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post #1 of 9 Old 03-30-2010, 11:49 AM Thread Starter
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Who has replaced only the shock spring on their OEM shock?

Wondering who has replaced only their shock spring on their OEM shock and is satisfied with the results? I have our wee set up as a sport tourer and with rider, passenger, sidecases, top case, tank bag and their contents along with a center stand and a few other farkles, I'm guessing we're adding between 400 and 450 pounds to the bike. I know adding a heavier shock spring won't cure all of the OEM shocks short comings, but I'd be interested if anyone has gone this route and the manufacturer and size spring they used.

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I've now done it both ways. The first time around I just go the wilbers spring. It solved my preload/sag issue, but the valving of the shock couldn't handle the new spring rate it was very bouncy. The second time around I bought an Elka that was tuned for me (300lbs plus luggage). it was a world of difference. So much so that I will never own a bike for very long without tuning the suspension again.

I'd suggest you look up Sasquatch suspension. Jay will respring and revalve your current shock for about $500. I think you will be happier with that result vs just a spring swap

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I installed a HyperPro spring and a 3/8" thick preload spacer made from a cutting board.

This got the suspension in the right place, but damping is still a bit inadequate. It's not nearly as bad as I had feared, though, and the spring alone was a vast, affordable improvement -- $125 vs. $450+ for a Sasquatch rebuild.

I'm still planning to save up some pennies and ship it off to Sasquatch at some point next winter to get it done right. I could also use a higher rate spring, but it's a lot better than stock.

The Hyperpro spring is great, but you should be aware that the US distributor, Annitori, has a firm policy of taking customers' money and lying to them at every opportunity. It took five weeks of unpleasantness to receive my supposedly "in stock" spring, and they openly lied to me about it at every opportunity. At first, I thought my experience was a fluke, but if you poke around it turns out this is pretty much the typical way they do business.

Whatever you do, buy your spring somewhere else. Do not call, email, or do business with Annitori -- they will happily lie to you in order to get your money (they're very good at telling detailed stories, too -- excuses as an art form). And once they have your money, they suddenly lose all interest in shipping the product you paid for.

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Thanks Brian and bwringer for the info.

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Whatever you do, buy your spring somewhere else. Do not call, email, or do business with Annitori -- they will happily lie to you in order to get your money (they're very good at telling detailed stories, too -- excuses as an art form). And once they have your money, they suddenly lose all interest in shipping the product you paid for.
This doesn't match my experience at all. I've ordered Hyperpro springs twice, for my VFR and DL1000. Both springs arrived without issue and within 1-2 weeks.

I was happy with both installations. Not perfect, but a nice improvement for a reasonable cost on both bikes.
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This doesn't match my experience at all. I've ordered Hyperpro springs twice, for my VFR and DL1000. Both springs arrived without issue and within 1-2 weeks.

I was happy with both installations. Not perfect, but a nice improvement for a reasonable cost on both bikes.

They must have had your springs in stock.

Let's just say Annitori is highly variable. Actually, they were quite consistent with me -- the springs were always "arriving in two days" and "you'll get it by Friday". For five straight weeks.

I'm not sure what other spring suppliers there may be, so perhaps we're stuck with Annitori. Ultimately I got a spring, so they're not thieves -- just disorganized and less than truthful. Pay your money, have faith, and wait.


OK, rant over. Sorry about the hijack. The springs are indeed quite nice, and I personally think the purple looks cool. :mrgreen:

Some manly men are offended by this, so they've simply painted their Hyperpro springs black.

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hyperpro spring worked ok

I installed Hyperpro progressive and 1/4 aluminum (home machined) spacer on 06 [lowered 3/4"] for same reason as you (450 lbs load on trip) and it worked fine. I think progressive is good approach for resisting bottoming with heavy loads and $130 worth it.

Now I ordered same spring from Klaus for 07 with only 2500 miles on bike but they were "out of stock". It was estimated to be delivered today so I hope they do not make be play the waiting game as the above poster found. [last time called Klaus and it was in stock and on time].

I had a frozen set screw last time that caused a big PIA. I have my fingers crossed this time.

-- I have to admit after reading the raves about Elka Shock maybe I should have not been a cheapskate but my scottish ways leaned me to get serive life out of barely used stocker..I feel Sasquatch or Elka in my future

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...The Hyperpro spring is great, but you should be aware that the US distributor, Annitori, has a firm policy of taking customers' money and lying to them at every opportunity.

Whatever you do, buy your spring somewhere else. Do not call, email, or do business with Annitori -- they will happily lie to you in order to get your money (they're very good at telling detailed stories, too -- excuses as an art form). And once they have your money, they suddenly lose all interest in shipping the product you paid for.
If anyone is interested in a HyperPro spring, I can recommend EPM Performance Imports in Manalapan, NJ. I called on 5/28 and ordered the spring; it arrived 6/3. The gent who took my order was a bit cold, but he got the job done. $126 + $15 shipping.

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I have a wilburs rear spring and Im happy with the result,I just wanted a little more spring for the odd time I ride two up.

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