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Old 02-13-2008, 10:07 AM   #106
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I'm getting one build for a lowered 2007 and will post how it works when I get it mounted. I can probably already guess what I will say.
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Old 02-13-2008, 11:52 AM   #107
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Good info. I am finding my RT shock so stiff, I have to adjust the compression to the softest setting. Raceworks in Louisiana did mine but it was his first DR650.
I had a race tech guy in chico do my DR shock and the reccomended race tech settings were way too stiff,very buckboard like but good for double jumping. He revalved it 2 more times at no cost,going a fair amount softer every time and it works pretty darn good now for a street oriented 350 lb pig bike. Seems like a big bike to try to get serious in the dirt on. But I am a long time single track two stroke rider so I may be biased.It worked really well out at death valley as long as I wasnt in the dreaded deep gravel bed full of big sharp rocks,the ft end seemed to plow and not steer much in the deep stuff. A knobbie in the back would have helped to get it up to speed and planing.
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Old 02-13-2008, 05:22 PM   #108
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Here is another review update........

This evening on the way home, I noticed a couple things:

1. My previous statement about not feeling anything on, in, over, whatever, the road, is not entirely accurate. I still feel bumps and crap, but only once! My front end is still stock, and I feel the bumps from the front, but the shock makes em just disappear out back! Amazing!

2. It use to be that when running a set of switchback type twisties, that the suspension would load up and unload pretty drastically. In other words, the suspension would suck up in the corners, to the point of bottoming out, and then unload pretty bad out of the corner, and in a quick set of twisties, this unsettles the bike a bit, but now? This thing is stable as a rock in the rear! No drastic changes. No big time unloading or bottoming out!

Now, after dropping Rick a line earlier, he confessed to me that he set mine up a little stiffer than most others since he knows my riding style, which is very aggressive. My recommendation would be to talk to the man and let him know your riding style so he can taylor the valving to your specs. In my case, he set this thing up just right, right out of the box!

I also hit a couple trail sections on the way home and am happy to report that the bike seemed very well behaved there as well, but to be honest, I am recovering from knee surgery and am not aggressive at all in dirt right now. More of a stand up and ride the trails type of style at the moment, but it handled very nicely and was not abrupt in any way!
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Old 02-13-2008, 05:49 PM   #109
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I'm getting one build for a lowered 2007 and will post how it works when I get it mounted. I can probably already guess what I will say.
So the ride height adjustment can lower the bike to equal the stock shock's lowered height setting ? That'd be cool because I dont ever see myself using the bike in the stock height setting. Unless I go to Korea and have that leg extending surgery I've heard about
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Old 02-14-2008, 08:52 AM   #110
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Old 02-15-2008, 08:09 AM   #111
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Thanks for the kind words Meansrk and thank you for the business!
Eyedragaknee, your stuff is under control!

VFR870, the stock shock has a high and low position, selected by the two holes (overall length) and flipping the spring clip (shock stroke). For me to provide the shorter stroke, I must shorten the shock shaft. On either version of the shock, the ride height adjuster only provides a VERY small range of shortening but will lengthen either. The short version can be returned to close to the stock ride height and the long version can be raised by an inch or so. The shock stroke can only be changed by opening up the shock so to convert a short shock to a full travel long shock it is likely that the shock will need to be returned to our shop. To add further clarification: the Cogent shock has the same stroke and length as the stock shock in either configuration but you loose the ability to fully convert it in your garage (at least for most people).
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Old 02-15-2008, 08:45 AM   #112
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Thanks for the info/clarification, Rick. My (lack of) off-road skills cant outride the stock shock yet but I plan on using the DR for longer road trips as well and I'm sure your shock will help with a loaded bike in the twisties. Your shock is on the short list of mods I'll get to as soon as my pocket allows

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Old 02-15-2008, 04:34 PM   #113
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Rick sent you another private message

Rick, I sent you another Private Message about getting a shock built.
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Old 02-16-2008, 09:36 AM   #114
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My shocks at cogent right now, any more reviews while my bikes down and out would be cool.
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Old 02-16-2008, 03:34 PM   #115
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Cogent shock

Got the rebuilt Cogent rear shock from Rick in N.C. today and put it on my old DR 650(I sold it to my friend a couple of months ago).

Rick did a great job. The bike now has a very good rear suspension. IMHO this is the way to go with the rear shock for the DR. Now I wish I wouldn't have sold her!
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Old 02-27-2008, 08:08 AM   #116
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Okay, anybody else have any first hand experience with this shock? Just picked up a 2000 DR650 and want to get some suspension work done!!

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Old 02-27-2008, 08:42 AM   #117
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Okay, anybody else have any first hand experience with this shock? Just picked up a 2000 DR650 and want to get some suspension work done!!

Thanks,
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I love mine. I weigh 185 lbs and it works fantastic.
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Old 02-27-2008, 10:04 AM   #118
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Thanks P-Nut. Now just need to get a few more people to send their shocks in so NC Rick can get another batch going so I can enjoy one!!

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Old 02-27-2008, 10:30 AM   #119
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Old 02-27-2008, 11:58 AM   #120
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