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I wonder what happened to my post? I shouldn't post before my second cup of coffee.....

Here is what I said: There should be some sort of marking on your spring. It will be in the form of a stamping or ink print. The numbers can be cross-referenced for your spring rate.

What make is your rear shock?
 

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Well, you can always measure the spring wire diameter and call Sachs.
 

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I'm the eternal optimist!:smoking:
 

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well i feel embarrassed but i'll share anyway.

after some thinking about sag (and i must admit some initial scoffing) i increased the preload on my stock spring such that i have about 5mm free sag and 35mm sag and it made a huge difference. it turned out to be about 5 turns on the nut so my preload was pretty far out of adjustment. the mushy floaty feeling is gone and i can shove it into a corner hard and and roll on and it behaves nicely.

so....you want the right preload so the rear end doesnt have a lot of movement that disrupts the handling when you go from front to rear weight transfer
 

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I thought someone had posted the different spring rates, but I can't find the thread so maybe it was the front ones. From extensive riding of a 2004(750) and 2008(910) that the later bikes appear to my back to have a softer spring. It might be the damping that is different but the spring is definitely a different colour.
 
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