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post #1 of 17 Old 06-16-2016, 04:36 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy 650 Vstrom Rear shock replacement.. with DL1000 Rear shock?

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I have a K7 Vstrom 650 and I weigh 110kg..I only had the bike for like the last 5000km ... but the previous owner was also my size, so it didnt really help lol.. now the bike has 49k Km on the clock and the shock is done, I al currently looking to replace the shock but I cannot afford a new or aftermarket shock, and I was dumbstruck when I found out that the stock shock is a Sealed unit.. and it looks like pretty old tech.. very sad.. so now I have two options, I can buy a used shock and I dont know what I get (I have sourced one for a good price) , or 2, I managed to track down someone who rebuilds and services shocks, they even rebuild sealed units, they do it in a specialized chamber, the shock gets cut open and stuff replaced, icl nitrogen and oil and seals.. and then the thing is welded shut again.. well at least this is how they explained it to me...

now my question is, before I make a decision... Someone told me that people swap out the DL650 shock for a DL1000 one.. and they fit.. only they are slightly longer which makes for a bit higher ride height.. is this true? I tried to google this and the swopouts but I am not successful.

any advice here would greatly be appreciated guys. thanks

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post #2 of 17 Old 06-16-2016, 10:18 AM
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I'd like to know too. Increases the possibilities of dead shock repairs.
Ride height increase might be good for cornering!
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Lets hope for a response from someone that knows then bud
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It's true. The Vee shock will fit and is slightly longer. However, it will still be too lightly sprung and not adjustable without modification. I would look for an aftermarket shock first.

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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It's true. The Vee shock will fit and is slightly longer. However, it will still be too lightly sprung and not adjustable without modification. I would look for an aftermarket shock first.
Thanks bud, I have checked and there is absolute NO way I can afford that.. Its like R6000 (ZAR) minimum and that is without shipping and import taxes... I can get a 2nd hand shock from a place locally called "Bike hospital" for R1500... But not sure what the condition is. And then there is the option of getting my shock redone by a dude that does this cutting open and welding the thing for about the same price.. I dont know which route to take though. I was thinking if the DL1000 shock is stronger or maybe better to rather get a 2nd hand one of those at the same place if they have...

Mmm... Not sure what to do
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The DL1000 shock is slightly better as it has a piston separating the gas and oil. It still is not a great shock though and would need a new spring at least.

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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Ok so if you only had 2 options.. Buy the 2nd hand 650 shock or 2nd hand 1000 shock?
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As I said, the DL1000 shock is slightly better.

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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I put a '12 1000 with 5 K miles on my '07 650. I did notice it doing a better job dampening. It is longer, not much. It was still under sprung, so I put a heavier spring (600/10.7) on it. Some don't notice the dampening change with the heavier spring, I do. Still, the stronger springs are needed front & rear for me.

2007 DL 650 with assorted upgrades
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I hve a dl 1000 shock on my 08 650. it was re-valved and re-sprung first by sasquach, then recently tuned up by cogent dynamics. it does a good job, loads better than stock.
perhaps you can get the dl1000 shock and have a suspension shop respiring and valve it for you.
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