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    Junior Member ricardo's Avatar
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    Hello, I am now to the forum. I recently bought a 2002 TW200 with 400 miles. After cleaning the carb it runs well.

    Now I am looking for a better/softer rear shock. I am 68 and weigh 155 so I'm not an agressive rider. I am in Baja for the winter and do not have access to tools to modify the shock or the bike.

    I looked at some of the earlier posts and read that some of you had used Vstar and quad shocks. How did that work for you?

    Has anybody found other low cost options??

    Will certainly appreciate your help and advice.

    Richard Montrose

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    There are a few shocks we have tried and all have been 'better' than stock. One of our members had good luck with the Banshee shock 'right out of the box'. Many others found the stock Banshee spring much to soft. Since you are not a heavy guy, you might give that a try first. Should that not work, you can purchase a stiffer spring.



    On another note, I just sold my Baja Bug to a fellow that 'winters' in Baja. He mentioned some very small 'town' on the gulf coast. Should you see this rig, likely it will be driven by Wayne. Say hi for me. Gerry



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    Quote Originally Posted by turtlelake View Post
    Hello, I am now to the forum. I recently bought a 2002 TW200 with 400 miles. After cleaning the carb it runs well.

    Now I am looking for a better/softer rear shock. I am 68 and weigh 155 so I'm not an agressive rider. I am in Baja for the winter and do not have access to tools to modify the shock or the bike.

    I looked at some of the earlier posts and read that some of you had used Vstar and quad shocks. How did that work for you?

    Has anybody found other low cost options??

    Will certainly appreciate your help and advice.

    Richard Montrose
    Welcome to the T Dub forum. I am a novice at best and I just put a banshee/blaster shock on my T Dub. You only need basic tools to change it (Pillips, wrench for the rear wheel, and a few others) and I did my in my apartment living room. I had to have a small bushing machined for the top eye loop on the shock ($40) and it can be a bit tough to put the pin through the bottom of end of the shock, but there is not much tech knowledge needed.



    I have a second identical shock that I paid $25 for, I will sell it for the same price if you like. It has a white spring and looks to be in pretty good shape. I bought one that was listed as a blaster, then a bought another that was listed as a banshee and they are both identical. So, if you are interested in trying it, let me know, I will get a price for shipping.



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    So if i ride two up and want to raise the rear , the banshee shock is to soft?



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    I would be inclined to say yes Mike. To get it stiffer, you can get a heavier spring. If you are handy, you can fab a spacer and thicker bumper stop and use the stock spring. Gerry



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    I looked at Banshee/Blaster shocks. Some of them have a reservoir. I would guess that the ones with the reservoir would be better. Is it possible to bolt on the reservoir shock without modifications.

    Thanks for your input,

    Richard

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    The later model, reservoir-less Banshee shock as well as the ones with cast-in reservoirs won't fit. The one you want is typically gold anodized. The shock will need to be installed reservoir-DOWN.



    It will lift the bike considerably when at rest, and will generally settle lower than the original height once your weight is on the seat. Too mushy for offroad at your weight, but it'll probably be ok on pavement.



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    Thanks for the info. Do you know anyone that has tried the YZF600 shock?

    Richard

    Quote Originally Posted by lizrdbrth View Post
    The later model, reservoir-less Banshee shock as well as the ones with cast-in reservoirs won't fit. The one you want is typically gold anodized. The shock will need to be installed reservoir-DOWN.



    It will lift the bike considerably when at rest, and will generally settle lower than the original height once your weight is on the seat. Too mushy for offroad at your weight, but it'll probably be ok on pavement.

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    None of these shocks acceptable as a bolt-on-and-ride proposition, if that's what you're looking for. All of them fall into the project category and will require spacers, spring changes, special brackets, and/or a bit of trial-and-error with spring rates, etc.



    You can soften the stock shock SLIGHTLY by moving the preload clip into the lowest groove. Short of a lighter spring from Eibach or other supplier there isn't a great deal else you can do about it.



    TahoeTW, the Banshee shock is too light even for one-up riding. My 105lb. social director can bottom one on a speedbump, and I can bottom one by jumping down on the bike in the driveway.



    Blaster and Banshee shocks are two completely different critters. A lot of people appear to think they're interchangable. They aren't. Read the shock mod sticky and all the posted links to past shock mods carefully before you throw good munny after bad.



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