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  1. DL1000A - 2017-19
    Just had my shock fully rebuilt and fitted with a heavier spring. Got it back and less that 1500 miles later it's leaking a ton of oil. Guy who did the work won't warranty it and wants to charge me $75 plus $30 shipping both ways. I'm thinking of just buying a spring compressing tool and doing...
  2. DL650 and DL650A - 2004 to 2011
    Hello everyone, I am new to this forum, I am begginer rider and recently bought 2008 650 v strom which is my first bike. It has 63 000 km (40 000 miles). I would like your help with rear shock. Everything on the bike is stock so I want to upgrade it a bit, I am 95kg (210 lbs) and I need your...
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  4. DL650 and DL650A - 2004 to 2011
    Greetings. I'm a newb to motorcycles (used to trail ride) and the V-strom. I am planning a moto/camping trip in a month or so, and am thinking about how to set-up my suspension for the load. Also, I'd like to know how to make rough adjustments for taking the odd passenger here and there. I have...
  5. Suspension and Tire Tech
    I would like to be able to adjust the rear preload to fit my needs (switching between solo and 2-up). However, my dial won't turn at all. Well, maybe 1/300th of a degree. Has anyone had this issue? If so, what can I do to get that baby spinning again? Previous owner said he had it set at 5. I am...
  6. DL650 and DL650A - 2004 to 2011
    Hi guys, I recently replaced the bearings in my swingarm and shock linkage. I was putting the bike back together last night and noticed a fair amount of space between the shock linkage and the sides of the rear shock mount at the bottom. I attached an image with arrows pointing to the area I am...
  7. DL650 and DL650A - 2004 to 2011
    During a recent trip to Fortuna, California for the Stromtrooper's West Coast group ride, I came to realize how inadequate the stock suspension really is on my 2007 Suzuki V-Strom 650. The bike has 62,000 miles on it and the suspension is completely stock without modification or adjustment. Over...
  8. Suspension and Tire Tech
    I am going to have both my forks and my rear shock rebuilt by Sasquatch in Idaho, and called my local dealership to get a rate on removing them from the bike, storing it for up to a week (tops) and then installing the rebuilt parts back on the bike. They quoted me 2 hours of shop time to remove...
  9. DL1000A - 2014-2016
    Okay – Let’s get the disclaimers out of the way first – I am not a trained suspension technician. But I did almost flunk out of engineering at the University of MD in 1972 after spending far more time smoking reefer than studying. I am a nerd who loves to spend his farkeling pennies on...
  10. DL650A - 2012-2016
    I have lowered my 2012 650 by 3/4" front and back. Is still maybe a 'tad' too tall. My heels do not quite reach the ground. I am a novice rider and would be more comfortable with another 1/2" - at least whilst learning. Question: if I lower the back an additional 1/2" (I don't believe the...
  11. Suspension and Tire Tech
    Hi All, Hope someone can help. I am mechanically useless, and at 120 kgs on a 2010 DL1000 after 40K's think the suspension would be in need of a bit of attention. I am in search of what to look for and what I need to be aware of so when I go somewhere I am at least sold what is required. I...
  12. Suspension and Tire Tech
    I am fixing up a K2 Vee with 47K miles on it. What should I know about suspension? I know everyone talks about replacing the front fork springs and upgrade the rear suspension, but I am more concerned about knowing/testing what I have to know if I have a problem already or going to happen...
  13. DL650A - 2012-2016
    Before I am criticized for this thread, I did searches and could not find any info on this specific topic. My 2012 Adventure has a number of threaded holes where the rear suspension is connected to the frame as shown in the attachment. What are these holes used for? Can any of them be used to...
  14. Suspension and Tire Tech
    I have a chance to take some measurements on the 2012 Fork internals on my 650 (can't quite call it a Glee yet..) anyway, I couldn't easily find the info. from the earlier years, but am sure it is out there, and thought there may be some interest to see what is different based on the different...
  15. DL650A - 2012-2016
    I'm a shorter rider, and am getting my 2012 v-strom lowered a little bit. My mechanic has advised that this is likely to badly effect the handling of the bike though. I see a number of people on the forum have lowered their bikes.. how did you find the result? Also.. how much did you end up...
  16. Suspension and Tire Tech
    Hi folks. A couple people have mentioned elsewhere that someone my size should replace the rear shock spring with something heavier duty. I have a 2004 weestrom, I'm 6'6" and about 260lbs. The bike is comfortable and rides okay for me, but I'm sure i'm past the top end weight for that setup...
  17. DL650 and DL650A - 2004 to 2011
    I’ve spend many hours reading through front suspension threads here, and most seem to involve endless experimentation - drilling out this, brazing closed that, messing with springs and plates on emulators and custom blending of fork oil. I really want to improve my front suspension, but I don’t...
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