bobbybob Posted November 11, 2007 Share Posted November 11, 2007 My OEM standard shocks had 9K miles and were starting to detract from the fun. Limecreek's excellent Ohlins installation write-up inspired me to attempt the rear Ohlins install on my 07 R12RT. However, I ran into an unexpected glitch: when I started to unscrew the lower shock mounting bolt (that is threaded into the swingarm) I got about 2 rotations before it refused to turn any further. The 50mm torx bit was hopping in & out of the slot and I was in danger of buggering the screw head up good. So off to Harbor Freight and bought their $39 electric impact wrench (240 ft-lbs of torque). The first try exploded the torx bit immediately. Luckily I had 2 others of varying quality. Torx #2 held, but it wasn't turning--just making lots of vibrating and noise. I tried screwing it in and back out rapidly and finally it began turning very slowly. After 5 or so slooowww revs it suddenly broke loose and blue powdery stuff came shooting out around the threads. I think Hans & Franz used JB Weld instead of Loctite. The rest of the install went according to Limecreek's plan...except for the fact that I re-tightened all fasteners to Ft-lbs instead of NM's. Something in my feeble brain alerted me to that fact as I climbed into bed at 2AM after the install. First thing this morning, I re-did the almost entire install (this time in 25 mins.) and made sure I read the proper scale on the torque wrench. Fortunately none of the threads were galled. And then I went for a ride: WOO-HOO. What a difference. Composed. Planted. Smooth. Stable. Fast. $180 performance award fast. But he reduced it to 64 in a 55 . Even that little distraction didn't ablate my exuberance. Just....wow. And that was just the rear shock--out of the box, no tuning--and front is next!! I feel like I just bought a brand new bike--it is truly the difference between "just riding" and "flying". Yes, what everyone else already said is true. But now I have discovered it and will immediately start being obnoxious to anyone that doesn't drink the Ohlins Kool-Aid too. But I have a question: between my arthritic thumb and the limited clearance it is difficult to adjust the rear rebound damper settings. Has anyone "invented" some sort of a little wrench-type thingie that fits over the rubber knurled Ohlins damper knob--something to give one a little leverage in turning it, and maybe avoid 3rd degree burns from the exhaust pipe? Link to comment
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