Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Crawfordville, FL
Rear Shock Spring Replacement
For a while now I've felt like the rear suspension on my 2008 Wee (37k miles) just isn't up to snuff. I know there are a few threads out there about Wee's sitting low all of a sudden and it seems a common cause is the rear preload adjuster running low on fluid. There's an execellent how-to thread in Maintenance, Tech and Farkles that shows how to adddress a low fluid situation. I checked my bike while on the centerstand and maxed out I can get 4 lines to show. So that's something I will address when I get the shock out to replace the spring.
There are of course all sorts of aftermarket shock options but I decided to go the low cost route and ordered a RaceTech spring from SV Racing.
I looked in the factory manual and I don't see anything about how to swap out the spring once removed from the bike. I know you have to compress the spring but what are the next steps? Also, I've read you can use a floor jack and 2x4's to compress the springs. For the first time in a while Google has failed me.
Does anyone have links to someone actually doing this with a V-Strom rear shock?
2008 V-Strom 650 Black (sold)
2012 Super Tenere