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Optional low cost rear shock for the Gen I bikes (Norge) [INFO.]

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faffi
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What Virago you Own: 1982 XV750 with XV1100 engine, Seca rear wheel, XT600Z shock, Seca 650 fuel tank

Optional low cost rear shock for the Gen I bikes (Norge) [INFO.]

Post by faffi » Sat Jun 11, 2022 5:34 pm

I have fitted a rear shock off the XT600Z Tenere on my 1982 750 chassis. The shock is, at 390mm eye to eye, 10mm longer than stock, which will raise the rear 15mm. You will also need the lower bushing sleeve from the stock shock. The spring is linear, which is not ideal, but for me (200-210lbs net) it deliver a comfortable ride while not bottoming, even when jumping over small crests. I run minimum preload. Damping can be adjusted for rebound.

Personally, I would have liked to have a 400mm long shock for even more ground clearance, as well as tucking the front in a little more for further reductions in rake and trail, but it is not something I consider important.
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What Virago you Own: 1995 XV1100. My dad has a 1996 XV535. I also ride a 2008 SV650S and 2004 Yamaha TTR125. Currently restoring a 50cc Yamaha Champ moped

Re: Optional low cost rear shock for the Gen I bikes (Norge) [INFO.]

Post by jsyzdek » Mon Jun 13, 2022 2:10 pm

Thx for the info.

I wonder what your sag numbers are? maybe a little more preload, or a stiffer spring (if replaceable) would help with ground clearance?

I was looking for similar information regarding the shocks for later models, but was unable to find anything. Ended up buying shocks from Progressive, which work pretty well. I raised both front and rear via stiffer springs and it's a joy to lean this bike over another few degrees without scraping metal parts :)
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Re: Optional low cost rear shock for the Gen I bikes (Norge) [INFO.]

Post by faffi » Mon Jun 13, 2022 4:17 pm

My sag is about 42 mm with me on the seat out of a total 127 mm calculated available travel.
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Re: Optional low cost rear shock for the Gen I bikes (Norge) [INFO.]

Post by jsyzdek » Mon Jun 13, 2022 8:27 pm

That's very much spot on 1/3rd, which is a good place to start. Nice fit.
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