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How tough is it to change the spring on an Elka?

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I think Elka put too light a spring on my shock. I weigh 200 lbs and they put in a 500 lbs spring. It sure seemed like I had to crank the crap out of it to get 30mm of preload.

So, is changing springs as simple as spinning off the top ring and somehow releasing the bottom clip or is there special equipment necessary?
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::) Funny how firm opinions can be stated on the internets ::)
Motorcycle shock assemblies are not McPherson strut assemblies.

You hit the nail right on the head.

You unscrew the preload rings until there is no tension on the spring, ride the spring up and remove the circlip.
unless shock has hydraulic preload adjuster and you need spring compressor.
On an SV?
you said motorcycle shocks, it was just answer in general.
fyi. almost all ohlins with hydraulic need spring compressor, same with elka.
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