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post #1 of 15 Old 07-13-2009, 02:13 PM Thread Starter
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Question Suspension Help????

I have a 06 650 and would like to get the rear suspension stiffer. I am 250 (on a good day) and have it maxed right now, it is still the stock system. I would like to know if anyone has swaped their spring or shock for a stiffer one? I would like to have the the mid range setting of a new one be around the same as the max setting of the stock system...can anyone guide me or give me an answer? The shops here don't quite have the answer for me.
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I too was in need of a heavier spring, but was unable to find a supplier for just a replacement spring for the stock shock.

I made and installed a 4mm spacer for my spring, so what was the 3rd(ish) line of preload became zero..if you follow me. I've been pretty happy with the results, but would have prefered a new spring.

Perhaps another member knows of a supplier.

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ps: do you have your compression dampning turned all the way up to heavy?

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There are several spring and shock manufacturers that you can choose from. When mine gave out, I did this.

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There are several spring and shock manufacturers that you can choose from. When mine gave out, I did this.
Yes, there are, but do any of them make an actual replacement spring for the stocker? It seems they only make springs for the particular shock they manufacture.

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Yes, there are, but do any of them make an actual replacement spring for the stocker? It seems they only make springs for the particular shock they manufacture.

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I believe Wilburs makes a replacement for the stock spring. Keep in mind though that replacing just the spring is a very imperfect solution. The rebound damping isn't enough even for the stock spring, especially as the miles add up and the shock wears. Putting a stiffer spring on there just makes that worse.

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Should I decide to ride my Wee for another season, I shall consider the Sasquatch this winter.

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I have a 06 650 and would like to get the rear suspension stiffer. I am 250 (on a good day) and have it maxed right now, it is still the stock system. I would like to know if anyone has swaped their spring or shock for a stiffer one? I would like to have the the mid range setting of a new one be around the same as the max setting of the stock system...can anyone guide me or give me an answer? The shops here don't quite have the answer for me.
I am in your same boat as we speak. I really wish I had the money to send my shock off to Jay @ Sasquatch, but I have other things that need to be farkled and I can't stand the idea of not being able to ride the bike for a week or more while I have the shock off and away being worked on. I decided to try swapping out the spring to see if that gives some relief to my squishy rear blues. Some say the stock shock can't handle the extra spring rate, but I have seen others who have reported changing the spring with success. I don't have my damping screw all the way in as it is, so I feel the shock has the capability to handle a bit more spring rate.

I was going to order a Hyperpro spring, but decided to e-mail Jay to get his input first and see what sort of springs he has. He recommended for a bigger guy to stay away from progressive springs since they tend to blow through the first part of its travel too easily. I took his advice and went with one of the springs he uses on his rebuilds.

The spring is on its way as we speak, so I will soon be reporting back on this once I get the swap completed. So far, I am very pleased with the level of customer service and response. Jay did mention the one I ordered was his last till his next batch he ordered comes in. If you are thinking about just trying your hand at swapping the spring, you might want to e-mail him to find out how long before the new stock arrives. His website is www.sasquatchrider.com if you want to get in touch.
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ps: do you have your compression dampning turned all the way up to heavy?[/QUOTE]

My dampining is cranked all the way up to Fat Bast...! I just did a loop ride through Jasper down to Banff back to Edmonton, 1200Kms, and with just me and my gear, the bike handled fairly good but was spongy during bumps. As an example, on flat ground to put the kickstand down, i had to put it down and stand up a bit to get it into place proper. Anyone considering doing this ride...DO IT!!! the scenery is awesome, not to mention the people that you meet!
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Realized why i want to swap my suspension even more now. I just finished a 1200km ride from Edomonton to Jasper Park and down through Banff to Calgary and back to Edmonton. After the shock, a custom seat may be in order Butt sore!!! With my Givi cases and camp gear, the suspension dialed out to max, I had spongyness over bumps. I would have loved to have my 100lb wife with me on this one, but don't think it would have been healthy for the bike. Am looking into the Sasquatch and Wilbers solutions. I am really disappointed with the dealershp here because they didn't have an answer or product to help me. Thanks to all who replied.

PS- if you ever get the oppertunity to do this ride, do it. From Edmonton, Hwy 16 to Jasper then the Icefields Parkway (Hwy 93) to Banff and the #2 North. Awesome scenery, and decent people along the way.
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