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post #1 of 11 Old 11-29-2009, 04:53 AM Thread Starter
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Installing Ohlin Shock on a V Strom

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.

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Think most of the folks here have gone for the ELKA group buy.

The reservoir is mounted under the rear passenger peg.


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I'd like to see some installed pictures, how it looks, and how the preload is mounted...if possible.

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With the 2 way Elka shock, would I still need to remove the centre stand on my Wee?

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The Suzuki stand does not get in the way. It's only center stands with a high crossbar like the SW-Motech that are a problem. Even in those cases, removing the lower rocker link #1 allows clearance.

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Ah, yeah Pat, with a stock bodied shock, I would agree with you, but not only did I have the center stand off completely, but I also took off the link completely, and the damn thing STILL didn't fit! It's a weird shape, and the reservoir is really large.
No doubt, if the shock body was like stock, or even the Elkas, but this thing is a monster.
Update:
Took the bike out today to the Malibu canyons.
WOW! Talk about complient. The rear end just soaks up the bumps, and didn't scrape the center stand at all!
Now the front end feels like crap, shaking and bucking the bars in my hands.
Can't wait to get the valves and springs in the forks... :beatnik:

On a side note, got a head shake like I used to get on the Bandit before I changed the steering head bearings to tapered ones. Wonder if the front end needs adjustment.
Don't think I need to go the steering damper route. I'll have to search if anyone has changed the ball bearings for tapered roller bearings in the head tube.

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I'd like to see some installed pictures, how it looks, and how the preload is mounted...if possible.

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BTD, I'll try and get some shots of it today, post em tomorrow....hopefully.

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I don't think the Ohlins would fit on an ABS 650 at all. The ABS module is very close to the shock.

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Thumbs up SV Racing Parts, Elka Rear Shocks for the DL650 and DL1000

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With the 2 way Elka shock, would I still need to remove the center stand on my Wee?

Hi, Pat is right, you do not need to remove the OEM Suzuki Center Stand to install the Custom mad Elka Rear Shocks for the DL650 and DL1000 Vstrom's,

The reason Elka did not incorporate a piggy back is because it does not fit or work as well on the Vstrom models, and cannot be installed at all on the abs models,

The Remote Reservoir is beautiful as it is easily mounted and adjustable, and comes come complete with the mounting hardware and brackets,

All Stromtroopers interested in saving with the Group Buy Pricing and Shipping, regardless of the country, should email me directly at [email protected] and I will get you looked after right away,

Enjoy the ride, and best regards,
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Here are the pics! Well, some of them.

http://s237.photobucket.com/albums/f...1/09%20VStrom/
For all the guys who think this is just a drop the link and put it in, here's the proof.
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