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post #71 of 79 Old 03-22-2016, 07:44 PM
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RT Spacer Model Number

The lower spacer from RT doesn't fit the lower collar, there is about a 3mm difference. The top spacer fits snug with the top collar. Does anyone have the model numbers of the spacers handy so I can compare the ones they sent me with the ones that work?

Top spacer which fits perfectly is model SPSC B5649.
Bottom spacer they sent which doesn't fit is model SPSC P575510.

This is for a 2014 DL560.
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The lower spacer from RT doesn't fit the lower collar, there is about a 3mm difference. The top spacer fits snug with the top collar. Does anyone have the model numbers of the spacers handy so I can compare the ones they sent me with the ones that work?

Top spacer which fits perfectly is model SPSC B5649.
Bottom spacer they sent which doesn't fit is model SPSC P575510.

This is for a 2014 DL560.
That's what was on the website as required spacers to go with the new shock spring. Just placed an order myself and expecting it this Monday. Got me a little worried now!

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Post back here if you can figure it out! Hopefully I am just doing something dumb and it will be an easy fix.

They have been completely worthless as far as Customer Support goes, just a warning.
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They have been completely worthless as far as Customer Support goes, just a warning.
Yea I've already noticed with their website ordering that things are a little "different". I'll cross my fingers.

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OK, so I received the spacers listed above, and although they had no markings to identify them (that I could see), they did fit correctly in combination with the stock spacers. The RaceTech spring was an Eibach, shorter than stock, but with the spacers installed they were equal in length. One RT spacer was more of a stamped metal insert, which I placed on top of the spring, and then inserted one of the stock spacers into that. (The top and bottom spacers appear to be the same.). The other RT spacer was machined aluminum, which was fit into the bottom of the spring, and then the stock spacer inserted into the machined spacer.

One thing- To exchange the springs, I clamped the shock into the vise, then used two lengths of All-Thread, with large washers and nuts top and bottom, to compress the spring. To keep it all together I snugged up a hose clamp around the top of this contraption. To compress the springs I just used a ratchet until the spring clip was accessible. Anyway, I nicked a couple spots where the threads contacted the spring. (Not sure if it's painted or powder-coated or what.). So should I worry that rust may develop on those couple of tiny spots? I figure it'll be covered in chain oil before long anyway...

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Yep, directions would help. The rear spring I got from Pro Cycle was the same way, adapters took a bit to figure out since they are not marked at all. If you have some wood laying around you can make a floor jack work too. There is directions online for building a floor jack shock compressor.

I have a Harbor Freight 20 ton press in my shop, so it was really easy to compress the shock. I just took a piece of scrap 2x4 and screwed two 2x4 legs on just wide enough to catch the shock's top on the sides, looks like a square with the bottom missing. Took me longer to screw the wood together than actually removing the spring. Well worth the trouble though, I'm really happy with my spring upgrade.
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Yea wish I had a nice set-up like that. Considered cobbling up some lumber for the floorjack method but thought that would take longer.

Whaddya think about how I nicked a couple spots off the powder-coat? Rust problems later, or no worries?

Yes I upgraded to Intiminators and Sonics up front, now that the whole bike will be properly sprung I can't wait to try it!

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If its easy to get at put some paint on the scratches. Red nail polish could work if you have a woman around...
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Greetings -- I just ordered the 0800,225.0700 Eibach coilover spring from summitracing.com for my 2015 dl650xt for $73 delivered, plus the spring adapters from racetech.com for about $57; the adapters are cheaper at procycle.com. use the spring rate calculator at racetech.com for "street" riding, not "adventure" riding. otherwise, you spring will be too stiff for your weight. for my weight (160 lbs), the race tech calculator estimated a 12.5 kg/mm which is equal to 700 inch lbs.

kg/mm to lb/in Converter, Chart -- EndMemo using this calculator, the race tech spec for a 13.4 kg/mm is equal to the Eibach spring 800.225.750. order it using those specs at summitracing and save $70 on the racetech price. for 12.5 kg/mm or 700 inch lbs, order the Eibach 0800.225.700, etc. the first 2 numbers on the summitracing order align with the racetech specs for the spring dimensions: 8 inches x 2.25 inches

I weigh 160 lbs naked. However, when I'm dressed with my cargo in the top box and pillion, I weigh 250 total. with preload set at 5, my sag is 70mm versus recommended 40mm. the front sag is fine with 2 lines showing on the front forks, versus 3 lines in stock condition.

There re are many posts on this thread where riders give their weight, etc and explain how the different spring rates worked out for them. RoosterMan weighs 190 lbs and used an 11.6 kg/mm. He had to set preload at 3 lines on the shock to get the correct sag. He would have been better off with the 12.5 spring, so that he could get the correct sag with no preload. Based on his specs, I opted for the 12.5 kg/mm or 700 inch lbs spring.

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