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    Posted: 28 Jun 2020 at 10:58
Hi guys. I am gonna change the springs on the stock rear suspension of my V7III. Only for cosmetic reasons. The suspension ain't brilliant but I'm learning to live with it. Cannot be bothered with expensive changes.  Can anyone explain the process of changing out the springs for me? It's nowhere on YouTube or any other site I've looked at. Do the springs come off easy or will I need to compress them etc, etc? All help greatly appreciated. 
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Wow, no one offered any advice? You need to compress the springs to remove the clip that holds them on. At least, that is what I have always found with twin shocks. And you should change to another brand, Bitubo, Hagon, Matris, Koni, as the standard shocks are pretty bad.
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I rather suspect nobody answered because there may be few who have bothered trying to change the springs, preferring to junk the old units and fit any of the alternatives you have suggested.

The expression; You can't polish a turd, probably applies here.Wink
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Agree, but someone needed to tell him that. Keep the stock ones in case he ever trades the bike. But get new shocks!
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If the shocks are of the conventional type you need to compress the springs to remove the top collet/collets and the reverse on assembly. Ideally a spring compressor should me used; if not then a strong mate should be invited to participate. A wide vocabulary of profanity is a useful adjunct to a task of this kind as is a good supply of sticking plasters. Good luck!!
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Originally posted by 9fingers 9fingers wrote:

Agree, but someone needed to tell him that. Keep the stock ones in case he ever trades the bike. But get new shocks!
Scott

Could be we were guilty of assuming he would already know that and wouldn't want to insult by stating the obvious? Don't know that refitting the old shocks would add to a later resale value!Wink
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Yes didn't bother doing something with the springs (and shocks), had them replaced bij Hyperpro's and gave the shocks and springs to someone who liked to use them in the front suspension of an outfit.
The suspension was too weak for me, bottoming out going down on every speedbump. (going slow)
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Hi all. I changed the springs to red OEM to complete the red / black look of the Carbon V7III. Looked brilliant and was dead easy. You do not have to compress the springs to remove them. Just undo the adjuster and locking ring. I did not even have to remove top bolt. I know the springs are crap but I just wanted to change the aesthetics of the Guzzi. I also got a Norman Hyde exhaust and it sounded great. Sold bike the following week last July and got a Triumph Scrambler 1200XE. Punted that on Thursday last week and got a new Africa Twin Adventure Sports. Ah well.... canny take it with you, life too short. To be fair, I don't think I'd get another Guzzi. Done that... but never say never eh? 
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I still have the stock black springs all boxed up and ready to post. Anyone want them drop me a line. Going cheap. They are perfect. 
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