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Old 03-22-2014, 07:58 AM   #40741
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this comes from over at the drRiders site but it strikes my "cheap-skate" nature...

http://drriders.com/topic988.html

My rear spring is pretty comfy for riding the roads around here, but we are currently formulating plans for a little bike ride out west this fall and I am trying not to buy a custom spring to handle the extra weight of camping gear and such just for this ride.

Any thoughts on the function and/or value of thjs approach?
I've got a works spring you can have. Was for an FJR. Can't remember the spring rate, but I can measure the length and diameter if you're interested in trying it.
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Old 03-22-2014, 12:53 PM   #40742
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I've got a works spring you can have. Was for an FJR. Can't remember the spring rate, but I can measure the length and diameter if you're interested in trying it.
Hmmmm.

ok, this is where I expose my lack of real knowledge once again, but hey, what the heck.

I have been THINKING about this project (and a few others) all winter, but as yet have not gone out into the "colder than a witch's you know what" shed to really look at what I have. The internet suggests that the DR has a tapered rear spring. Don't know how tapered. I assume it's tapered to make it fit either upper or lower pivot areas.

It might be fun to hold one in each hand - and see what the differences are, but I am trying to be realistic and assume that the work required to "make" something fit would out weigh the value. I have been trying to search up some actual measurements for EITHER spring but so far about the only thing I have come up with is a data-point that suggests that the stock FJR spring is comparable to the Heavy spring that most people get for the DR.

IF it ever freaking warms up, I will be out in the shed for a while this spring. When I do, I will take some measurements and maybe pics and add them to the knowledge base.

Maybe then I'll take you up on the offer.

Thanks.
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Old 03-22-2014, 01:34 PM   #40743
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Hmmmm.

Thanks.
I think I know where it is... I'll take some quick measurement. Not surprised the spring rate is close. It might be a little shorter than the DR, but I'd be surprised if you couldn't get it to fit on the stock shock body.

Edit:
Coils are .44" diameter
ID of spring is 2.33"
OD of spring is 3.2"
Length is 7.2"
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Old 03-22-2014, 04:49 PM   #40744
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Old 03-22-2014, 05:20 PM   #40745
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Old 03-22-2014, 06:03 PM   #40746
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Old 03-22-2014, 06:27 PM   #40747
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Old 03-22-2014, 07:16 PM   #40748
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If it ever warms up....

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Hmmmm.

ok, this is where I expose my lack of real knowledge once again, but hey, what the heck.

........................................... The internet suggests that the DR has a tapered rear spring. Don't know how tapered. I assume it's tapered to make it fit either upper or lower pivot areas.

.................................................. .................................

IF it ever freaking warms up, I will be out in the shed for a while this spring. When I do, I will take some measurements and maybe pics and add them to the knowledge base.

Maybe then I'll take you up on the offer.

Thanks.
I replaced my DR 650 rear spring two years ago, I think that the rear replacement was an 8.3 (just trying to guess). If the OEM was tapered in any manner I did not notice, nor did the replacement go in with any specific orientation. I don't plan to come North until it warms up enough to work on my bikes (or at least fish without drilling a hole first). Once there I can verify the new spring rates (I out weigh you but it might be close to the rates you want. We might be able to meet somewhere mutually accessible and you could try the springs before changing yours. I might even take off the 17s and street tires and put the knobbies back on this year.

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Old 03-22-2014, 09:57 PM   #40749
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Hey you! I took your dang helmet to the dump for you today. Dinner last weekend almost makes up for that.

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pphhffff!

I thought I left that for Tim to do last summer?!?!

I hate that f'in thing. It sucks. That's bullshit!
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Old 03-24-2014, 06:19 AM   #40750
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So this is what spring is supposed to feel like?
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Old 03-24-2014, 06:21 AM   #40751
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So this is what spring is supposed to feel like? []
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Old 03-24-2014, 06:25 AM   #40752
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Old 03-24-2014, 06:37 AM   #40753
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Old 03-24-2014, 07:07 AM   #40754
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Cry What spring?

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Old 03-24-2014, 07:18 AM   #40755
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