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Whats up guys...so i decided to upgrade my suspension being how 1) i weigh 260+ pounds and 2) i wanted to see what it would feel like with springs my weight...

so after much investigating......kawi did an awesome job with the front forks...it was only thousands of a difference between the ohlins and race tech internals for my weight compared to stock ....but the rear shock needed to be stiffened up a lil bit for my big butt:)

so i actually order the race tech spring that mounts up to the actual stock shock...it was only about $130 with labor (putting on the shock)....yes, i did have to remove it from the bike:) wasnt that hard.

anyways...so i picked it up and installed it....totally awesome transformed the bike....the best thing i have done so far to the bike:) makes such a difference

anyways...the shop i brought it 2 i think made an error
on the stock shock there a "dust cover" or a plactic shield that fits around the actual shock and inside the spring....well it wasnt installed when they put the new one on and so my question is....SHOULD I HAVE THE SHOP PUT IT BACK ON? WILL IT RUIN MY SHOCK IN THE LONG RUN OR SHOULD I NOT EVEN WORRY ABOUT IT?

NOTICE NO DUST COVER

DUST COVER INSIDE THE OLD SPRING

THE DUST COVER THAT WASN'T INSTALLED
 

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You sure that's a dust cover? Looks like plastic which wouldn't compress.
 

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Never mind I see now, I would personally leave it off. Probably would collect the
same amount of debris on the piston rod with it on. If you want it on replace it with a rubber boot.
 

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my neighbors racetech rear shock for his r1 didnt come with one at all i just went and looked so i wouldnt worry about it but if it bothers you go and have them fix it
 

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id hav them fix it, it bothers you or you wouldnt of posted this, i dont blame you id want it in stock form
 

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Obviously the race tech spring is thicker which will reduce the inside diameter so maybe the plastic piece wont fit now just a thought. Glad your happy with it I plan on adding race tech springs this winter.
 

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Obviously the race tech spring is thicker which will reduce the inside diameter so maybe the plastic piece wont fit now just a thought. Glad your happy with it I plan on adding race tech springs this winter.
That is what I was thinking.
 

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I would not worry about it. I am with the guys that say it probably won't fit anyway with the new spring
 

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Not to mention that they gave you the piece back so it's not like they forgot to put it on and are trying to hide something.
Just call and ask them why they left it off if it makes you feel better. No reason not to.
 

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Not to mention that they gave you the piece back so it's not like they forgot to put it on and are trying to hide something.
Just call and ask them why they left it off if it makes you feel better. No reason not to.
I tend to think the same. My concerns of not having a dust cover for STREET bikes are:

1) they don't get the cleaning attention underneath that a track bike would, therefore more abrasive debris can accumulate on the rod.

2) Abrasive debris would probably be more common with street operation.

Note that there are some huggers that extend down to the lower fairing which do a better job keeping that area cleaner. The one I got was from Geelong Carbon Craft. A little pricey, even after the AUS$ to US$ converson, but I'm pleased.
 

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i wouldnt worry too much about the dust cover.

is there a reason that the lock ring is not against the adjuster ring?
 

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I even wonder if it was meant to be a dust cover or if it's purpose was to insure that the spring couldn't make noise if it moved on the shock.

Kind of an anti squeak thing.

I mean dust would still get in through the top and be harder to clean off of the rod if it's covered.

Forks deal with it.
 

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I even wonder if it was meant to be a dust cover or if it's purpose was to insure that the spring couldn't make noise if it moved on the shock.

Kind of an anti squeak thing.

I mean dust would still get in through the top and be harder to clean off of the rod if it's covered.

Forks deal with it.
"dust" might be the wrong word. how about "road grime cover" or "dirt cover". the shock is a lot more prone to have road stuff flung at it from the rear tire than the forks are.
 

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"dust" might be the wrong word. how about "road grime cover" or "dirt cover". the shock is a lot more prone to have road stuff flung at it from the rear tire than the forks are.
Good point.
 

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Who installed?

Take it back if it bothers you.
Greg at High Velocity...other than this spring thing i would highly recommend them awesome people

id hav them fix it, it bothers you or you wouldnt of posted this, i dont blame you id want it in stock form
your right! looks like im taking it off again lol

Obviously the race tech spring is thicker which will reduce the inside diameter so maybe the plastic piece wont fit now just a thought. Glad your happy with it I plan on adding race tech springs this winter.
dude seriously this is probably one of the best mods i have done it makes such a big difference even that i am a bigger guy i say go for it

Not to mention that they gave you the piece back so it's not like they forgot to put it on and are trying to hide something.
Just call and ask them why they left it off if it makes you feel better. No reason not to.
i wouldnt worry too much about the dust cover.

is there a reason that the lock ring is not against the adjuster ring?
yeah once i installed it i had to measure the sag which means i had to turn and adjust the spring and all that.....figured it would be a lot easier to install with them loose which it was

I even wonder if it was meant to be a dust cover or if it's purpose was to insure that the spring couldn't make noise if it moved on the shock.

Kind of an anti squeak thing.

I mean dust would still get in through the top and be harder to clean off of the rod if it's covered.

Forks deal with it.
actually it connect to the bigger part of the shock so nothing can get in there...no to be a dick but if you look at the cover it fits nicely around the bottom of the shock and the spring gets presses against the bottom part of the cover

"dust" might be the wrong word. how about "road grime cover" or "dirt cover". the shock is a lot more prone to have road stuff flung at it from the rear tire than the forks are.
okay your right a road grime cover:)
 

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Wow intersting to hear on the ohlins fork internals compared to stock, as i am a bit lighter (250lbs) than you are and can honestly say i found the stock springs way to soft, and could not get a decent run into to corners under the brakes as the bike was bottomed out BIGTIME...and the quality feel from the brakes is a whole other story all together.
But then again depends on riding style and location i am sure.
 

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I think the OP has a third gen, it has much stiffer front end than the front end of the 04-05, which IMHO were way to soft, even for my 180lb frame.
 
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