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    My Suspension Mods

    I completed the suspension mods for now.

    I put in 3/4" long PVC spacers in the front. Didn't take any picture's.

    After reading Werloc's and many other posts on the subject, I modified the rear with a 3/16" Spacer (blue) and moved the circlip from the center position to the top position, which was another 3/16" on center of an inch. Just under 3/8" ish total.

    Much firmer suspension now. I did ride yesterday, but it wasn't a fair enough sample as there was too much snow to ride aggressively. So far I like it, but hitting the rocky bumpy trails will be the real test.

    Here's a photo of the spacer (blue) and the circlip moved to the top grove.



    Another photo with it all put back together and in position.


    I used the jack & ratchet strap spring compression method. Obviously the correct tool would be best, but it worked. Didn't have to worry about anything flying around as it was strapped in pretty good.



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    Clever spring compression technique, very commendable.
    I know about a zip tie on forks to measure fork maximum travel but is there some way to tell how much rear shock travel is used after a good bouncy ride.? Just curious if you had been bottoming out either before or after recent stiffening of suspension with spacers and red hammer.
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    I don't know how to measure the rear travel. I've never heard of anyone doing that either.

    To my recollection, I had never bottomed out the front. Only bottomed out the rear a few times that I remember. I don't think I'll be bottoming out now. Does not squat nearly as much with me sitting on it either. Georgie and I went on a ride out back yesterday. Lots of slippery snow, so I did some cross country riding. Tons and tons of Badger holes. I officially hate badgers. Anyway, rode over the mounds with Georgie on back and didn't bottom out at all, and there were lots of big mounds.

    If I rode mostly street, I wouldn't bother with this mod, but seeing how I'm expanding my off-road riding time, seems like it will help. With the front spacers installed, I noticed an improvement going over the washboards in the gravel road. Smoother if you will or less skipping around if that makes sense.
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    Nice job Kris.
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    You could rig your video cam looking at the rear somehow. Anyway, nice job.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Werloc View Post
    You could rig your video cam looking at the rear somehow. Anyway, nice job.....
    Clever idea, never thought of this. Maybe I'll do this as a long term project. Not inclined to change back to stock for comparison's until at least Moab is over. ...but I'll keep it in mind.
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    Was thinking the shock needed an additional mod beyond spring compression!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TW2013 View Post
    Admiral, there is a way to check on rear shock travel. Take a acid brush...the small mechanics brush that you apply grease or anti-sieze to a part....and liberally apply a coating of any dark grease you have...timken bearing grease...Moly-B....anti-sieze....anything like that, to the shaft of the shock. Coat the shaft from top to bottom. Then, go ride the bike....hard. When you are done, and get off the bike, look at how much of that dark grease has been wiped away by the shock housing. If there is a little bit of dark grease left at the upper end of the shaft, then you have not bottomed out.

    You silly guys from I-Duh-HO needs to come West, Young Man, and see what us older fellers in the state to the West of you are doing with our bikes....

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    Well, that's an even better idea than using the camera and I'll do it. However, just for fun and the opportunity to mess with the camera, I'll use it too!

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    Thanks again for the shock tip!
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