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OK guys, before you ask, yes, I did search, but what I am specifically trying to find, is a replacement shock for my 2009 TW that has a BLACK spring, not the lovely yellow spring it currently has. I thought my problem was solved simply by ordering one from Japan, which I did, only to find out that EMS will not ship a pressurized shock, even by surface mail. So, I think I need to find something here.



Also, just so you know, I am building my bike up Japan style, in the end, my bike will end up looking similar to this one:







So, as you can see, yellow doesn't quite fit! So, what options do we have here in the States for a stock spring replacement or a completely new shock with a black spring?



I thought of painting or powder coating my current spring, but painting likely would not hold up, and I am not sure about powder coating a spring. Would the heat screw it up in some way?



Thanks - Bart
 

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AyersGarage is our resident powdercoat expert. Axe him.



Springs are usually dipped in more conventional paints rather than being sprayed or powdercoated, but I there may be powdercoatings which flow at lower temps nowadays.
 

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Powder coating is basically a plastic coating. Powder coating can flex with the spring movement unlike most paints. Powder coating is baked on and heat can take the temper out of a spring. Most spring manufacturers recommend keeping the temperature of the spring below 400 degrees Fahrenheit when powder coating. Just tell your powder coat person to use a powder that can cure below 400 degrees, it will mean the part has to stay in the oven just a little longer.
 

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The Yamaha V-Star spring/shock that I used had a black spring. If you have an extended swingarm I am not sure the spring would be stiff enough although it is more adjustable than the stock TW unit. I do not know year or model, you will need to gamble or research. Brackets needed to be extended for the V-Star unit to fit (length wise) the TW. Good luck. Gerry



 
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