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Old 02-19-2010, 07:22 PM   #226
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Yea, me too. It snowed yet again last night, coated stuff with ice ontop of that. We have had about 24" since mid December.

I want to ride my bike!


Awesome job on the shock Rick. It handles the sand down here in Mexico just fine!
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Old 02-19-2010, 07:29 PM   #227
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That white sand almost looks like snow... Is it just me?

Thanks Ron! I wish I were down there with you "Testing".
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Old 03-10-2010, 10:16 PM   #228
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I recently snagged a Ohlins shock for a '95 KTM 250SX off Ebay for cheap. Others have told me they were able to get this shock to bolt onto the DR650 with minimal effort. I have found otherwise. Sparing the details, the exhaust gets in the way of the reservoir. So I was thinking of taking the guts out of the Ohlins and putting it in the stock casing, basically what you are doing. Any thoughts on this? Any problems you foresee? Here are some images for your viewing pleasure.
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Old 03-10-2010, 10:49 PM   #229
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Another picture to show my problem.

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Old 03-11-2010, 06:13 AM   #230
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So the reservoir is too long. Also looks like the shocks stroke is wrong. We could likely correct the stroke and shorten the reservoir to make that shock fit. I don't know about the spring rate or valving on that shock. KTNs have a linkless rear suspension that often use variable rate springs with position sensitive damping, that too can potentially modified.

I doubt the internals will fit into the DR shock. The DR uses a 40mm internal piston dia. Not sure what you have in the Ohlins but I suspect it is a 46mm body.

I would consider some type of trade for our shock internals for you to install for the KTM Ohlins.
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Old 03-11-2010, 06:34 AM   #231
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Well, in your opinion, would modifying the Ohlins make for a "beefier"/better shock compared to your rebuild of the stock shock? I am open for trades, perhaps with a little compensation from myself if needed. What did you have in mind?

Btw: How could you tell the stroke was off?
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Old 03-11-2010, 06:43 AM   #232
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The Ohlins shock would give you better compression damping control due to the superior compression adjuster design compares to the OEM shock. Our internals will likely give the better overall damping. If you were using the DR on motocross tracks, the 46mm Ohlins body would get rid of heat better. Let's talk off line about how to work this out for you.
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Old 03-11-2010, 06:55 AM   #233
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Hi Rick,

Before you go offline with this discussion - do you work on a lot of linkless/KTM suspension as well? I might have some custom work for you...

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Old 03-11-2010, 08:20 AM   #234
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Lukas,

I can not profess to be an expert on the KTM stuff. I do work with a few local Hare Scrambles racers who ride KTMs and I service the WP stuff, more because few shops will. I am quite conversant with the KTM Dual Sport stuff and have worked on / revalved some cool 560 SM race bikes. Our shop and product range is petty much dedicated to Street, RoadRace and Dual sport bikes.

I would help where I can.
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Old 03-11-2010, 05:55 PM   #235
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Why waste the time with that Olins shock when Rick can set you up with the correct DR setup for under $500.00.

I have my doubts that a KTM olins shock will be better than a Cogent DR shock.

Plus you can just sell the olins for enough to fund the correct DR shock.
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Old 03-11-2010, 06:00 PM   #236
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Well I don't have even close to $500 to spend on a new shock. Plus I got the Ohlins for free, which may fund a correct shock from Rick.
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Old 03-11-2010, 06:10 PM   #237
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Well I don't have even close to $500 to spend on a new shock. Plus I got the Ohlins for free, which may fund a correct shock from Rick.
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I hear you about the money.
I guess my point was you could probably sell that Olins for enough to get the Cogent shock, which I think is a better solution.
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Old 03-17-2010, 08:52 AM   #238
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I got me some wrenchin' to do this weekend!

Rick performed his magic and added a 7.2 rear spring. I'm also replacing the stock fork springs with .45's and intiminators.

Thanks Rick & Joyce! Great talking to both of you.
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Old 03-18-2010, 06:47 AM   #239
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Hi Guys,

an important note:

DO NOT use the suzuki manual torque specification to tighten the lower shock mounting bolt (on the shock clevis).

The prescribed torque will often rip the aluminum threads out of the clevice on the OEM or our shock.

There is an error in the manual.

We suggest 37 NM as the correct torque to tighten the M-10 fastener in the aluminum thread.
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Old 03-18-2010, 08:17 AM   #240
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Okay guys, its time to get your shocks into Rick for rebuild and group buy discount on the hard coating. Mine is going out this week and the only hold up is sufficient numbers to garner the discounted hard coating. Lets get off the wallets and get our bikes ready for spring riding....it hit 60F here in Chicago yesterday!
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