR and along with the right springs my DR is friggin killer! i'm a lardass and often carry a lot of weight on longer overland trips on the DR, almost all off-road. the difference is phenomenal.

been suffering from the dreaded funzalo disease so haven't been able to get the V shock done. but you can bet that jay will be workin on it when the cash starts flowin a bit...even if i still can't ride :cryin:

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post #7 of 49 Old 08-09-2012, 11:36 PM
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Like Teevee; I haven't sent Jay my shock on the Vstrom yet ... though that will happen shortly.

What I can say is that he did my forks and rear shock on my FJR and the difference was just remarkable. I have had a few people who spent thousands getting their FJR redone with Ohlins, Racetech and Wilburs etc. tell me that Jay did as good job on my FJR rebuild as they got on their replacements.

Plus he was very easy to work with.

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As those who know me will atest,I'm a big boy.6 foot 1 and around 285,I put a Racetech heavy spring on about 10,000 miles ago and that worked ok but now the is very dampning left in the shock.Jay's website says a full custom rebuild with custom wound spring is around $450,Progressives new shock without remote preload is $495.

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post #9 of 49 Old 08-10-2012, 11:05 AM
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Progressive shock

I found a Progressive w/o remote cheap, and it has performed flawlessly in hard use on the SVstrom SMT.
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post #10 of 49 Old 08-10-2012, 11:05 AM
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I installed Progressive w/RAP and I like it very much. Easy to to adjust and works as I want.
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