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    Rear shock, trying to decide best bang for the buck

    I could not stay away guys......dr650, drz400, husaberg fe390, and I had to come back to the TW, just such a damn good, fun bike as you all know. I promise ill keep this one now....wife forbids me to sell it, haha.

    So i did all of my "usual" mods, and got the fork all setup proper with spacers and the oil level, but as we all know, the shock is kinda lacking, doing a climb up one of our fireroad hills and jumping the water bars, the front end is great, and the rear just smacks. I am ready to drop some coin for something to make the rear end better.

    The 3 options I narrowed it down to are this:

    Keep the stock shock, and buy the procycle spring......costs $139, plus ill have to buy a spring compressor at $25 from Rocky Mountain with my discount. I weigh in at 192lbs, so with gear a bit more, I do like to ride aggressive, so I am on the border between the white or red spring, I dont think i would mind having it a bit stiffer, so for $140 i would rather be safe than sorry, so I would probably opt for the 19kg spring unless you guys suggest the 15kg one. So that puts me in at $164 plus shipping for the spring and tool, plus the install time.

    The second option is the popular Banshee or Blaster shock. I would like to think they have touch better valving, but realize they are sprung way light for our TW's, however they can be had pretty cheap between $30-60, and I am sure there are plenty of good used springs out there fairly cheap too, it would just be a matter of trying to find the right spring weight. I realize it will raise the rear end up the bike up a bit, and I am not opposed to that. I would like to eventually get the YZ80 fork tubes and raise the front too, but that project is ways away if it ever happens.

    Anyone know what springs to look for on the ATV shocks? Whats your thoughts on going one way vs the other performance wise?
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    I went with the Baron 8523RD spring on a stock TW2000 shock.

    As far as I can tell it's the same as the heavy Pro-Cycle spring, but half the price ($70 shipped on ebay).

    https://baronscustom.com/catalog/display/570/index.html

    I used Pro-Cycle's hydraulic press method to compress the spring, and it was pretty easy.

    I'm 260lbs, but I do not ride aggressively. This spring (along with Pro-Cycles heavy duty front springs) makes my TW feel just right to me.

    Have fun!
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    Have you first tried using the adjustment on the shock and/or putting in a spacer before going and spending $$$?
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    The stock shock can be adjusted. It has 3 grooves cut into it and a circlip in one of them. (if you get down and look closely at the shock on the bike, you will see a empty groove below the circlip, you won't be able to see the top groove until you take it apart) It comes stock with the circlip in the middle one. It can be adjusted one step softer or one step stiffer. Try it on the next stiffer groove and then if that isn't enough, you can put a 3/8 inch spacer or so under it and reassemble it granting you an even stiffer option. If this isn't enough, buy a new heavier spring from Procycle. I think Admiral has a pic of a shock with a spacer installed... Admiral?

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    LT is speaking of increasing the pre-load on the stock spring.
    Stock spring supposedly has a progressive spring rate but the transition from tight to loose spring coils seems abrupt and thus so does the ride. Abrupt is no good, like bottoming out prematurely. Soft low pressure balloon tires help absorb this abrupt transition since Yamaha only gives us a bit over 6" of travel to absorb all the energy.
    Banshee shock body with a stiffer linear spring like from a Raptor can work. Shock throw needs a limiter added ( ~2.4 inches ) otherwise tire on full compression hits underside of seat pan and/or cross members depending on any swing arm extension.
    Places like AutoZone offer a variety of free tool loans including spring compressors.
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    The pre-2015 bikes came as LT says, three grooves decided by a washer/spacer – you have to compress the spring to adjust. Harder makes the bike a little taller, but it’s hardly noticeable. Post 2015/2016 Yamaha changed the design of the rear shock, this time with a more conventional adjuster, but again, to make adjustments, you need to compress the spring

    There is little or no difference between the two styles of shock, so don’t go getting your hopes up – they’re still cheap and ineffective, and you still need to compress the spring in both cases - (the later style adjusts with a C spanner, the old style you need to withdraw the washer/spacer, and re-insert it into a new position)

    We could probably find pics of both types, but they would add nothing to the discussion – one look at your own shock will tell you everything you need to know

    If you are on an older bike, check the welds between the shock itself, and the top and bottom mounts (on the shock). In some cases these were tack welded, and prone to failure – the correct ones were seam welded all round – again, the difference will be obvious at first glance …..
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    Many of us have had good luck with OE shocks, fitted with a ProCycle spring.
    Two spring rates available, depending weight of rider/with gear.
    Lighter & stiffer than OE spring, better quality steel.
    ProCycle sale this week end...$10 off.
    Regular price $139.95.

    http://https://procycle.us/bikepages...tml#suspension



    "Lighter and stiffer than stock, these high quality straight rate springs are custom made specifically for the TW200. No adapter is needed! A proper rear spring will give a smoother more controlled ride. No more bottoming and better traction and confidence off-road. If you (with all your gear on!) weigh up to 220 lbs, you want the 15 kg/mm spring. 225 lbs and up will want the 19 kg/mm spring. ! Not for 2017 or newer models. Installation guide with photos."
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    What are peeps with 2017 and newer TW's options?

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