R1 shock fitted - need spring source.
There has been a bit of discussion about fitting R1 rear shocks to the Versys so when I saw a brand new 06 shock on Ebay for $75 I thought I would give it a go. The 06 model has the oil rservior at right angles to the body of the shock so if you fit it upside down it should clear everything and it does!! Well not quite. With the spring fully compressed it hits the black plastic trim under the seat, but not by much. I trimmed this in shallow curve slightly bigger than the reservior and that solved the problem.The fixing centers are the same but they are for a 10mm bolt. An engineering friend bored them out to 12mm and the unit was ready to bolt in. I had to fit spacers/washers top and bottom to ensure the steel bushes were held firm and not loose when the bolts were tightened and that was all.
I knew the spring would be way to soft and it is. With the spring compression adjustment all the way in to maximum, the static sag is about 80mm. It should be about 40 to 50mm.
My question is does anyone know a good source for a stronger spring from some one who will ship to New Zealand?
I have done a Google search but haven't had much luck.
My guess is that I will need a spring a bit softer than the Versys but not by much. If you happen to have the specification for a Versys spring that would be a great starting point.
With luck we will have found an alternative to the original set up.
PS: I don't know how to post pictures so my apologies for not being able to show you the set up. It looks cool!!
PPS: 31/08/09 Photo's now added. See further down the thread.
Last edited by zeph; 08-31-2009 at 04:32 PM.