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post #11 of 13 Old 01-15-2015, 10:15 PM
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PT...its a matter of not wanting to dump to much money into a bike I fully expect to replace within a year or less (I have my eye on a KTM 990 a local guy is expecting to sell before to long). I know from having owned literally dozens of bikes, you dont recover a very high % of costs for things like suspension work.

Your points are valid. I learned from years of racing off road (with a decent trophy shelf to show for it) the importance of springs and valving. I have revalved and resprung every single bike I have raced.

For my purposes with the Vstrom, I know I do not wish to spend the $ on a new shock. I just want to improve it for the sake of the coming summer as my wife and I plan to ride about 1,100 miles of the CDR, Banff down to Dubois Wyoming. We rode Dubois into Colorado this past summer - had a great time with the crappy stock suspension, but know there is better out there.

I have determined 2 basic options that appear most cost effective - having Jamie Daugherty revalve and spring, or I may simply do the spring. The deciding factor(s) will be the cost of the remaining list of non suspension related items to take care of on my various bikes - final stages of restoring a 76 Penton, normal other off season work on my KTM such as top end, tires, etc, clutch chudder work on the Strom,) all before the snow melts!


Shims are cheap if you want to DIY. The "trick" is knowing how to set-up the stack. There are plenty of formulas for dirt bikes. A quick Google didn't turn up anything for the Strom but there is this: Shim ReStacker looks kind of intimidating to me but I'm not a math guy!

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PT...its a matter of not wanting to dump to much money into a bike I fully expect to replace within a year or less (I have my eye on a KTM 990 a local guy is expecting to sell before to long). I know from having owned literally dozens of bikes, you dont recover a very high % of costs for things like suspension work...
In that case a good aftermarket shock may make the most sense. They hold their value really well. Buy one, ride on it for a year and pull it off and sell it when you sell the bike. You won't lose much at all.

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In that case a good aftermarket shock may make the most sense. They hold their value really well. Buy one, ride on it for a year and pull it off and sell it when you sell the bike. You won't lose much at all.
Agreed. If only I could find a good used aftermarket shock at a decent price!

There was an Ohlin's on here recently for $650 as I recall...but spring rates were off...add in say $130 to get proper spring on it, plus shipping...way to expensive - and fact is - I dont want to shell out the original $650! I had a line on a used Ohlins without remote preload - had 20,000 ish miles on it - but it was $500 plus shipping, plus would need a different spring...again, still getting pricey!

So if anyone has a good used aftermarket shock (or revalved OEM), with a reasonably close spring rate at a really good price...let me know!

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