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Tiger 800 - Main Discussion Section => Suspension and Chassis Set-up and Mods => Topic started by: Golgarth on March 11, 2018, 07:48:17 PM

Title: Rear shock/spring
Post by: Golgarth on March 11, 2018, 07:48:17 PM
Hi guys. Being a touch heavy and often carrying my son (who is circa 8 stone) I feel the need for a better rear shock as, even when set to low, my lights are aiming high.
Anyone tried a progressive spring? Anyone fixed the problem/issue?

Cheers in advance all
Title: Re: Rear shock/spring
Post by: AvgBear on March 12, 2018, 04:29:12 AM
*Originally Posted by Golgarth [+]
I feel the need for a better rear shock as, even when set to low, my lights are aiming high.
Does the suspension "bottom" (use-up all its travel)?
The H/L beam height is adjustable.
Title: Re: Rear shock/spring
Post by: Golgarth on March 12, 2018, 07:59:59 AM
I guess the bigger problem is even the fog lights are a touch high when loaded. I do feel the rear is super soft.
Title: Re: Rear shock/spring
Post by: taff on March 12, 2018, 05:18:53 PM
You don't say what mileage your bike has done.

at 35k miles the rear shock on my XC was shot, it was like riding a pogo stick and I didn't realise just how bad it was until I replaced it with a Nitron shock.

With the new shock it's made it feel like a new(ish) bike again.
Title: Re: Rear shock/spring
Post by: Golgarth on March 12, 2018, 08:07:27 PM
Itís only at 12k
Title: Re: Rear shock/spring
Post by: Golgarth on March 12, 2018, 10:37:59 PM
I guess what I am asking is, "is there an acceptable way to stiffen the rear without spending £700 on a nitron?"
Title: Re: Rear shock/spring
Post by: taff on March 13, 2018, 07:55:07 PM
Your only option is to crank up the preload, particularly when you've got a passenger.

the Nitron is only £500 anyway   :492:
Title: Re: Rear shock/spring
Post by: Golgarth on March 13, 2018, 07:56:37 PM
I carry a pillion and was lead to believe the adjuster is a good idea???
Title: Re: Rear shock/spring
Post by: mcinlb on March 14, 2018, 08:38:32 AM
It should be possible just to fit a heavier rated spring to the rear shock and see how that goes..
Title: Re: Rear shock/spring
Post by: stevedo on April 16, 2018, 05:07:20 AM
I agree with mcinlb. My wife and I are travelling 2-up with luggage on a RTW trip on our 800XC. We started off in Alaska with the original shock fitted with a Hyperpro spring. It did fine up until the shock spewed its oil in Costa Rica at about 43,000 miles.

I'd look at just changing the spring first. Get your moneys worth from the original shock and bin it when it's finally knackered.

Saludos, Steve
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