WWT: Shortened rear shock and trimmed stock seat for '09 950 SE

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by ZOMBIFIED, Dec 29, 2012.

  1. ZOMBIFIED

    ZOMBIFIED n00b

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    Hey guys,

    I recently bought a '09 950R Super Enduro, and it's been lowered about 2", and I'm wondering if anyone would want to trade their stock 950 SE rear shock for my shortened one, and or the seats as well.... Between the shortened shock, and the trimmed seat, the seat height is now about 35 1/2". I'm tall and want to put the bike back up to it's original height. Most guys go the other way...Not me. I want it scraping the sky.

    The rear shock was professionally shortened by Three Brothers Racing in So Cal. The previous owner spent $575.00 to have this done (shorten shock and trim seat. See invoice).

    If I can't find someone to trade, I'll just get a new rear shock assembly and put the shortened one and the trimmed seat on Ebay. The shock still rides like nothing was ever done to it. It's still fully adjustable just as it was stock. It's just shorter.

    I'll even throw in the nearly new KTM hand guards that are pictured on the bike....



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  2. Konflict Motorsports

    Konflict Motorsports KM TUNER

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    There's no need to buy a new shock. If you need the bike back to stock height, the internal spacer can be taken out to raise it. Should only cost around the price of a shock service ($100.00 + or -).
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  3. Konflict Motorsports

    Konflict Motorsports KM TUNER

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    It's hard to tell from the pictures on my IPhone, but it doesn't look as if the forks were lowered?
    Have the forks been lowered as well? If so that's an easy fix as well to bring them to stock height.
    Lowering the rear without doing anything to the fronts can cause handling issues.
    What is your inseam?
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  4. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    Damn I just swapped my rear shock for a SM shock and spenat ages trimming my seat.

    See the good advice above, not too difficult to bring her back.
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  5. ZOMBIFIED

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    According to the PO, the shaft was cut down on the shock (can that even be done?).

    I know nothing about the internal workings of rear shocks, so I'm just going by what he said Three Brothers said they did. They apparently told him whatever they did to it cannot be undone. I have no idea why they would have told them it cannot be undone if it's as simple as removing an internal spacer.. Doesn't make sense. I hope it's an easy fix, and I'm calling them on Wed to see if in fact it can be undone. It would be great if it can.

    If I get lucky and it's just a spacer, and the cost of a shock service, then I not only learned something, but I saved a ton of money not buying a new assembly (thanks to you guys giving me some good advice).

    The front forks haven't been touched. Just the rear was altered.
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  6. Konflict Motorsports

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    That is beyond odd! To be honest the machining work and custom parts being made to cut the shaft and assemble it correctly would be mind boggling! A custom needle, machining the shaft internally just doesn't make sense.
    I will almost bet you a spacer was installed, that's it.
    Along with not doing anything with the forks throws the geometry off, WAY OFF! I bet it doesn't corner very well, pushes in the corners etc. Getting this addressed will change the handling of this bike for the better!
    If I can help in any way, even if just for advice I'm here to help. PM me if you need anything.
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    Usual dealer bull, trying to justify the large invoice :(
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  8. Afry

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    For clarification can someone with stock forks please post a measurement of the exposed bottom chrome slider as a reference to determine if my forks have been modified?

    My seat height seems to be about 2" lower than stock and I wonder if it's all in the rear shock (done by previous owner and bought at auction).

    My forks are in the standard position in the triple clamps and don't know if there is some other way to shorten/lower them internally?

    Thanks in advance!
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  9. tart

    tart Been here awhile

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    On the sidestand mine measures 9 1/4 inches.
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  10. Afry

    Afry Why hike?

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    Thanks, looks good there.
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  11. ZOMBIFIED

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    Well, great news. There was only an internal spacer in the rear shock. Thanks Konflict Motorsports for letting me know about that. I had the shock serviced at Sams Cycle Shop here in Las Vegas, and sure enough, they found the internal spacer. They charged me $150.00 to service it. The shocks already back on the bike, and the height's restored back to factory. I also put a new Seat Concepts seat kit on it, along with a seat heater. Ahhhh..nice warm tushy for those cold desert rides! (it's been down to 29 degrees here lately).

    I couldn't help but contact the previous owner and let him know how bad Three Brothers screwed him. He was convinced that it was not reversible, and then suddenly last night he remembered they HAD put in the internal spacer, and done nothing else to it. Seriously? That would have been nice to know a couple weeks ago when I was trying to figure out what to do... At any rate, paying a shop $500.00 to do a $150.00 job is, in my opinion, getting robbed. Sam at Sams Cycle agreed. The previous owner however didn't seem to be bothered by knowing he over paid by $350.00... :loco


    These were taken before I had the spacer removed, and put the shock back on.... The bike sits about an 1.5" higher or so now.

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  12. Sporting Wood

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    Anyone who'd do that to that bike certainly doesn't have business owning it. Good thing you have it now and are going to fix it back to a non-midget state.
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  13. Konflict Motorsports

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    Glad I was able to help you get it sorted.
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