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post #11 of 20 Old 05-04-2016, 10:29 PM
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Changing the spring out is pretty easy.

Check out Racetech's spring rate calculator.

This will be the least expensive shock upgrade path.

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post #12 of 20 Old 05-18-2016, 01:18 AM
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Hi , what do you have your static sag set at ?
30mm . As I feel mine also feel to soft.


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Changing the spring out is pretty easy.

Check out Racetech's spring rate calculator.

This will be the least expensive shock upgrade path.

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Here's my spring compressor.......

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Hi , what do you have your static sag set at ?
30mm . As I feel mine also feel to soft.


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I think you are confusing Static Sag with Rider Sag (Dynamic) or are you guys really getting 30mm of static sag???
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I have the solution. Was going to make a video to show how its done but its not hard to explain.
I used 12mm wide cable ties and threaded them through the spring each side.
Sit 2 people on the bike and tighten up cable ties.
Lift rear wheel off ground and it there is hardly any force on the nuts then so you can tap the lock nut undone and use blunt tool to adjust the nut up. Cut ties off. Job done.
Fiddly to get ties in but you dont have to remove a thing to do it.
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post #16 of 20 Old 06-26-2018, 05:46 AM
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hi im 227 lb not including riding gear , the back shock on gen 5 seems very harsh over cracked roads , im going to order a stiffer spring would a 115nm spring be good ?
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You're opening a can of worms here. If you're going to adjust the rear ride frequency you're going to want to adjust the front too. If you only adjust half of your suspension on the butt-comfort-calibrator you're bike's going to ride like garbage in the turns and probably buck your a** off if your hit a bump. You're going to want to invest in a fork cartridge kit with a higher spring rate too.
K-Tech technicians told me the OEM spring rates for the Gen5 are, "87N rear 11N front for 2016> ZX10R."
Consider this: if you're 215 lbs you've got probably 30lbs (20% more weight) on what they likely designed for). I imagine they base their suspension rates off an avg. 180lb rider if not lighter. So you're changing up the dynamic of your ride quite a bit.

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If nothings stopping you though you're going to find it easier to remove the shock and use ratchet straps or something to compress it. It's going to take you more time than it would otherwise if it's still mounted to the bike. While you've got the shock off you should read up on and old post regrading a rear shock quick removal mod and do it if you're going to experiment and be swapping out for a few dif. spring rates.

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If nothings stopping you though you're going to find it easier to remove the shock and use ratchet straps or something to compress it. It's going to take you more time than it would otherwise if it's still mounted to the bike. While you've got the shock off you should read up on and old post regrading a rear shock quick removal mod and do it if you're going to experiment and be swapping out for a few dif. spring rates.
Dont use ratchet straps, doing that is a disaster waiting to happen. You are putting a lot of potential energy on a shock spring to remove the clip. That amount potential energy can put the spring through a wall or take off a finger and/or cause very serious injuries. Use the proper tools or take it to someone who can swap it for you, IF you need a spring. A swap is about 15-20 bucks.

16krtzx10r - Why are you looking at a stiffer spring if it feels harsh? Do you think the shock is bottoming and thats why if feels harsh? There isnt enough information provided to give you a proper response as to changing spring rate.

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Dont use ratchet straps, doing that is a disaster waiting to happen.
If you get the right straps you should be good I'd think (like some head duty 2" tow straps with the proper release tab/lever). If you're using some Walmart brand strap with a simple 2 finger thumb release and a 4" handle consider it a set-beartrap when you go to release it There's a guy near me though that does an entire suspension service for $100, so I can't imagine anymore than $25-50 for a simple spring removal at the end of the day.

Seriously this guy does all this for $100: Disassembly, Cleaning, Oil Change, Nitrogen Recharge, Spring Install.
It's a no brainier to almost have someone do the whole thing for ya with those types of prices.

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