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Hi,

It is time to work on forks and shok and I asked for prices at the Ohlins dealership. The first option consisted on changing oil, gas, springs and revalving on both parts for 580 USD. The second was a new Ohlins shock and the same for the forks for 1000 USD.

Taking into account that the ohlins shock costs alone almost 900 USD, I´m getting it for only 420 additional USD.

¿Do you think the second option really worths it?

Thanks a lot in advance,

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yea even though the Ohlins do look pretty, you would be better off getting your Showas re-done

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Hi,

It is time to work on forks and shok and I asked for prices at the Ohlins dealership. The first option consisted on changing oil, gas, springs and revalving on both parts for 580 USD. The second was a new Ohlins shock and the same for the forks for 1000 USD.

Taking into account that the ohlins shock costs alone almost 900 USD, I´m getting it for only 420 additional USD.

¿Do you think the second option really worths it?

Thanks a lot in advance,

i have worked extensively with both and the showa stuff is very hard to beat,

it will piss you off if you spend all that money and then you will still have to valve it 7 times to just get it as good as the stock showa stuff was

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I'll get them redone, not willing to waste money then. Thanks for your comments :thumbsup:

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Ohlins shock has, at least, one benefit on OEM showa and kayaba, after two hours riding, the swedish shock is still the same, less overheating i.e same comfort and feeling, no bad reaction.

On fork side, i used it once, on a beach sand race named "Le Touquet". With the golden fork, i was able to ride one speed higher on sandy whoops, compare to a Kayaba reset by specialist !

If money was not an issue, i'd buy a complete set with no hesitation.

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Amigo,

Put that stuff in a box and send it to ENZO or RG3!

Best of Luck,

Manny

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well, unfortunately money is a huge issue, especially if we look at the third option given by this Ohlins dealer: forks and shock Ohlins for 2400 EUR = $3050. But I wasn't even considering that one.

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Ohlins shock has, at least, one benefit on OEM showa and kayaba, after two hours riding, the swedish shock is still the same, less overheating i.e same comfort and feeling, no bad reaction.

On fork side, i used it once, on a beach sand race named "Le Touquet". With the golden fork, i was able to ride one speed higher on sandy whoops, compare to a Kayaba reset by specialist !

If money was not an issue, i'd buy a complete set with no hesitation.

I heve never been able to stay on the motorbike more than 30 min. so the Ohlins shock wouldn't be used at all, and I have no clue on how to tune suspensions. I always take them to a good tunner and never touch at all.

Your comments on the forks made me think a lot :thumbsup::ride: , it is amazing what you say, but maby the one taking those whoops at a higher speed were you not your Ohlins, thanks to that "phsicological help" and more confidence. ¿Did you miss your Ohlins when going back to kayaba stuff?

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In north of europe we have sand specialists due to a lot of sand soils :

Netherland, Belgium, North of France, Scandinavian countries and so, on...

If you are a Pro or wealthy, you have semi factory Kayaba or Showa set. More expansive than Ohlins.

If you are intermediate and less wealthy, You try specialist. My friend did it and was skeptical. Later on he bought a complete set of Ohlins for his second bike and we did some test. He's a sand specialist, me absolutely not, i'm a former enduro rider, highest level european championship in 88.

Same bikes (YZ 250), same day with one lap on each of them at the same moment. Faster guy on whoops section was always the Ohlins mounted, every time ! Smoother than Kayaba modified, there's no doubt at all.

Reg.overheating, even if you make a lot of stop, after 2 hours, sometimes less, shock cartridge on ohlins was always colder. So, you can easily imagine how is the oil and gaz.

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The main point is that any style or brand of forks and shocks should be revalved and sprung correctly for your weight and riding conditions...Providing that you already have the Showa, it will work well for 90% of the people riding out there....Save your money and get the Showa stuff setup...You will be happy !

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The TTX - Twin Tube is a much better design for the shock and it is exclusive to Ohlins. CSC is also exclusive to Ohlins. I have a TTX shock and it is a joy to ride, easy to adjust, easy to maintain.

You spend a lot of $$ getting your stock stuff fixed then sell it with the bike and start over. You buy Ohlins, get it set up and swap it bike to bike with little adjustment. If you are a long term rider it is cheeper to ride Ohlins after 2 years. I know people that have used the same suspension on 5 bikes. Just service regularly and make small adjustments from bike to bike. They have spent less money than the guy that gets a new bike every year or two and spends the $$ on geting the stock stuff set up.

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Even if MSC signature "smell" Ohlins guy, I have confirm that there is a huge difference in quality and way of oil flow between a modified SHOWA / KAYABA and especially the new TTX range of Ohlins, and I have worked at Factory Connection and then been an OEM customer to Ohlins.

after test riding the new TTX shock, I have ordered one TTX kit myself ( shock and Cartridge kit) and that is of my own hard earned cash.

BUT as somebody said, you still have to have the correct spring rates and set correct sag, and TEST

there is a reason ALL road racing GP teams run Ohlins, Inclusive Honda who owns Showa.

AGAIN, nice suspension is subjective and personal preference.

GOOD RACE suspension is what cut lap times, if not it is not GOOD Race suspension.

Really fast guys may not have "nice" suspension, they only want to win,their suspension may beats the crap out of them, they don't care as long as it makes them faster.

JUST be sure you tell the tuner what type of rider you are, DO NOT BRAG, and your real weight and your normal riding conditions.

Myself I like Nice suspension that will help my old broken body to stay on the bike,

Good Luck

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