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post #1 of 9 Old 05-25-2012, 01:20 PM Thread Starter
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I have an 07 919 , new tires, and the bike doesn't handle as well as I think it should. I also have a zr-7 that think handles better. Now for the ? , the rear shock, when u turn that adjust on the bottom of the shock should u feel the clicks like I do on my ktm? 2 I'm 160lbs were would u set the spring and the rebound as a starting point?3 i have been reading about
people putting a longer shock also and making things better, why not just drop the fork a little( works on bike bikes)maybe there is a bigger picture I'm not seeing. Please some one help befor I sell the bike

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post #2 of 9 Old 05-25-2012, 06:55 PM
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Thousands of words have been written in this forum about shocks, forks, suspension upgrades etc to this bike- there's a real history here, and a wealth of knowledge already communicated.

Have you considered doing a search for them? Reading the record of what's been done and what the possibilities are would be really helpful for you, and might answer your questions without the need for more input.

Similarly, you might still have some questions, and I'm sure you'd get some help there, too. But digging back is a good place to start, without provoking a lot of eye-rolling and sighing from the guys who have sat and written for hours in the past.

Cheers - good luck. It's all there, believe me.....

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I have an 07 919 , new tires, and the bike doesn't handle as well as I think it should. I also have a zr-7 that think handles better. Now for the ? , the rear shock, when u turn that adjust on the bottom of the shock should u feel the clicks like I do on my ktm? 2 I'm 160lbs were would u set the spring and the rebound as a starting point?3 i have been reading about
people putting a longer shock also and making things better, why not just drop the fork a little( works on bike bikes)maybe there is a bigger picture I'm not seeing. Please some one help befor I sell the bike
Install an Ohlins shock. Problem solved. See above.

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I have read alot , and I have got a lot of good info, but sould I feel the clicks when I turn the adjustment or is my shock junk.

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I have read alot , and I have got a lot of good info, but sould I feel the clicks when I turn the adjustment or is my shock junk.
The stock shock is a spring receptacle that claims to also be a damper.
The stock spring is mush, but if you preload too much then the top out is like a rock.
2 - 4 positions stiffer from start for the preload collar, I'd go with 3.
I gave up on the rebound adjuster, and two much really makes it bad.
The damper seemed to have lots of stiction to me.
Midpoint on the damper screw, then try 1/8 turns and try each 1/8, but don't go to far with that screw.
# 1 change is a real rear shock.
If you can't do the shock, go for a spring.
Stock is less than 900 # / inch, and nothing less than 1000 should ever go on a 919, even with a zero weight rider.

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I have read alot , and I have got a lot of good info, but sould I feel the clicks when I turn the adjustment or is my shock junk.
There are no clicks on that damper re the rebound screw.

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post #7 of 9 Old 05-25-2012, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks that what I really needed to know , ever other shock I have had u could feel the clicks. I was thinking the shock was junk, and thanks to every one for ther in put . I love the motor and the look of the bike but right now it the worst handling bike I have, I only paid 4000 for it with 4500 miles on it so a 1000 seem like a lot for a new shock. I can do a new sping or a rebuild, dont mind spending money on things I know will work . thank to all try to help

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post #8 of 9 Old 05-26-2012, 07:42 AM
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The bike responds very well to suspension work.
Mine is totally different bike to ride now.
RaceTech valve kits and springs in the front and a specially pistoned 3 way Penske on the rear.

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The bike responds very well to suspension work.
Mine is totally different bike to ride now.
RaceTech valve kits and springs in the front and a specially pistoned 3 way Penske on the rear.
I agree completely. I have a Ohlins rear shock and had my front forks rebuilt by Dan Kyle racing with Ohlins internals. Best money I've spent on the bike.

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