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post #1 of 20 Old 02-06-2014, 12:09 PM Thread Starter
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Having a seriously hard time deciding on suspension setup

Hi all, I am suffering from "analysis paralysis" on suspension choices.

I have a 2002 DL1000 and I weigh 265lbs nekkid, so obviously the suspension is not ideal. I only have a couple hundred km of butt time on it but I can tell it's soft. Coming from sport bikes it seems REALLY soft. My main issue is I sold my Aprilia because times are tough but I didn't want to give up bikes so a used Vee seemed a good choice but I can't spend so much that selling the Ape becomes moot.

I see 3 options:

1) Leave it and get used to it. Pros it's free, cons it's not ideal

2) New Springs front and rear. Pros better than nothing, cheaper, Cons stock rear shock still weak and under damped for new spring, ??

3) re-valve and respring front, Elka rear. Pro's good as its gonna get, cons $$$$$ and front still not adjustable (K2)?

I only ride about 3-4000km a season right now, work and back every day with nice weather and backroad blasting in my free time. longest trip will be a day trip. Luggage will be occasional and passengers even less so.

I flop between each choice every day it seems, finger on the mouse to buy stuff, back off. Argh.

Not even sure what I am looking for from you guys haha. I just would hate to spend a bit just to end up spending a lot later, but I would hate to go top end when middle ground would be more than good enough for me.

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post #2 of 20 Old 02-06-2014, 12:43 PM
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I did Elka rear and Racetech Gold valves in the front and it's been great. Buy once, cry once IMO.

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I vote for #2, stiffer springs front and rear. Many people are happy with this, even without revalving the shock. For a bit more you could revalve it, depending on it's age/mileage it might need it anyway. The cost of this equates to the amount you ride the bike. If you were doing higher mileage you might go with the Elka (manual preload) and front springs along with an emulator.

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om28 says what my brain tells me is the right choice

Hoologan is what my fear is, crying twice.

Seeing as this may be one of my lowest seat time years coming up I may do the full front end and just respring the rear, recoup some of the cost by selling the spring when I get an Elka?

Make sense or waste of time? We'll see I guess.

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I put sonic on the front and a Wiber's spring on the stock rear shock of my DL650 and couldn't be happier with the result. The bike handles like sport touring bike (the fork brace helps a lot too, even more on the 1000).

I would suggest checking out sonic springs fork rate calculator on their website. It allows you to determine the optimum spring rate for your riding style, weight, load, etc under different conditions. It was really helpful to me. Like most people, I ride aggressive when alone and reserved when carrying my wife and full luggage. The calculator let me find the optimum spring rate for both. Turned out it was the same rate for aggressive single riding and docile loaded.

As I said, couldn't be happier with the result. It far from a subtle improvement and it didn't cost me an arm and a leg.

A fork brace does wonders for the DL1000 as well. It eliminates the evil effects of side winds, helps it track straight on highways, and corners much better too.

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I'm a pretty big kid myself. I lifted the rear 1" with lift bones ,(I'm tall as well) that settled the rear of the bike in a way that I like. I added Sonic Springs up front for my weight and riding style (1.1 me thinks) , and an Adventure Tech fork brace. Not perfect , but a heck of a lot better for about 250.00. Your bike is older , so a freshen up (fluid and springs) might not hurt.
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I put sonic on the front and a Wiber's spring on the stock rear shock of my DL650 and couldn't be happier with the result. The bike handles like sport touring bike (the fork brace helps a lot too, even more on the 1000).

I would suggest checking out sonic springs fork rate calculator on their website. It allows you to determine the optimum spring rate for your riding style, weight, load, etc under different conditions. It was really helpful to me. Like most people, I ride aggressive when alone and reserved when carrying my wife and full luggage. The calculator let me find the optimum spring rate for both. Turned out it was the same rate for aggressive single riding and docile loaded.

As I said, couldn't be happier with the result. It far from a subtle improvement and it didn't cost me an arm and a leg.

A fork brace does wonders for the DL1000 as well. It eliminates the evil effects of side winds, helps it track straight on highways, and corners much better too.

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Good info, thanks!

I can't seem to find ANYTHING on where to get a Wilbers shock spring. Lots of praise, no infor except dead links and redirects to other sites...

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Well.. the timing of this post couldn't be better for me..
2012 DL 1000 here and just had Sonic springs (1.0) installed in the forks.
When trying to set the sag I discovered that I have 3" on the rear end of the bike... Too big for that spring/shock.
So... dilemma is the same.. Tough time justifying a $1000 shock for me.
I am in contact with another member here and he has a 2003 shock that has an upgraded spring on it that he is willing to sell to me and also take my OEM shock...
The questions that I have are should I swap a 2012 shock for a 2003 shock with an upgraded spring... keep the 2012 shock and replace with a beefier spring... or of course buy a Cadillac spring..
Plus 1 on Richland Ricks fork brace and the front end of my bike is much better with the new springs.
I truly appreciate this Forum...
Thank you all,
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I would keep my 2012 shock and buy a spring appropriate for my riding style weight, load, etc. Someone else's upgraded spring might not be what you need and shocks do need to be rebuilt periodically, so an older shock probably isn't going to be an even trade.

A Google search for "Wilbers shocks USA" provided this http://www.epmperf.com/
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I decided to buy once, local shop turned out to be an official dealer for Elka and Racetech.

He is saying 1.1 springs and gold valves with an Elka 4 way non preload would be perfect. Seems to match what others have done.

Bye bye insurance settlement...

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