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post #1 of 25 Old 01-29-2011, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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Top gun rear spring

Ok every one considering rear suspention up grade here is my 2 cents we all know gen 2 springs are week. I have serched many options and desided to go with TOP GUN great quality instaled today took for a test run 60 out yahoo very impressed not even the same on or off road 200% improvment all around the board. they have 3 to choose from and if you send them your shock they will install for you. as for me i built my oun spring compessor for the job. worth every cent.

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post #2 of 25 Old 01-29-2011, 08:11 PM
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Good to hear your experience with Top Gun and their spring went well. Could you, or would you mind if I added the Top Gun web link, so others can look at what is available? I don't want to horn in on your thread. Personally, I really like the Top Gun people and their services. There is a huge amount of good information and experience there. No need to learn everything the hard way with them around. And like you said, 200% improvement at a fraction of the cost of the other options. Thanks for coming forth with the information and your opinion.

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post #3 of 25 Old 01-30-2011, 07:52 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks vatrader,

I forgot to add link done.

http://www.topgunmotorcycles.com/KLR...lrsprings.html ·

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Cee Baily tinted wind shield, studibaker skid plate, one inch length added to shifter, highway pegs, steel pegs,Jardine pipe, trunk, head light rock gard, , 12 volt power outlet, 16 tooth front sprocket, Progressive front springs, studibaker master cylender guard, PVC mod,Doo Hickey, one wheel offroad trailer, night vision ammo cans for side bags my oun tank gards.

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post #4 of 25 Old 01-30-2011, 01:03 PM
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Whats the trick to doing the spring change youself ? Any tips on spring compression , what worked for you? I don't want that thing to recoil in my face
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post #5 of 25 Old 01-30-2011, 03:21 PM Thread Starter
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no tricks spring compressors are just that compress evenly and slowly i made one for the job for 8 bucks and held the shock in a vice. Top Gun will install for you for free with purchase of spring. you would just have the down time but of coarse it is winter so that may not be a big deal.

up grade's 2008 green,
Cee Baily tinted wind shield, studibaker skid plate, one inch length added to shifter, highway pegs, steel pegs,Jardine pipe, trunk, head light rock gard, , 12 volt power outlet, 16 tooth front sprocket, Progressive front springs, studibaker master cylender guard, PVC mod,Doo Hickey, one wheel offroad trailer, night vision ammo cans for side bags my oun tank gards.

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post #6 of 25 Old 01-31-2011, 09:13 AM
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This is EXACTLY what I'm thinking about doing myself. How much do you weigh and what spring did you choose? I weigh 200# and I was thinking about the 7.4 kg spring but I emailed the guy at Top Gun and he thinks the 6.6 would be better for me. I ride 2-up most of the time, and my wife is around 110# so I think that can be made up with the preload. Mine's an '09, I know they suggest a slightly lighter spring for the 2nd gen bikes due to a little different ratio in the linkage.

I've got about 18K miles on it now and I like the fact that you can send the shock in and he will rebuild and service the shock and put your choice of spring on it for about $135 bucks. Seems like a great deal.
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post #7 of 25 Old 01-31-2011, 07:32 PM Thread Starter
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close to 290lb plus side cans trunk & trailer went with the grey one mabe over kill but it will were in some i think my 2 cents worth.

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Cee Baily tinted wind shield, studibaker skid plate, one inch length added to shifter, highway pegs, steel pegs,Jardine pipe, trunk, head light rock gard, , 12 volt power outlet, 16 tooth front sprocket, Progressive front springs, studibaker master cylender guard, PVC mod,Doo Hickey, one wheel offroad trailer, night vision ammo cans for side bags my oun tank gards.

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close to 290lb plus side cans trunk & trailer went with the grey one mabe over kill but it will were in some i think my 2 cents worth.
Mine weight is about the same as yours and I also bought the gray (8kg?) spring. Had it installed on the shock and it is much nicer. It actually holds the bike up now. I would like to try a new unit just to see how they compare but the $400+ price tag on most of them is just BS as far as I'm concerned.

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post #9 of 25 Old 02-08-2011, 08:48 PM
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I'm 220 lbs and I got the 7.4 kg spring. After riding it approximately 2000 miles since then, I will offer the following opinions:

For me, the 7.4 kg spring is a weeeeee bit too stiff for when I'm messing around the ruts and rocks and heavier hits with no gear. The compression stroke seems about right but the rebound will kick like a mule creating a problematic safety hazard. I've messed around with the rebound settings but like everything else it's a trade off.

The 7.4 kg spring is PERFECT when I have 30 lbs or more of gear going and i click the sag up to a setting of 3. Of course, I tend not to ride over the bigger stuff when I have all that weight going. I guess I'm lazy and don't want to pick it up . Anyways, it squishes perfectly for good highway cornering and handling while offering a nice plush ride with the gear on. Handling on the forest roads is aok then too.

Overall, I think I would have been happier with the lighter spring but I can't tell for sure because I've never had one to compare to.
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post #10 of 25 Old 02-08-2011, 10:24 PM
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Perfect, good ride ride reports are what we need here. At first I thought the 7.4 was for me, but now I'm leaning toward the 6.6. I'm 200, and I do carry my wife most of the time but she is tiny.
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