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As the title says,is it worth changing the stocker for the ohlins rear?
 

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I run Ohlins R/T on everything and just get your set up correct and HELL THE FUCK YES IT IS (plz dont ban me for using the word fuck lol)
 

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Eh, if you only ride slow/moderate on the street then you might get away with a spring and proper set-up. The next step for faster riders and track enthusiasts is re-valving to improve the Showa component, but at that point it's probably worth just getting the good stuff. If you plan to race, look into your rear linkage as well for added traction (tradeoff is no more 2-up).
 
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sure is
i have what is basically the 749 S rear ohlins shock
its feels great in the rear! :p

never had it with a factory showa though...

but as others have said make sure u get it setup for your weight with the correct spring rate ( it may allready be fine ) then get the sag etc set up after it is installed!
 

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The model Ohlins that comes out on the 1098R models (TTX) is worth considering.

They occasionally come up for a fair price (which is how I got mine).

They feel a bit more sophisticated again than the basic one on the S models.

But yes - you will need to set it up for your weight. These bikes generally come out with a rear spring to cope with a passenger, and are hence too stiff for the average-weight rider solo.

The correct spring for your weight, set the sag, and off you go. You will love the upgrade - it gives your bike a more 'quality' feel, and copes with bumps way better.
 

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So from the response i take it im buying a new shock,next question is how easy are they to change over.Ive looked at it and it doesnt seem to difficult,can you leave it on the rear stand and jack the tail up to take the weight off?
 

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Piece of cake. Car jack stands under the frame where the swing arm pivot goes. Unscrew the upper and lower bolts, lift the rear wheel up and down a bit (to loosen it up and pull the bolts out) Once one bolt is out, the swing arm will drop and shock will come right out. You will need to lift up the wheel to put the new shock in, so a rear stand is helpful to control this.
 

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Unfortunately, Öhlins never made a TTX36 that fit on the 749/999.
Ohlins USA is 20min away from my shop. and what they always tell me is just because it isnt in the catalog or someone says that model wont work on that bike. For me they will just charge me the cost for the part and 1/2 price on there time... and if its for me personally. they just charge me for the part and give me free time. NICE! lol
If you want something that cant be done... come to me.
Also as far as the street and most people the stock Showa rear (set up correctly) is just fine, if not good. and the front Showa is either good or great depending on the set up and if there the TI nitrated coated ones. Those forks with the Ohlins cartridge kit, are better then the Ohlins that comes on the 1098 / 1198 "s" models.
But for a track rider or racer, there is nothing like a top notch set up Ohlins, You dont have to go all out ... just get the R/T unless your going AMA or WSBK.
 

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Ohlins USA is 20min away from my shop. and what they always tell me is just because it isnt in the catalog or someone says that model wont work on that bike. For me they will just charge me the cost for the part and 1/2 price on there time... and if its for me personally. they just charge me for the part and give me free time. NICE! lol
I'm friends with David @ Fast Bike Industries, he's right around the corner from Öhlins. We've had long discussions on the subject back in 2009 when I was racing a 749R. He told me straight up, there isn't a TTX36MKII solution for the 749/999. Every version has a problem with fitment, something to do with reservoir location and/or height in relationship to the top of the shock body. I tried to fit my stock 848 shock into a friends 749/999 and it wouldn't fit due to the reservoir angle.

So I don't know the truth, I'm just going by what David, Mark @ the Duc Shop and Dan Kyle @ Kyle Racing told me. They al use the DU301 on that bike and it works great. I had one with the Chandler mod, wow was it amazing.
 

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Ohlins USA is 20min away from my shop. and what they always tell me is just because it isnt in the catalog or someone says that model wont work on that bike. For me they will just charge me the cost for the part and 1/2 price on there time... and if its for me personally. they just charge me for the part and give me free time. NICE! lol
If you want something that cant be done... come to me.
Also as far as the street and most people the stock Showa rear (set up correctly) is just fine, if not good. and the front Showa is either good or great depending on the set up and if there the TI nitrated coated ones. Those forks with the Ohlins cartridge kit, are better then the Ohlins that comes on the 1098 / 1198 "s" models.
But for a track rider or racer, there is nothing like a top notch set up Ohlins, You dont have to go all out ... just get the R/T unless your going AMA or WSBK.
So just out of curiosity...what is the actual cost of a TTX shock? How much less is it than the retail $1200ish?
 

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Tell you what, Ill go ask the man and see what I can find out for you... if i can get that shock to fit to your bike are you going to buy it from Ohlins?
 

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So just out of curiosity...what is the actual cost of a TTX shock? How much less is it than the retail $1200ish?
its not that much of a mark up... looking at my year or two old pricing sheet on sompthing like that retale $1200 shop price would probley be $900-950

(educated guess)
 
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