New shock springs?

3 replies to this topic
  • das_sey

Posted August 06, 2004 - 03:46 AM


Can someone tell me how difficult it is to put a new shock spring on my 03 WR450 and if it requires any special tools. I am pretty mechanically inclined. If you have any how-to instructions, that would be great. I need to put a stiffer spring on my bike.



Posted August 06, 2004 - 04:06 AM


Easy. Remove the shock. Start by backing off on the adjuster nut(s). Then remove the retainer ring at the other end and remove the spring. Reverse the procedure to assemble. I would set the spring length in the middle initially and then adjust the sag after you re-install it on the bike.

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  • das_sey

Posted August 06, 2004 - 04:28 AM


Thanks for your help. I was not sure if you had to have a special tool to compress the spring to re-assemble.


  • Hamish

Posted August 06, 2004 - 01:21 PM


you dont need any tools to compress the spring. You only need 10-15mm of preload(if u r outside of this range your shping rate is wrong) , and there is heaps more thread than that on the shock body. The only tool that comes in handy is a 'C spanner' to undo the shock nuts, but a hammer and large flat blade screwdriver works also. Just be careful that you don't nick the thread. I just got my shock serviced and fitted a 5.4KG spring. Just about to go out for a test ride.


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