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post #1 of 16 Old 10-24-2003, 12:23 AM
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Rear Shock

Anyone changed out the rear shock yet with an aftermarket shock and or spring?
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post #2 of 16 Old 10-24-2003, 01:04 AM
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Jebus K,

You run through that back shock already? You gonna upgrade the front while you are at it?
post #3 of 16 Old 10-24-2003, 11:25 PM
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John Weldon on the mail list had a custom Wilbers built. It looks to me the set-up to get. It was built to his weight and riding style.

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I sent Wilburs an email but haven't heard back yet. Yeah, I'm thinking of doing the front at the same time, maybe with a bit lighter oil.

Meat, I'm pretty hefty and the bike has over 32,000 miles on it now. I have the rear cranked all the way up now so replacement is the next step. The shock hasn't had an easy life :roll:
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Kent,

John had his made for his weight. The shock is set for 290 pounds and has plenty of adjustment past that. My shock is also dialed all the way out and with me and all of my gear packed it sags pretty bad.

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post #6 of 16 Old 10-26-2003, 11:21 AM
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I got the reply from Wilbers. Looks like that is the way I am going to go.
I can supply a stock replacement spring which is 30 % stronger (load carrying capacity) then the stock one @ $ 116.00 + S&H, or, I can supply you a complete new shock.

The following is some general information as well as pricing and pictures.

The WILBERS shocks come with a five year warranty.
The service intervals during this time are approx 2=3 years or 20-30,000
miles.
Service is done here in the US at my place at a cost of approx. $ 75 - 100
per shock.
The WILBERS shocks are custom built to your specifications by the factory
and not converted over here. Other shocks (Oehlins, Penske etc.) are usually
customized to your specifications by the guy who installs them, or you have
to send them to a service place at additional cost.
The shocks can be built to lower your riding height - some bikes up to 2",
as well as to raise the riding height at no additional cost. Other
manufacturers will not do that at all, because it does not agree with their
mass production, or way of manufacturing.
The WILBERS shocks are offered with adjustable HIGH and LOW speed
compression damping.
There is a choice between a BLUE (standard) or RED color spring, at no cost.
Other colors can be done at extra cost.
Delivery is between 3 - 4 weeks.
The WILBERS shocks are high quality items, exclusively built to your
specifications, at a price level of a mass-production item.

For the SUZUKI DL 1000 V-Strom, I can offer the following:

Model 640 @ $ 417.00
the shock has adjustable rebound damping with 22 clicks, and infinite
variable adjustment for the spring pre-load via C-spanner

or:

Model 641 @ $ 627.00
the shock has adjustable rebound damping with 22 clicks, as well as High and
Low speed compression damping with 22 clicks each and hose mounted
reservoir.

Options:
# 629 = infinite variable adjustable ride height +/- 1/2" @ $ 66.00
# 625 = hydraulic pre-load adjuster for rear shock, to eliminate the
fiddling with the hook-wrench @ $ 196.00

The attached pictures (generic) show the different models and installed
options.

S&H in the US is $ 20.00 per shock

If you have any questions or want to talk to me about it, call me at either
my shop 877-786-6543 or eve. 732-845-3557

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be of service.
Klaus Huenecke
post #7 of 16 Old 02-10-2004, 11:21 AM
 
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Shock Springs

Has anyone just swapped the spring in the original Shock. What manufactures offer a spring for the VS. I'm looking for a slightly firmer spring, but I still want the bike to handle the gravel roads. What are the original measurements of the OME spring ie rates etc. I'm also considering the 3 line spacer.

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What I'am going to try first to do is to increase the damping force. There is a screw adjustment on the shock to soften or stiffen the dampenig. My bike wallows or feels mushy when pushed hard.

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post #9 of 16 Old 02-15-2004, 07:40 PM
 
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Spring Sag

It's best to be patient when alter suspension from OME specs. Do things one at a time, then you can more easily understand if your tweeking has made improvements. My VS was lowered when I bought it. Now I would like to put it back up to stock height. Supposedly when you change the ride height rake and trail will be altered slightly. I would like to have more preloaded on the back. I've been told that the mechanical advantage of the links and shock may be reduced when lowering the rear of the bike.
So if I put the bike back to stock height I may have increased firmness in the suspension. If not I will then add the 3 line spacer for more preload. This will also raise the height of the bike.

Measuring Sag on your bike can derive useful information for suspension setup. Good articles are:

http://www.moto-rama.com/html/techni...formation.html

You need a few people to measure Sag. What I 'am going to do is take my bike to my shop and have them measure the Sag.

- 1 measurement without the rider.
- 2 " with rider.
- 3 " with rider and bike fully loaded with gear.

This should give me a good idea if the Sag is within tolerance. If Sag cannot be ajusted out with preload then it's time to move to a larger Kg/mm spring.

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post #10 of 16 Old 02-19-2004, 11:24 PM
 
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Wilbers Coil Spring

Heres the data on the Wilbers.

- Suzuki OME Spring 8.7 Kg/mm

- Wilbers Spring 10.3 Kg/mm $116 US. Part # 496-011-00

Both springs have consistent coils not progressive. Just putting the spring in the shock you will have to live with the damping characteristics of the OME shock.

I wiegh 240 lbs and I was also considering the 3 line spacer, but I do not think it is necessary with this spring. I may replace the springs next year.
This year I'm think about installing the 3 line spacer with my stock shock though.

Wilbers US distributor is Klaus at http://www.run-n-lites.com. other info can be found on the above threads.
His E-Mail address is [email protected]


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