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Old 05-17-2019, 08:20 PM   #1
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Rear shock upgrade.

Hey all, I’m replacing my tires so I thought I would upgrade the rear shock. I have an 03 SV650S. I know about 04-05 zx10. Is there any others that also fit with little mods. I’m 250lbs but my sons learning and he’s 160 so I need something kinda in the middle for both of us. Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks
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Old 05-17-2019, 08:48 PM   #2
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Re: Rear shock upgrade.

the 06-07 zx-10r shock is actually an easier install. same spring rate as the 04-05 I believe.

The zx-14 shock would be better for you, but way too stiff for your son.

The zx-10 is the reasonable choice and many others here have used it as well. I say stick to that, unless you have the cash for a "real" shock ie penske, ohlins.
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Old 05-17-2019, 09:15 PM   #3
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Re: Rear shock upgrade.

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unless you have the cash for a "real" shock ie penske, ohlins.
My 2 cents on that is you probably shouldnt spend as much on a real shock as what the bike is worth, not for street riding and not for learner riders. While it's probably true that having a high quality shock is more likely to have you end up with a better handling bike and therefore probably safer, a learner rider won't see much benefit from having a better quality shock installed as opposed to a used one.

My thoughts on installing a used shock are try to make sure that the donor bike has less than 12,000 miles on it, as that's about the max number of miles a shock is good for before it needs servicing or replacing and most people don't get shocks serviced.
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Old 05-18-2019, 12:37 PM   #4
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Re: Rear shock upgrade.

I fit an 04 GSXR 1000 rear shock to my 03. I had to modify the battery box by cutting a quarter moon shape piece out of the bottom front area to accommodate it. Even with the protruding shock into the battery box with a little piece of foam to cushion the battery, the battery still fits in place without any problems.
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Old 05-24-2019, 12:20 PM   #5
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Re: Rear shock upgrade.

I have an 04-05 636 shock, rebuilt plus has a racetech spring on it. I also have an 05 750 shock. They're both lying around my shop and are for sale PM me.
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Old 05-24-2019, 05:07 PM   #6
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I fit an 04 GSXR 1000 rear shock to my 03. I had to modify the battery box by cutting a quarter moon shape piece out of the bottom front area to accommodate it. Even with the protruding shock into the battery box with a little piece of foam to cushion the battery, the battery still fits in place without any problems.
I did the same on my 03N, was happy with the result. Most entertaining part was trying to figure out why changing the shock would make the bike not start. Turns out the tip-over sensor is in front of the battery box and got dislodged during surgery. Who knew?
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Old 05-24-2019, 06:22 PM   #7
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Re: Rear shock upgrade.

Keep in mind that you are sourcing a shock that was not designed for your bike. Plus, it will likely be 14 or 15 years old, which means the internal oil has degraded to the point where the damping will be way off for comfortable/safe riding.


BTW, Devils, I know I still owe you a good Suspension Basics write up. I'll work on that as soon as I have a bit more time -- I want to write something that will be useful for other riders too.
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