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Well boys and girls, I just placed my order for a complete Cogent DDC performance package. Carol did such a great job selling both herself and the product that I just said "do it". I don't know if I need the springs or not but I'm just not satisfied when I cut corners and "cheap out". So anyway my account is 300 bucks or so down but I've got what I need for my first winter project on my new-to-me wee.
 

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Be sure to keep us updated on how you like them.
 

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This is going to be interesting, I just got the bike so its still pretty new to me, the front tire is pretty worn so I'm going to put on a new tire, I added a fork brace, and I probably won't be riding again for several months as its headed for the dead of winter here in Wisconsin. It will be an entirely new experience in March when I'm able to mount up. I'm sure hoping its a good one.
 

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I did a suspension makeover on my 05 and it was well worth the money. You definitely need a new front spring. Changing the stock fork spring was probably my most bang for the buck mod. I went with Ricor Intiminator as Cogent didn't have the DDC at that time. I did get the Cogent rear shock though. It looks like its going to be another sucky winter here in WI. Came on way too early.
 

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Got it all together. Its unbelievable the shape of the gunk that comes out. Piece of cake. It went well. I'm bought the new springs from Cogent as recommended. They said to go with 80#, seems very light duty but we'll see. We had a great weekent, could have got out for a trial but I have the engine apart for a valve adjustment. This is not something to be taken lightly but its going well. I'll keep everyone posted when I do get out.
 

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The spring is probably rated at 0.80 kg/mm. That does seem light...what is your riding weight?

Did you set the sag? You want the suspension to drop about 40 mm from wheel off the ground to you sitting on the bike. A cable tie around the inner fork tube is a good tell tale for measuring.
 

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About 220#. I was pretty specific with Cogent on this manner. They claim the 80# is good up to 250# rider. and do fine tuning with the air gap. We'll see. I do not ride trail or two up so a soft ride will be fine but I don't want a lot of bounce or dive.
 

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I'm about the same weight as you and started with a .90 and dropped to a .85. I thought that was still a little stiff for the way I ride and probably would have settled on a .80 kg/mm.
 

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UPDATE. Spring has sprung, snow is gone and the Wee is out. A lot. I promised an update so here goes. After about 300 miles I can say the fork upgrade is a total success! The clunk is completely gone. I can't make it clunk no matter what sort of bumps or clatter I go over. The ride is smooth and controlled, exactly what I was hoping for. Dive is fine. It may be soft for off road riding but for road only use, its perfect. I set the sag and rear suspension. I can only report complete satisfaction. My concerns that the springs (80kg) were too soft are put to rest. The recommendation from Cogent works fine for me.
 

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I just put the same setup on my bike and I'm hoping for a similar result as you. Unfortunately it'll be at least another month before the ice and snow is gone. In the meantime I'm waiting on an Elka shock.

If the suspension improvement is good enough this bike will last me for years.
 

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Got it all together. Its unbelievable the shape of the gunk that comes out. Piece of cake. It went well. I'm bought the new springs from Cogent as recommended. They said to go with 80#, seems very light duty but we'll see. We had a great weekent, could have got out for a trial but I have the engine apart for a valve adjustment. This is not something to be taken lightly but its going well. I'll keep everyone posted when I do get out.
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nice to read the suspension upgrade was a success.

many of us "non-wrench" types, read these threads hoping one day...

...sigh...

ymmv

be well.

rob
 

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i can't wait to upgrade my forks. I feel every little bump in the road through my handle bars. The only thing I've got to compare it to is my DR which has stock suspension also but seems much better than the Wee's. I keep looking at the cost ($300.00 +) and keep putting it off till it's paid for. Not looking forward to tearing it all down either... but it is a Must do!
 

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This is good to hear! I added Cogent's spring last weekend, but have only had time for a quick around the block ride. Felt like a nice improvement, though.

I'm hoping to add the fork kit tomorrow night. Sadly, with rain forecast for the weekend, I will have to wait until next week to fully exercise the new suspension.
 

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I've had a reasonable chance to try out my New Cogent front end and new Elka rear just in time to leave on a two week road trip.

The front is noticeably better than stock - better compliance on moderate/big hits and less dive on braking, but it also provides constant feedback to the handlebars on smooth roads that wasn't there with stock. No doubt it's better for the commuter crowd, I'll have to see if it's wearing on day-long rides or not. I think it's going to be OK - so far I'm happy.

The rear end is a huge improvement. Separate adjustments for high and low speed compression damping, and rebound damping. I'm still experimenting with exactly where I want it, but what a treat it is to be able to do that. I'm sorry I waited this long to make the change. Where I used to wallow and clunk along over rough pavement, even though I only weigh 200 all geared up, I now glide. Handling is hugely improved and the bike is twice as satisfying to ride.

$1300 Canadian dollars in suspension upgrades has saved me 20K. I was seriously considering a change to a 1200GS or a Tenere etc. For now, and the foreseeable future I couldn't care less about a bigger, supposedly better bike. My DL650 is 90% of the way there and so far stone reliable.
 
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