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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Sep 3rd, 2007, 12:03 pm Thread Starter
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Does anyone make a heavier rear spring for the older(04) gt seems im always scrapping something when my wife rides with me. do all these k bikes steer like tanks its soft and unpredictable. Maybe its just the size and that its new to me. Just off an ST4s ducati. this is my second bmw. not complaining just looking for setup help & info Thanks
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Sep 3rd, 2007, 12:22 pm
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I had Works Preformance make me a set for my 04 K1200RS. Just give them a call at 818 701 1010 and tell them what you want.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old Sep 3rd, 2007, 2:58 pm
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Other springs are available, but have you adjusted the pre-load (round knob on the left side of the bike, near the rear wheel)?

I opted for Wilbers shocks and had the right spring installed prior to them shipping it to me. The stock BMW shocks are Showa's, but they really don't qualify as rebuildable. A suspension shop should be able to tell you if the shock can be fitted with another spring, though.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old Sep 5th, 2007, 10:50 am
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Ohlins are available for your bike. They build them to your weight and riding style. Many dealers worldwide. Relatively expensive. I went Ohlins front and rear. Shocks were $1852 including install. Made a big difference.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old Sep 5th, 2007, 12:37 pm
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How many miles? If you have over 20k miles, you might start thinking about a replacement shock. I ran my stocker to 60k miles before replacing it. Starting riding with the pre-load cranked all the way up, even solo, and was still grinding all the time. Put on Ohlins and its now a rare event.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old Sep 5th, 2007, 4:15 pm
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+1 on cranking the preload.
Before investing $$$ on aftermarket shocks, you may want to determine what is scraping. For me it was my centerstand. The bike still handled well so I put a smaller rubber stopper in to allow the centerstand more clearance.
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