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post #31 of 38 Old 07-11-2019, 07:01 PM
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I went back and looked through my Traxxion e mail invoices.

My awesome thought, back in 2013, was to upgrade the rear shock. I did the 350.00 spring and valve. At that point, my dumb ass decides to finish the 2013 season and upgrade the fork in the off season.

I lasted 2 days and 77 miles. The bike was a mess. The shock was just right. No need to change a thing, but the fork was a disaster. Way worse than a stock bike.

Maybe a person could do fork first? I call Traxxion and talked about ak20's. Yes, he can build them and for a lot more, I can get the real penske shock, too.
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post #32 of 38 Old 07-11-2019, 07:49 PM
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Hi all, just a heads up - Im selling my Traxxion AK-20's (see for sale section) as Im trading my bike soon. Significantly less than what you would pay to Traxxion directly.
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post #33 of 38 Old 07-11-2019, 11:36 PM
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Swapping out only the rear shock on a '92 VFR-750F turned that thing into one of the worst handling motorcycles I ever rode. From the slightly dopey but manageable stock bike to something with a taste for blood. Tank-slappers, front tire pushing, high speed weaves, just demonic. I could tell the front to rear spring balance was WAY off, it felt like the axis of chassis rotation was about three-quarters of the way back on the bike. The bike wasn't inspiring enough to keep (as you might expect with a '92 ZX-7R also in the garage!) and dial in. An AFM racer took it out for a hard ride and came back laughing. Out the door she went.
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post #34 of 38 Old 07-12-2019, 10:32 AM
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It does sound crazy, but bad/bad was way better than bad/good. I wish there was a halfway reasonable, 500 dollar fix, but i think its one of those things where its all in, or nothing.
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post #35 of 38 Old 07-13-2019, 01:03 PM
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Just this past week I had dan at traxxion build me up a set of cartridges and I’m not disappointed let me just make that clear. He’s always by the phone to help out and just a great guy and wealth of knowledge as well
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post #36 of 38 Old 07-13-2019, 07:33 PM
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That's who I worked with, too, and he's excellent. They need two or three Dans.

What are you doing about your shock, or did you bet both?
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post #37 of 38 Old 07-13-2019, 11:17 PM
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I haven’t decided yet. This week I got the akrapovic dual head pipes and sc project gp slip ons. I’m tapped out till next week haha. I talked to dan about the differences between the Penske and the Ohlins stx46. He said they are essentially the same and the Ohlins is cheaper and he’s also a dealer for them and will beat any price you find. Seems like a no brainer
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post #38 of 38 Old 07-14-2019, 10:00 AM
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As long as the Ohlins has length adjust, hell yes. I've found that feature to be a really nice way to dial in handling response, for lack of a better description. Well worth paying extra for , if you had to. But, I think Ohlins has a better system for their reservoir.

There's a certain spec, or performance they set these shocks up for. I dont mean to act like you dont know this...I dont mean that, at all. I had a dyno readout for both my modified stock shock and my penske shock. There were slight differences, but they were the same within a 2-5% window....and 5% would really be stretching the truth.
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