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1985 Suzuki 230S


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I have an 85 230S with stock front suspension, extended swingarm in the back. I would like to upgrade the suspension for a better ride quality. I can only ride now for about an hour before my back starts to hurt. Are there kits available? Could I swap the suspension from a bigger bike? Any sugestions would be helpfull.

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I don't think there are much in the way of kits and stuff out there. I met a guy who had done a total restore on one and had the front a-arms made for it. You might try getting some different shocks, measure yours and find some other manufactures that are close.

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Put some wheel spacers on it, that will give you a little more width, and it will increase the leverage that the wheel has on the shock thus making them feel softer. You might also try turning the preload adjustment back all the way. Aftermarket shocks are expensive and you may not be able to find them for that model anyway and swapping shocks from another ride can be more difficult than you might think. Every shock is engineered for its specific application. The placement of the shock on the a-arm between the pivot and the spindle determines how stiff the shock must be, since this placement differs from one machine to another, it isn't as easy as just finding a shock that is the same length and happens to fit.

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