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Look what I found at my door. After a lot of thinking, I decided to upgrade my suspension on my 19. I'm 230 pounds and love the canyons, the stock set up is really lacking even at full preload.

I purchased the Penske 8983 with the reservoir, that was a given. I really wanted the AK20 but that's now doubling the money. But, everyone raves about it. I found out I could get springs for my weight, for much less. I know it's not the same thing as the AK and not even close. However, the price is an easier pill to swallow.

I'm having the springs and spacers installed tomorrow. I will install the shock maybe on Sunday. Unfortunately, I'm going to be crazy busy for a few weeks. I hope to get a shred session in a month.
 

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Traxxion does good work. Did you get new valves for to match the new springs for the front?? This is important as new, stiffer springs may not work well with the original valving.
 
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Picked up the bike and can really feel the difference. I can really tell how undersprung the bike was and how soft my rear is. I hope to find time tomorrow to put the rear shock on.
 

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John is right in mentioning the valves to go with the new springs. You will need compression and rebound valves matched to the new springs. Traxxion offers a kit just for that (springs + valves) which costs less than the complete AK20’s.
 
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Can you post a picture of how you mounted the reservoir? Traxxion mounted mine to the Shad Top Box arms, which is a problem since I remove the brackets for track days.

View attachment 32203 Look what I found at my door. After a lot of thinking, I decided to upgrade my suspension on my 19. I'm 230 pounds and love the canyons, the stock set up is really lacking even at full preload.

I purchased the Penske 8983 with the reservoir, that was a given. I really wanted the AK20 but that's now doubling the money. But, everyone raves about it. I found out I could get springs for my weight, for much less. I know it's not the same thing as the AK and not even close. However, the price is an easier pill to swallow.

I'm having the springs and spacers installed tomorrow. I will install the shock maybe on Sunday. Unfortunately, I'm going to be crazy busy for a few weeks. I hope to get a shred session in a month.
 

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View attachment 32203 Look what I found at my door. After a lot of thinking, I decided to upgrade my suspension on my 19. I'm 230 pounds and love the canyons, the stock set up is really lacking even at full preload.

I purchased the Penske 8983 with the reservoir, that was a given. I really wanted the AK20 but that's now doubling the money. But, everyone raves about it. I found out I could get springs for my weight, for much less. I know it's not the same thing as the AK and not even close. However, the price is an easier pill to swallow.

I'm having the springs and spacers installed tomorrow. I will install the shock maybe on Sunday. Unfortunately, I'm going to be crazy busy for a few weeks. I hope to get a shred session in a month.
So I might be wrong but Level 1 Traxion rebuilds our stock suspension. Then the Penske 8983 then the Traxion AK20?
 

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So I might be wrong but Level 1 Traxion rebuilds our stock suspension. Then the Penske 8983 then the Traxion AK20?
I'm sorry, I'm not sure if I'm following right.
The rear shock is Penske. They do have different levels for how much adjustability you want. I'm not sure if they rebuild stock.
With the front, they offer upgraded springs to match your weight and that's what I got and had my local shop install. You can also get upgraded valves, but I didn't choose that route.
The best choice is the AK20 which can be installed by them if you send the forks. They also sell the kit and you install yourself.
 

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Traxxion has all kinds of fork, and shock options. The Ak20 inserts and Penske shock are top of the line, and priced as such.

You can save about 1/2 of that by letting them rebuild the stock shock and stock fork cartridges.
 

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Traxxion has all kinds of fork, and shock options. The Ak20 inserts and Penske shock are top of the line, and priced as such.

You can save about 1/2 of that by letting them rebuild the stock shock and stock fork cartridges.
This is what I would recommend for most based on my experience. I have the basic upgrade of the stock components on my Ninja 1000, but went with the AK-20's and a Penske on my Tracer. The basic rebuild is more bang for the buck and works very well at about half the price.
 
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Johnny, I'm with you. Suspension is one of those products where you don't keep buying more quality at a linear manner. I spent several weeks riding the revalved, stock Ninja 1000 shock. It's hard to put a number on it, but if I were forced...

Stock shock rebuild cost 350.00, plus shipping. That included a new spring as well as revalved internals. They also added a nitrogen port so future rebuilds would be easy.

A few things happened and a friend offered me full price for the rebuilt shock. This was a chance to upgrade and not lose money. I did it. The real Penske shock was 999.00, back then. The ride was more plush, but the revalved shock was a way better value. It gave at least 85% of the performance for 1/3 the cost.

No regrets. I would have always wondered how much better it would have been if I didn't make the upgrade.

The fork cartridges was easier to justify. I do my own re-valving,but there's no baseline to start with on a ninja 1000 fork. A dirt bike fork, I have five guys who could get me pointed in the right direction. Not so much on this ninja fork.

I don't remember the pricing for the Traxxion fork rebuild. No matter the cost, I would have had to pay shipping, both ways.

The full kit ended up costing me an extra 300-400, if I remember correctly.

No down time with the full kit was also an advantage.
 
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That is their "z shaped bracket". You can build one, or something very similar, or they sell it.


I believe Traxxion dynamics has it on their site, but I couldn't find it.
 
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I love how the picture shows it, sideways . Otherwise it would look like something Hitler sold.
 
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