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hey guys quick question about rear shocks

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i looking to get new springs for my rear shock.

1. which are better for the rear? Progresssive or straight rate?

2. Im having trouble finding listings for straight rate springs for my bike.

Can only find listings for 96 and up only, will these fit? Im looking for around a 11.0 rate spring. bike is a 86 xr250r.

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i looking to get new springs for my rear shock.

1. which are better for the rear? Progresssive or straight rate?

2. Im having trouble finding listings for straight rate springs for my bike.

Can only find listings for 96 and up only, will these fit? Im looking for around a 11.0 rate spring. bike is a 86 xr250r.

if it's a pre-88(I think) bike, the physical size of the spring is smaller , the bigger later years may or may not fit in the space in the frame for the spring. (and you'd have to use the newer shock too).

The Progressive (brand) progressive (type) spring isn't bad for these bikes, they range from like 9.0-12.0 or similar, so if you are 225 lbs or so (11.0 straight rate spring) they work pretty well, and are really cheap.

Bought a brand new one in the package (NOS) for $40 last year for my 85 XR350. Not bad.

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+1 on straight rate springs, the linkage provides a rising rate to the wheel.

Depending on where and how you ride you may find the problem is more about shock damping than the spring. The 96+ spring (yellow) is larger in diameter but it will fit earlier shocks and it is almost 10% stiffer than the blue XR250 spring.

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