I decided that the front end suspension wasn't really lighting my fire. Apparently, for all the years that the bikes been around, Racetech had never done one. So, I sent the front forks off to Racetech's R&D department. Got the bike back together and took it for some single track riding this past weekend. What a huge improvement with the new springs and gold valves!
On the rear, here's what I found out from WorksPerformance
The OEM spring rate is 410 pounds per inch
The spring is different diameters on the top vs bottom
Travel is 9 inches
Probably the easiest rear shock install we'd had in the house. Take off the seat, side plastic. Drop out top shock bolt, lower shock bolt, and swingarm arm rear bolt. Lower the rear wheel, and the swing arm bolt comes out, and the shock slides down & out.
Initial impressions is that Works was a great company to deal with. Knowledable as Cogent and Fast Bikes and had uber fast shipping! Although it diminutive size compared to the big bike shocks, it's looks well built. And it is completely rebuildable.
The first ride around the playground in the yard was it going to be nice plush ride. The bike does sit a bit higher when I am on it, probably due the slightly stiffer spring rate (425 pounds per inch). Might leave it alone for a bit before I monkey with the preloading.
OEM on left
OEM on right