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post #1 of 32 Old 06-11-2012, 02:37 AM Thread Starter
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Rear Shock Sitting Low, Springs Worn Out?

My 2008 DL650 has done about 30,000km - about a fifth of that on dirt - and I want some advice on the rear suspension.

On a ride today I noticed the rear is sitting really low. When the bike was new my toes only just reached the ground. Now both feet are nearly flat on the ground. I'm a heavy guy (250lb) and that's probably contributed to the springs wearing out, I'm guessing. Full pre-load didn't make much of a difference.

What's the correct method for increasing the ride height? Can I do something similar to a tuneup? Or am I at least looking at new springs, or even a whole new suspension?
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Check the lines on the shock that indicate preload level with the rear wheel off the ground and see if they change through all five lines with preload setting. You may have lost the hydraulic fluid in the preload adjuster.

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That's almost what I was gonna ask. I dragged the right peg a couple times yesterday and I have the adjuster turned all the way to the stop, righty-tighty.
Now I know what to look for, thanks GW.
The suspension seems firm still though and I don't have lowering links.
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Any further info on this? I am going through the same thing on my 07.
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Check whether you can get 5 lines showing above the spring with the hydraulic adjuster. If not, it needs more oil and a check for leaks. If so, the spring has sacked or is just plain too light.

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Check whether you can get 5 lines showing above the spring with the hydraulic adjuster. If not, it needs more oil and a check for leaks. If so, the spring has sacked or is just plain too light.
Thank you. Will see what I can see tonight.

If it is low on fluid what are the fixes?
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If it is low on fluid what are the fixes?
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Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
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Or am I at least looking at new springs, or even a whole new suspension?
Especially if you're riding on dirt, you will not regret a "real" shock in the rear and Intiminators or Emulators up front, along with the correct fork springs and correct fork oil.

Paved highway, you can squeak by with the OEM stuff, but once you've tasted better on dirt, you won't go back.

-Tom (DL650AL2) (KA1TOX) (E-I-E-I-O)

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I find myself dragging that dang right peg more often now. I did the check GW suggested and the unit moves through the 5 lines on the shock. I have 37K miles on the bike and it has the stock link on it. I'm going to have to have Gorilla or Sasquatch do a rework or learn not to be such a squid!:biggrinjester:
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So I have all five lines.

What to check next?
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