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My Shock Rebuild With Suspension Technologies

Last year, I had my stock rear shock done by Michael Alex of Suspension Technologies in Pinellas Park, FL. This guy is Da Man.

I didn't know much about shocks and didn't even have the vocabulary to tell him what was wrong with it, just that it didn't feel right. He explained to me some of the known problems (like a leaky air bladder?) and recommended a few fixes.

Once I gave him the go ahead, he put the shock on a dyno, showed me the graph (which I had no idea how to read) and gave me several before and after printouts: Once I learned exactly what i was looking at, I understood just how bad our stock shock is, at only 5000 miles or so.
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Once re-worked, it looked like this: Just about what a shock SHOULD look like!

Anybody who rides and doesn't know how to read a shock dyno chart should look it up. It's an eye opener.
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Re-spring for my weight, add a 10mm spacer above the shock (Home Depot washers) and the bike was magically transformed. Best money I ever spent, at a fraction of the cost of a new shock. I also learned that as bad as our stock shocks are, the forks are actually pretty good. After 14000 miles I still enjoy immensly.

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Yup, those guys are local to me and very impressed with them. Had mine done there as well.

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Does he have a good email? The email [email protected] doesn't work. I bought a spare shock that I want them to spring to my weight.

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Honestly, it's best to call them. Their website blows and they're not tell big on email from what I gather. But call and talk to them to get the info.

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Sheesh, those are an eye opener. I cant imagine how much better it felt after that.

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Yeah, re-working the shock makes it so much better. I sent mine off to gp suspension and had similar results.

Either way you look at it (re-working oem / aftermarket), you're spending 400+ that you won't get back when your bike eventually goes away. Either you sell it with the oem, or sell a used aftermarket and bolt the oem back on.

Both cost around the same in the end. I just wish I had deeper pockets for the aftermarket bling :)


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Yeah, re-working the shock makes it so much better. I sent mine off to gp suspension and had similar results.

Either way you look at it (re-working oem / aftermarket), you're spending 400+ that you won't get back when your bike eventually goes away. Either you sell it with the oem, or sell a used aftermarket and bolt the oem back on.

Both cost around the same in the end. I just wish I had deeper pockets for the aftermarket bling :)
Suspension Technologies is about half of that cost of that.
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How much did the work cost???
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