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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-27-2016, 10:07 AM Thread Starter
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shock spring swap

Anyone ever try and swap springs for a different color on the new gen V? Example: red for black or green vis versa. It is not that hard on most dirtbikes but not sure with the preload adjuster on the newer versys.
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It can be done with the right tool (spring compressor). I have mine off ready to be powdercoated green.

Note: I'm not advising anyone to do this. Without the right tool and experience, it can be EXTREMELY dangerous.

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It can be done with the right tool (spring compressor). I have mine off ready to be powdercoated green.

Note: I'm not advising anyone to do this. Without the right tool and experience, it can be VERY dangerous.
Substitute EXTREMELY for VERY in the above. Improperly done it can remove your head...!

Generally you can take your shock to a 'spring shop' and get the spring removed/ replaced for not too much $....

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Substitute EXTREMELY for VERY in the above. Improperly done it can remove your head...!

Generally you can take your shock to a 'spring shop' and get the spring removed/ replaced for not too much $....
Done! Good suggestion!!!

I still have a full deck.
I just shuffle slower.
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Must not be like dirtbike shocks. All you do to remove the spring is loosen an allen bolt and turn the collar with a cheap spring collar wrench, remove a lower snap ring and the spring comes off. Takes about ten minutes.
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Must not be like dirtbike shocks. All you do to remove the spring is loosen an allen bolt and turn the collar with a cheap spring collar wrench, remove a lower snap ring and the spring comes off. Takes about ten minutes.
No it isn't like a dirt-bike shock. It is a very strong mono-shock spring (950 lbs and more of pressure).
IMHO unless one has experience with different shock spring installation/removals, and also has the required tools (proper spring compressor, etc.), this task should be delegated to a suspension shop (as already suggested by fasteddiecopeman).
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Sounds like good advice and an education for me. I would think any cycle shop would be able to break it down and have the correct tools. Would have to search a bit to find a suspension shop locally. Thanks.
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Sounds like good advice and an education for me.
That's what this forum is all about. = Group knowledge.

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I would think any cycle shop would be able to break it down and have the correct tools.
I don't know of any in my neck of the woods...

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Would have to search a bit to find a suspension shop locally. Thanks.
Good luck!
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