Join Date: Oct 2005
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Take the spring off. Measure the "Eye-to-Eye" distance (mounting hole to mounting hole). Then compress the shock fully w/o spring. Measure the same distance. Take the first measurement minus the last one and that gives you the stroke.
If you're strapped for cash, the Fox Van R is a killer shock for $225 at Universal Cycles. Don't forget to enter the coupon code from the top of the screen to save 10%. It has the factory set Propedal for decent grinding efficiency with a nicely ramping compression stroke. It also has a bottom-out bumper for end-of-travel management. Not to mention the much needed rebound adjustment.
If you're not quite so strapped for cash, the Marzocchi Roco TST would be wonderful for your applications.
If money isn't a concern, check out the Fox DHX 5.0 coil. It's around $400, but infinately adjustable. The Fox DHX Air 5.0 is nice too, but not quite as plush as a coil + you have to worry about pumping it up now and then.
Sure, there are more expensive solutions like the CaneCreek Double Barrel if you're loaded, but who really doesn't like Fox rear shox?
I have a Float R on my dually and I'm going to go to the Van R b/c I hate losing 5psi over a months time. I just wanna lube my chain and roll.