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Ohlins Mechatronic Shock Installation

Installation was fairly straightforward. See here for a review of the shock.

You will first need to remove the fuel tank.

You also want to remove the foot guard off the footpeg bracket on both sides to make access easier.

To remove the OEM shock and install a new one, you will need the following tools:

1. Two floor jacks to place under the footpeg to raise the bike and take the weight off the swingarm. This is assuming you have a non-foldable foot pegs. If you have stock footpegs, you need to figure out a different way to lift the bike.

2. A torque wrench.

3. A 14mm socket, a 14mm wrench and an extension bit.

4. I also used a 32 mm socket on the rear axle nut and a breaker bar to maneuver the swingarm to align the holes and make it easier to remove/reinstall the stock bolts (see video).

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Step 1 (after removing the fuel tank) is to loosen and remove the upper and lower stock mounting bolts. For the lower bolt, you will need the extension bit. Even after the nuts are removed, you will find that it's a bit difficult to push the bolts out. I used a 32 mm socket on the rear axle nut and used a breaker bar for leverage to move the swingarm up and down...the bolts come right out (see video above).

Note: I borrowed the first picture from Suburban Rancher's Untamed Velocity thread because I forgot to take pictures of the stock setup before I removed the stock bolts. So, big thanks to Suburban Rancher.
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Once the bolts have been removed, the stock shock can be easily taken out.
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Maneuver the new shock into place, align the holes using the leverage method per video, and push the upper and lower bolts through the holes and thread the nuts. The shorter bolt is the upper bolt.

But do not tighten yet.

Get the bike off the fixed jacks and allow the shock to take some load.

Now put the bike back on the rear stand (not the jacks) and tighten the bolts to 34 Nm (25 ft-lbs).
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The mechatronic shock comes with its own ECU, which is placed under the rear seat. Routing of the supplied cables is pretty easy. A diagnostic plug plugs into its counterpart socket under the rear seat. Everything is pretty straightforward.
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The Ohlins comes with its own remote preload adjuster. I mounted the preload adjuster to the passenger footpeg on the right, as recommended. However, this will soon need to be changed as I plan to eventually remove the footpegs for racing purposes.

That's pretty much it. Haven't tested it or anything so I don't know how good this is going to be compared to stock...but most folks who've used it, including Ken Hill from YCRS, like it. If it's good enough for Ken, it's probably going to be good enough for me.
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Thanks for the write up. I hope you enjoy the new shock.
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Neat! Do tell us your feedback after test
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Neat! Do tell us your feedback after test
Done about 1k kms now on mine. Also had the front fork oil replaced, level raised and the forks dropped 4mm in the triple clamp. No rear link changes.

It's like riding a completely different bike. On rails. Pointed. Precise. Predictable.

Very, very happy

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