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post #1 of 11 Old 09-26-2008, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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Phobman stand and new shock

Got a phobstand two weeks ago. I highly recommend this super easy to use, secure, well made and reasonably priced bike stand. It lifts easier, has better over-centering and lets down easier than any original equipment center stand I've ever used. Phobman, a member here, makes them.
This stand came in handy last week when my new penske shock came in. I think there is an old post here somewhere about changing a shock on a 919 without removing the rear wheel. Well, I think the answer is no way. just take off the hugger and rear wheel, then changing the shock is really simple. Had to grind two small notches in the upper mount to clear the fatter new shock. I got the basic penske 8900 sport shock from traxion dynamics. Ride height is easily adjustable as is preload and rebound. Ride and handling are much better,as it should be for the $588 it cost. Still playing with the adjustments, lots of fun and yes, they make a big difference good and bad.
Got a factory service manual yesterday. Reading it re-enforces one of my main reasons for buying this 07 919, simplicity and serviceability. I am looking forward to doing routine service on it including the valve check. I've had some complicated bikes over the years. How about a valve check on a VTEC honda VFR? Thermostat on an ST1100? I really enjoy working on bikes but most newer ones can be a hammer-and -tongs deal for much more than an oil change.

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Is the Penske 8900 sport shock an easy drop in? Tell me more...

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I am looking forward to doing routine service on it including the valve check. I've had some complicated bikes over the years. How about a valve check on a VTEC honda VFR?
When you're ready for the valve check PM MisterMike for the WT Shim kit.

Yeah, four cams are lots of fun. I did a friend's '03 Magna a couple of years ago.

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Yes mikochu, very easy drop-in. Be shure to measure the stock ride height (distance from rear axle to frame with the rear wheel off the ground) so you have a good starting point for playing with the new shock.

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+1 Seems like a good option since an Ohlins is $200 to $300 more money.

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post #8 of 11 Old 09-27-2008, 08:47 PM
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Thanks for the kind words, but how's the shock, worth the money? better handling? Enquiring minds want to know!

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The ride qualiy alone, makes the purchase price worthwhile. And yes, it improves handling a bit. No longer are you catapulted out of the seat over expansion joints. Hard jolts are just bumps now. The 919 was sold in reasonable numbers over several years. It's going to be a classic one of these days. They're not going away any time soon.

Spring for that new shock. Enjoy it for years,then take the shock off and sell it separatly when you move on to the next latest and greatest bike. If you look at it like that, a new rear shock is a bargan.

And yes, they're a piece of cake to put in. Come over to my place. I'll help ya.

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Do you have a Penske shock Sniper?

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