Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Maryville, TN, US
Re: more capacity?
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I have gone through the same exact problems as you are experiencing. I myself once weighed in at 285 but after the dreaded Diabetes diagnosis lost 30 pounds so far and the doctor says I have only another 70 to go. I asked for a second opinion and he told me I was ugly as well...so I have that going for me.
Wife is not as skinny as she was when we were married 29 years ago, so the moral of the story is that the stock shocks on the 00 LT were done in. I did take the rear shock to GMD Computrac in Jasper, GA and had Kent do a complete rebuild, revalve and respring of the rear shock. In just a day or two, he had the shock rebuilt to my specifications and for only around $350. The shock retains the remote spring preload and works GREAT and for only a fraction of the cost of a Wilburs or Ohlins.
The front shock, sadly, is not rebuildable so I had to go with an aftermarket shock. Kent does sell Ohlins and Penske shocks and is competitive. I was fortunate to find an Ohlins on eBay for $350 so that helped out immensely.
I am not saying that Ohlins, Wilburs, or any other aftermarket shock are not good; in fact they are great! But since my LT is my secondary bike, and since I could have the rear shock rebuilt for 50% of the cost with equal results I decided it was the best way for me.
Whatever you decide, I think you'll really benefit from an updated suspension both front and rear. The bike will thank you and your SO will thank you.
Good luck and happy riding