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post #1 of 3 Old 04-07-2008, 09:29 PM Thread Starter
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Finally did the Doo

I finally changed the DooHickey and spring. Ordered the kit last year, but got too busy to complete the project. Everything went well, the stock Doo was not broken, nor the spring.

Concerning the spring, I had two springs in the kit I purchased, a 38mm and a 35mm, the instructions I used only refered to one spring (that needed to be replaced), I used the 35mm. Was that correct? Did I miss a spring? What is the deal with the two springs?

I want to make certain that I completed the project correct.

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post #2 of 3 Old 04-07-2008, 10:14 PM
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Yes they send two springs. Originally they said to use the one that fits closest to the spring peg but still has gap between the coils. Now it seems most everyone agrees to go ahead and just use the short spring, as it will compensate for chain stretch over the long haul.. The chain stretch is also the reason for a shorter spring..the more the stretch the shorter the spring that is needed. As long as your spring has gap between the coils your good to go. Congrats on doing it too.

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post #3 of 3 Old 04-08-2008, 06:26 AM
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We actually used the longer spring on majorlagg's bike this weekend. The stretch was just too much for the shorter spring, and the long one was a better fit.

It was a situation where I'd rather have him install the shorter spring at 75,000-100,000 miles than risk putting the short one in now and breaking it due to stress.

As it was, we had to strech the longer spring a good 3/4" or more to use it, so the shorter would have been that much more.
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