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i have an 06 sv and wondering if i should upgrade the rear shock, im not a very aggresive rider, mostly just around town with some weekend trips and twisty riding, i also ride 2 up a bit in the summer. im 130lbs so do i need to upgrade the shock? if so which is best?

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You can use a GSXR 600 or 1000. If you can find one for cheap go for the ZX-6r shock.

I Have been using a GSXR 600 for about 2 years now, and me am happy. I weight 130Lbs and also have a 06.
 

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i have an 06 sv and wondering if i should upgrade the rear shock, im not a very aggresive rider, mostly just around town with some weekend trips and twisty riding, i also ride 2 up a bit in the summer. im 130lbs so do i need to upgrade the shock? if so which is best?
gsx-r 600 k4-5
you don't need it if the bike has less than 10000miles. if not *an almost new* gsxr would be a reasonable and cheap upgrade
 

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Don't use a ZX-6R shock - they're sprung way too high for your weight.

Race Tech recommends a rear spring rate of 7.63kg/mm for a 130lb rider. '04-'05 GSX-R600 is 7.6kg/mm, which is spot on.

If you want a little stiffer shock for two-up, '05-'06 GSX-R1000 has an 8.1kg/mm spring rate.
 

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I would think you would know from the handling, I just got an '03 with 13k on it and it wallows like a pig in the corners...I am 200 pounds and went with a '04 GSXR 1000 shock to better fit my weight.
 

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doesn't sound like you really need to upgrade the shock right now; super-low miles, no track days, mostly a commuter. how often do you carry a passenger? if a lot, a stiffer sprung shock will be appreciated, if not all that often, then you're fine. if you just want to, just to upgrade it, i agree with some of the other posters, find a shock with a similar spring.
 

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I have an 08 GSXR 600 shock that I've been pleased with. You'll have to cut the toolbox, but the tools are easily relocated in the "trunk."
 

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I weigh200 lbs and have an 05 sv650s with 16000 miles. How much of a difference would it make if i put a GSX-R 1000 shock on? How hard are they to install?
 

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I just recently watched a shock tuner on a youtube video talking about the SV suspension. He said the shock was basically worn out in 3000 miles! Never heard that before. So, after 16k miles, you're definitely due for a new shock, GSXR or otherwise.
 

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Where is this spring rate calculator that everyone keeps citing? I'm 150lbs and I can only ever seem to find a calculator for the front.
 

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I use Race Tech. They don't list rear specs for the SV650, but the SV1000 is very close (not stock rates, but recommended rates).
 

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Here is a thread that lists the stock spring rates, which I believe are accurate. The chart that gives the recommended spring rates generated some debate, however. Since I am not a heavy guy (less than 200 lbs.), I tried to get a shock with close to the stock rate (which led me to the GSXR 600 shock).

http://forum.svrider.com/showthread.php?t=90821


Besides the GSXR swap, another option worth considering is buying an aftermarket shock and having it rebuilt to fit your bike and weight. More $$ than the GSXR swap, but many experienced riders believe it is the best way to go.
 

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How hard is it to install a GSX-R 1000 shock? Will i have to do any mods to the bike?
 

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The 1000 requires cutting the battery box. Use the search and check it out. Better yet, search using Google. Type in your search term and then add site:svrider.com
 

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I weigh200 lbs and have an 05 sv650s with 16000 miles. How much of a difference would it make if i put a GSX-R 1000 shock on? How hard are they to install?
You would notice a difference, I just installed a ZX14 shock and its so much better.

If I were you I'd look at the ZX10 or ZX6R shock as they have a lower spring rate more appropriate to your weight and they wont have clearance issues with the battery box.

If you don't have a clearance issues its pretty much just a bolt on. You will need a new bolt though.
 
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