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post #1 of 6 Old 01-28-2014, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
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06 V - are stock fork spring progressive rate?

As the title says - on a 2006 DL1000, are stock fork springs progressive rate springs? Ive found specific mention that the 650's are - but have not found mention that the 1000's are.

Reason I am asking is that I stumbled across a thread here where a 650 owner cut off some of the tight wound coils to increase spring rate - with great sucess This prompted my grey matter to remember many years back (1994) I was setting up a Kawasaki Concours with a sidecar - and had a Works Performance shock custom built for me - their engineer Sandy suggested I simply cut coils on my progressive (brand) springs I had to bring their rate up - which worked fantastic.

So....its a low/no cost option to increase spring rate vs buying new springs..IF the 1000's are progressive rate springs stock!

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aftermaket springs are cheap

aftermarket springs are cheap. like $74 for me Wee.

Current Bike: 2007 ABS Wee, rebuilt forks with Cogent DDC, Elka rear shock, tapered roller steering stem bearings, fork brace, Admore top box lights, LED side-only turn indicator lights, Powerlet outlet, frame sliders, Givi windscreen, Givi top box.

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https://www.stromtrooper.com/v-strom-...k-springs.html

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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My question was not what the cost to buy new was - I have already researched that. If I were to buy new, it would go with the Sonic springs most likely.

Yes - cut my fork springs. I have already researched that AND had great success on my Concours years ago. 50,000 miles tugging a sidecar rig around with the wife and kid on board should be a reasonable test ride. Right here on Stromtroopers is a very well done write up on doing exactly that WITH a professional suspension tuner having put the springs on a dyno to verify rate impact.

Back to my original question:

Does my 2006 V have progressive wound springs stock? The 650 does. I am simply trying to verify what the 1000 has.

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And here is a link to the post here on doing exactly what I plan to do (once I can confirm my 1000 indeed has progressive springs.) I would just pop out to the garage and check myself, but below zero temps make that rather unattractive!

https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl650-20...ead-first.html

and keep in mind, way back when I did this on my Concours, I did it based on the recommendation of a suspension engineer at Works Performance. Its not a unsubstantiated garage hack job.

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Cutting springs and replacing the cut length with a spacer increases the effective spring rate whether the springs are progressive or not. I'm pretty sure both Wee and Vee have dual rate springs rather than true progressives.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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