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post #1 of 4 Old 05-16-2019, 03:42 PM Thread Starter
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Wirth Springs - YSS Ecoline Shocks

I decided to see if spending lots of money (about 300 dollars excluding shipping from the EU) can improve the bike's suspension over stock.



There aren't many rear shock options that are better than the OEM items. Hagon and YSS appear to the leading and perhaps only options. I decided on YSS. Out of the box the YSS shocks look nicely engineered for an item that costs $200 a pair.


Aftermarket front fork springs are pretty much non-existent in the US market. Progressive Suspension, the leader in the US market, apparently doesn't offer anything for the Rebel - this may be because they've sensibly determined that the front end can't really be improved by one of their springs. However, both YSS and Wirth offer progressive front springs for the Rebel. I went with Wirth on the basis of their general reputation. Here's photos of the unboxing - I'll update with comments as they're installed.
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post #2 of 4 Old 05-17-2019, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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Shock installation

I installed the shocks this morning. Things mostly went smoothly. It's necessary to remove most of the preload when fitting. After fitting I adjusted them back to approximately one half of the available preload as a starting point. The most difficult part was trying to figure out how to completely unload the rear end so that I could install the shock. Here's my very quick, very dirty, solution - I'm sure it wouldn't be endorsed by professional mechanics but it worked and didn't do any apparent harm to the rear peg hinge: 1. I lifted my rear wheel with my old generic lift stand; 2. I put a car jack under each of the rear pegs; 3. I inserted two nickles into the hinge area of each of the rear pegs to prevent them from folding up. I then gently lowered and removed the rear lift, this enabled the bike to rest on the jack stands alone. Pictures of installed shock, jack stand arrangement, and the nickle wedge are attached.
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post #3 of 4 Old 05-17-2019, 03:49 PM
 
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Let us know how it feels, as a big fat guy on a little tiny bike I've thought about some suspension work myself.

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Wirth springs instllation

Installed the front springs this morning. My old Pit Bull stand with the "standard" pin works fine on the Rebel. The Wirth springs are about an inch longer than stock and getting the fork caps back on was a bit of a job. I'm starting with 12.5 weight fork oil. Might eventually go to 15. I don't know the spring rate of the stock springs or the Wirth springs but the Wirth are definitely stiffer. Picture shows the stock spring on top, Wirth on the bottom. I'll update with impressions once I have a chance to ride.
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