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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-13-2019, 10:21 PM Thread Starter
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Question Rear Suspension Dilema

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I picked up a 2016 Versys 650 however the rear suspension dial is stuck on soft and no matter what we do it will not move. So it looks like I need to either replace it with another stock one or aftermarket one?

I am 230lb (105KG) and on longer rides have additional 65 lb (30kg) in removable baggage. What is the stock rear suspension rated at as far as weight goes?

Would you recommend that I get another used shock (seen some for about $250) or go with something aftermarket and if so which one?

I mainly do on road riding with about 20% off-road - gravel roads and some pretty bumpy side roads in Vietnam - which I do not mind taking on a bit slower.

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Spray some silicone spray up under the turn knob then work it back and forth to free it up.

My Connie 14 had the same problem and the spray made it work like new.

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i think wd40 is better than sillicone spray
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i think wd40 is better than sillicone spray
Oh, Oh, here comes the WD-40 is not a lubricant barrage. I agree, silicone spray or even some PB Blaster penetrating spray. Also, and I need somebody to verify this, but aren't you more likely to turn that if you take the weight off the rear suspension. Like get a couple strong buddies (or more) to lift the back end of the bike while you try to spin the ring with a spanner wrench?? Wild guess I would say you need to move it 2-3 spaces stiffer to try. Good Luck.

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There are many GREAT aftermarket rear shocks for the V, but quite a few of us have Yamaha R1 shocks (from '07 or '08 models), w/ replacement springs (mine are EIBACH 13.8kg/mm springs BUT I'm lighter than you - 185# dry, probably 205# ATGATT) w/ the ORIGINAL 10mm mounting holes opened-up to 12mm.

GREAT shock if you can find one in 'Nam.... Here on my Gen 3, '15 V650:



on my '09 Gen 1: and



on my '08 Gen 1:





There's a thread here, about them:

https://www.kawasakiversys.com/forum...ng-source.html

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Why not remove and do a complete service, then decide weather you want to replace.
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