Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Southern Ontario
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MC, as usual, thanks for the detailed and informative response.
Anybody heard of the Daugherty F4 shock upgrade? While I was re-reading some threads here on the forum, hoping to find a supplier for the HO322 - that's when I learned basically nobody keeps these in stock - someone suggested Daugherty, although I believe it was for Penske. Either way - I contacted him, and he suggested, if I was on a budget, his custom-pistoned CBR600F4 shock. 350$. Spring and internals adjusted for 919 and rider weight.
I seem to remember someone here on the forum had one (hondad, I think...?). I know LDH and others might pipe up in here about OEM shocks being crap, but I think these are significantly re-worked internally. Either way, the problem is thus : Now, with the departure of the 600$ Ohlins option, one has two options :
1. 350$ for the Daugherty one, or a bit less for a rebuild of the stock 919 shock;
2. 919$ for the Ohlins one.
Yes, I know I can get a Penske 8900e for 600$-ish - but that's an emulsion shock, and I've been steered away from those by two suspension experts I've talked to, Kyle of Windmill Motorsports and Willie Vass. Would they be better than the heavily-modifed F4 shock? Don't know.
If I take into consideration the Canadian dollar, and how it's absolutely plummeting right now, it turns out that my 919$ Ohlins (no offense to LDH and Dan Kyle - I appreciate this shock at 919$ is still a fantastic deal!) will be closer to 1300$. That's starting to hurt. I'd already sent Windmill 750$ CDN for the HO322 (he'll refund, no worries), but I'm really having a hard time spending a further 550$ on the 201.
I'm sure I'm not the first to think of this, but - is there another Ohlins shock that could be made to work for the 919, that could be more affordable? I know, I know, EVERYTHING could be made to work with enough time and money - I mean, a shock that could be made to work relatively easily, let's say. Or would that be pure heresy?
To be clear, I'm ready, willing and able to spend about 550-600$ U.S.. I already have. =) But that's kind of the max I've got.
2006 Honda 919
2003 Honda RC51 (sold)
1989 Yamaha FZR400 w/ stock, YZF600, and 661cc engines (661 = YZF600 bottom end, FZR600 top end) (sold)
1986 Yamaha TZR250 (sold)
1989 Yamaha RZ350 (sold)