Q. I want to upgrade my rear shock. What do I get and where, and what do I need to know?
Measure your rear shock, uncompressed, eye to eye (from the center of one mounting hole to the center of the mounting hole at the opposite end). Use that number and search for shocks. Try searching in both inches and millimeters. If measuring in inches, multiply inches by 25.4 to get mm. Divide mm by 25.4 to get inches.
Example : Your shock measures 10 inches eye to eye when not compressed. To get the most results, you could search for :
You may be able to use ± 5-10mm without noticing much change.
Along with your measurement, search for different relevant terms such as :
Searching Google and eBay as described above often provides options. Also browse scooter parts sites, such as Parts For Scooters
and our other advertisers.
There are different styles of shock mounts, so be sure that what you are looking at matches what your scooter uses. Compare measurements for mounts as well if possible.
Generally aftermarket "performance" or "racing" or "heavy duty" shocks will be stiffer than the average stock shock. Consider an adjustable shock. They are not all created equal, but typically an adjustable shock will allow you to dial in the stiffness a little bit more to your liking. The most common style allows you to twist a coil spring stop to adjust. Most riders won't need to spend a fortune to get a shock that suits their needs, but there are high end shocks that use pressure to adjust them and/or have multiple adjustments for really dialing in what you like if you have the time/knowledge to set them up.
You can raise or lower the rear of the scoot by choosing a different shock length. Obviously shorter will lower and longer will raise the rear of the scooter. Be careful making big swings in ride height and remember that most shocks are mounted at an angle so a 1" shorter shock may not net a full inch of drop or rise. A flat stance, even front and rear, is often though of as the cool look. If appearance is not your strongest driving force, I find that having the rear of the scooter a little higher (when the weight of the rider is on the scooter) is beneficial to handling and braking. Scooters have a lot of weight in the rear in most cases, and tilting the scooter slightly forward by having the rear a touch higher than the front can help by putting more weight on the front. This may increase cornering stability as well as usable front braking power.
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