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Considering rear shock upgrade - advice please

We tour fully loaded much of the time on my '05. I don't notice handling issues as such, but I do strugle with the severely compromised cornering and ground clearance. I have considered the Hyperpro sring only upgrade but am now in 2 minds whether I should go for the complete shock unit upgrade. I'd like to hear from those who have done both, the sping only and the shock complete upgrade, Ohlins, Wilbers etc. Model number, spring rate etc would also be good, as I will possibly order on line from the US. I get the impression that the Wilbers may be the go, but I'm open to good advice. I don't want to sacrifice any adjustable preload functionality, so this must be a feature on any alternative unit. Thanks and best regards, Dennis.

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Re: Considering rear shock upgrade - advice please

I went with Wilbers w/preload and reserve and don't regret the choice, lower cost and better durability.
I looked at Hyper pro springs and gave serious consideration to just going that route, but thought about the reason that I was doing the change in the first place which was my pardner and her safety decided I'm not going to screw around and possibly compromise her in the process . if it were just me riding ya I would go with the spring change and leave it at that.

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Re: Considering rear shock upgrade - advice please

Thanks Kevin for the advice, your thought processes are the same as mine regarding the reasons for the full upgrade. Do you know the model details etc of your Wilbers unit ? Best regards, Dennis

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Hey there Dennis

Sorry off the top of my head I don't have that information I bought them front and rear from www.beemershop.com worked with Ted getting the fitment correct weight, riding style, Single or two up there's several question's so when you receive them its already to go other then taking the time to bolt it in.

There is only one model for the LT but a couple options w/preload or not w/remote reservoir or not for the rear and for the front you can get I believe a preload. Cost for front and rear was ~1400.00

Over all you won't believe the difference in the ride its a new bike and I feel a lot safer with my lady on back now, no more mushing in corners.

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Re: Considering rear shock upgrade - advice please

Hi Dennis.
My Wilbers came from Sean O'Sullivan at SOS at Penrith (see post) . Suspension is what he does. He ordered them from Wilbers in Germany, setup for my weight and riding needs as described to him.
Final cost was $2850 + install (at Procycles) while the bike was in for service... I'm sure you'll do your own though! That was priced back when our $ wasn't so hot in 2010....
Sean was great, really knows his stuff and I was put onto him by other LT mates (Hilton & Phil). Some info on Sean's work here.
All ordering done over the phone... really happy with the outcome. The bike rides a little higher, and pulled a 350+kg trailer all around Oz quite happily.
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I'll make a note to look up the model numbers... should have it in an email at work and it'll be the same for your bike.

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Re: Considering rear shock upgrade - advice please

Great info ! Thanks Chris, model number etc would be great.

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