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post #1 of 6 Old 11-01-2008, 09:15 AM Thread Starter
 
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Question Progressive Spring Installation

Someone gave me a set of new progressive springs with spacers (no instructions). Anyone know how these go in - tapered end down or up? And where does the spacer go?
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post #2 of 6 Old 11-01-2008, 01:15 PM
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Someone gave me a set of new progressive springs with spacers (no instructions). Anyone know how these go in - tapered end down or up? And where does the spacer go?
I think the common consensus is to put the tighter coils up they displace less oil. I've been told though that it really doesn't matter. For spacers use some 3/4" sch40 pvc and it takes a little trial and error on the length but you want 3" of sag.
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We made our spacers an inch longer than what came with the progressive springs. We cut the OEM spacers. Never planned on using them again anyway. Worked great.

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I don't understand the 3" sag.
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I don't understand the 3" sag.
With you and all of your normal riding gear on the bike the suspension should compress 3" from the fully extended position. I think 2.5" spacers should get you in the ballpark if you weigh around 200 pounds.
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Ideally, I think you want the sag to be about 1/3 of your total travel which for the KLR is about the stated 3". You want to measure this in the front and back while standing on the pegs to evenly distribute your weight. It helps to have someone hold the bike for you and take measurements.
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