Paul - glad to read that the write up helped.
The rear spring is a 900lb/in spring. For your weight, it should probably be set at the second preload setting (1 being the min) to get the right sag. If you have that set to the right range, and still feel it's too stiff, you may indeed want a softer spring.
If you search the forum there was a thread about an Elka group buy. I bought one of those, but I am hesitant to recommend it. The quality is very good, it's very nicely made, but their customer service left a lot to be desired. Somehow it seems all shocks were shipped with a 1000 lbs/in spring, which obviously didn't work for those of us that are below 180-200 lbs as well as it did for the heavier riders. It took 4 weeks to turn around the order for a simple spring change, the shipping was done the day before I left on a trip, after repeated calls and e-mails, let's just say I wasn't very happy to have to install it the night before hitting the road. I had them change it to a 900 lbs/in spring and it works well for me (I weigh a bit less than you do) but I specified a firm and composed ride vs, a plush one other people like. If you like it more plush than firm, an 800-825 lbs/in spring would probably work better for you.
Other shock manufacturers I have used before with good results are Wilbers, Penske and O'hlins.
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