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post #1 of 18 Old 09-16-2013, 01:50 PM Thread Starter
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Question DL1000 Spring rates for a big fellow?

I've been reading for hours, lots of good info on here.

I need to go through a 2006 front fork, looks like its on original oil and the seals are leaking. Cleaned the seals but, still pretty wet.

On a DL1000 with a 6 footer at around 260 pounds it seems the going recommendation is 1.0 front and like a 13.4 rear for aggressive twisty riding with camping gear?

Or would the rear be too stiff while solo unloaded? Feed back is appreciated. I think Sonic is the best deal for the front. What about the rear, go straight to RaceTech? Any other vendors?

Is there a stock diameter rear spring? Like on my DR650, you can get a direct replacement heavy spring from Procycle with no need for any adapters. I don't have the money for a shock rebuild yet, but I'll probably go with a Cogent rebuild when I can.

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And PS, I'm going to try and get Suzuki seals today at the dealer. Or I'll just order some OEM from cheapcycleparts... That is the plan anyway.
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I am of like dimensions and went with 1.1 Race techs up front. Transformed the handling I had the now out of business Sasquatch rebuild and re spring my rear but there are other out there doing the same mods.

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I am 6'6" and 260lbs, very interested to hear others experiences as well.

Went down on my strom

I sold my Aprilia because I was broke but spent it all on upgrades for the Strom, ah well...
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On other bikes I've made the mistake of going softer than those calculators said. What would you put on the rear to match the 1.1 front?

The sonic weight calculator says 1.1 when I put in 260 for the rider, 520 for the bike, and choose aggressive street. Right now the front doesn't feel planted, the roads around here are rough, lots of chip seal and hard pack dirt. Most of my riding is on trips to the mountains loaded up. I figure I better upgrade the springs before I go camping with it.

I'm trying to clean the fork seals, they were leaking pretty bad when I rode the bike home. I think my large size pushed the seals onto a dirty area and got them to spray a bit. When I first inspected the bike for purchase the seal leaks were minimal. 40 miles since the cleaning and the left is nice and dry, the right side is a little oiled on the inner fork, not enough to drip like it was before. So at least I could ride my new to me bike to the DMV for a plate...
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On other bikes I've made the mistake of going softer than those calculators said. What would you put on the rear to match the 1.1 front?

The sonic weight calculator says 1.1 when I put in 260 for the rider, 520 for the bike, and choose aggressive street. Right now the front doesn't feel planted, the roads around here are rough, lots of chip seal and hard pack dirt. Most of my riding is on trips to the mountains loaded up. I figure I better upgrade the springs before I go camping with it.

I'm trying to clean the fork seals, they were leaking pretty bad when I rode the bike home. I think my large size pushed the seals onto a dirty area and got them to spray a bit. When I first inspected the bike for purchase the seal leaks were minimal. 40 miles since the cleaning and the left is nice and dry, the right side is a little oiled on the inner fork, not enough to drip like it was before. So at least I could ride my new to me bike to the DMV for a plate...
I'd stick with the 1.0s up front. The Stroms have a little more travel than the average street bike, so the calculators tend to give a rate that's a touch too stiff.

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The vendors are recommending the 1.0s also.

How about the rear spring? I probably should just do a spring right now till my other bike sells. I see ProCycle has springs available without adapters for the DLs too. They go from 8.0 to 16.0, I've bought many things from them over the years. Don't see any mention of the Procycle springs in my searches.

Maybe I should put my camping gear on and see, but the stock rear spring feels soft just solo with empty OEM bags with the preload maxed.
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I think you would be making a mistake not going with 1.1s Just enough of a difference that way and much more planted.

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And yes,the rear needs to be upgraded as well to get the max benefit. I finished a 7K trip this summer with full camp gear through the mountains of the west and can't imagine having done it with the stock suspension. match up that rear to your weight as well.

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What about oil wt? Most opinions I'm getting say 1.0s with 15wt oil?

The RT calculator leads me to a 1.08/15.8 combo. So I guess I would try 1.10 and 15.3 springs.... Decisions decisions..
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