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post #1 of 19 Old 02-23-2010, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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Another Shock Possibility

I'm pasting a copy of an email correspondence between myself and Traxxion Dynamics today.. Think I'm going to try this.

"I own a 2003 Honda 919 and am very dissatisfied with the shock. Iíve looked at Ohlins and others but canít justify the cost for this bike. Iíve heard of others ordering the 919 spring from you guys and installing it on the shock from a CBR600f3. Have you had any experience with this? Would the shock have to be revalved? CAN the shock be re-valved?
Iíve used your products in the past and have been very satisfied. I look forward to your response.
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John,

We can actually rebuild and revalve the 919 shock, and put the proper spring on it. I have one in the shop as we speak. Of course it does lack compression adjustment.

As long as the F3 shock is the right length, that is a good choice. We can rebuild and revalve it for $200, new spring is $100. We may need a spacer for the spring, which is $25. The shock should be revalved, the 919 needs around a 900 lb spring, depending on your weight, and Iím pretty sure the F3 shock came with a much lighter spring. And a 15 year shock needs a rebuild regardless.

Let me know if you have further questions.

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I don't think I'd bother with an 02 or 03, but an 04 or newer, that sounds like $200 well spent. May or may not turn out as well as an Ohlins, but for 20% the cost, sounds like a bargain to me.

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I actually have my shock revalved with new Ohlins spring installed for $200 (including spring) by Ohlins dealer as we speak. He told me that remote reservoir on 919 shock is very very basic so he is looking to add one from another bike, something with compression adjustment.

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I actually have my shock revalved with new Ohlins spring installed for $200 (including spring) by Ohlins dealer as we speak. He told me that remote reservoir on 919 shock is very very basic so he is looking to add one from another bike, something with compression adjustment.
That sounds interesting as well!!


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Just an update.. Shock is at Traxxion. Should have it back by the end of the week. Put in a very spirited ride yesteray. Man is this factory shock way past done. Can't wait to get it off.

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Just an update.. Shock is at Traxxion. Should have it back by the end of the week. Put in a very spirited ride yesteray. Man is this factory shock way past done. Can't wait to get it off.
Looking forward to your ride report.

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hook me up. I'll send mine off to traxxion if the price is right. I don't need another bike out of commission this year, just want to ride! Whats their turn around time? How much we talking $$ ??

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Shock is finally on it's way back. Apparently I hit them at the end of the great winter racer shock rebuild and they were swamped with "gotta have it yesterday" race shocks. Final price was 359.00 including rebuilding, revalving, new spring, spring spacer, and other stuff. Should be here today or tomorrow.. Easter test ride hopefully in the cards. )))

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What kind of money are we looking at to rebuild/revalve/respring the OEM shock (post-'04)?

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OK!!!
Got the shock in yesterday and couldn't sleep last night so I put it on about midnight. The fit was perfect!. The only modification I had to do was to cut out some of the material around where the old reservoir was because the new reservoir is significantly longer. If I had been in my right mind and able to find my winch it would have only taken about an hour but since I had to use a rope to winch my bike up it took about twice that. No time for much test riding yet. I will say that I have the ability to have too little or too much of compression, rebound, and preload so the weakest link is going to be my ability to set it up. Did a rudamentary set up this morning before riding to work and the ride did seem to be much improved. Bumps that I was preparing myself for never happened. The back also doesn't squat as much in turns so That much I know is better. Probably won't get much of a test run before Sunday. Looking forward to seeing how much difference there is going to be.

OH.. .and I was too stupid tired to take pics. I'll try to get some after pics uploaded.

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Took the bike for a ride yesterday afternoon and after riding like an ass for about 45 minutes I can honestly say that the shock is defintely a big improvement. At first I was wheelying off every crest because I had to much preload but a little less preload and a little more compression damping and things are pretty nice. It's even noticeable in town, where the bike would often wallow slightly when turning. Without spewing a bunch of crap that sounds like I copied it from the pages of cycle world I'll just say that for the money the shock swap is defintely worth it, especially on an older model like mine where there is almost no adjustment. I'll upload some pics in a bit.

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Here's a few pics...
Yes I have to clean up where I cut for the reservoir.. I was tired, it was the middle of the night, my self esteem suffered when I was a child as a result of my cat having the mange.. Every other excuse I can think of. LOL

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Rear end quits wagging like a dogs tail when ya hit a bump while leaning thru a curve too...

Adds ALOT of confidence...not so sure about adding to my skill level tho...





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Rear end quits wagging like a dogs tail when ya hit a bump while leaning thru a curve too...

Adds ALOT of confidence...not so sure about adding to my skill level tho...
Now you can feel vindicated. Love my new shock and the preload adjuster is WAY easier to get to on the f3 shock than it was on the original.

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Pic of my front tire after Sunday's shock testing and adjustment runs.


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Good job Soundman. Sorry to hear about the mangy cat tho.

"Bumps that I was perparing myself for never happened." I remember that.

I've said it for years, upgrading the rear shock is the best money you can spend on a 919. "

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