I know most of you will not spend the bucks on an Ohlins shock, and I fully understand, but I got a wild hair, and got a good deal from Rick at Cogent Dynamics.
If you aren't familiar with the shock, it has a LARGE reservoir on top of it, piggyback, they call it. Also has the remote preload adjuster.
In case you haven't seen it, it looks like this.
Anyways, I spent the better part of the night installing the damn thing
It was one of those installs that you learn a lot from.
If you are going to install one of these shocks, you need to remove a few things. The instructions say drop the bottom link and it will be cool...
NOT IF YOU HAVE A CENTER STAND!
The shock was so big, I had to remove the center stand, but this was a problem, cause I needed to lift the bike, so in the end, I removed the rear wheel, the splash guard for the shock, the back part of the exhaust!
I had to lift the bike by putting a piece of pipe above the swingarm and below the passenger pegs.
Fit the shock, then had to reinstall the center stand, then let the bike down on the stand.
Oh yeah, don't forget, the chain goes OVER the exhaust piece you took off to make room for the shock. Don't ask me how I know.
All in all, it was a great learning experience. Will I do it again? Let's just say next time, I will take less than half the time it took today.