My bike is now complete!
I just installed my new Ohlins shock and DK reworked forks. The forks went on with neary a problem, but the shock was another thing. The manual instructions were lacking and the Ohlins instructions were also vague. Lessons learned. Pull a fairing side and put a floor jack under the headers to relieve pressure from the shock mounting bolts. When properly jacked up the bolts come right out. Remove the tank bolts and turn the tank sideways, remove the rear mounting bracket (4 bolts), and loosen the top shock nut. Drop the shock down and remove the top shock through bolt and nut, then remove the lower three shock mount bolts. I think this job is best performed with two people, but I'll bet it can be done alone if experienced.
So how do I like the mods? So far the rear shock is the most noticable. I can't believe how smooth the Ohlins is. The front DK reworked forks are better and don't dive as much, but are not as dramatic as the shock. I currently have the sag set at about 1.5 inches, which dictates to about 38mm. Maybe a little soft, but Sunday's twisty outing will tell. The Ohlins manual recommends a sag of 30-40mm with rider (rear) and 35-48mm with rider (front). Since my sag front and rear are both 38mm, I figure I am good to go. I have searched the posts about sag, but too many differing opinions have me confused. Some like less sag, some like more sag. Since I do 3-4 track days a year and ride mostly agressive street, I will see how the 38mm sags works, and go from there. If any of you have a similar experience with DK reworked fronts and Ohlins rear, please offer up your advice. FWIW, I weigh 170 lbs without gear and Dan put stiffer front Ohlins fork springs in.
Last edited by ULEWZ; 01-15-2005 at 2:55 AM.