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Ohlins install on my '07

Here I mentined that my Ohlins YA723 just showed up....

see this thread on where to get the shock at:
https://www.sportbikes.net/forums/fz6...sion-porn.html




Just got done slapping it on....

1. remove seat, side covers, and underseat plastic tool tray. Place bike on centerstand and place something suitable (wood block, whatever) under the rear tire so it does not drop when you remove the old shock.
2. remove the old one with common handtools.
3. Following the instructions that come with the shock, install the new one. They supply a bushing that wou will need. Don't forget it!
4. Realize that the tool tray blocks the preload adjustment, so saw off the offending part.
5. route the hose and reservoir up under the seat. DO NOT loosen anything on the hose. Use the rubber strap on the stock tool tray that came with the bike to fasten down the reservoir.
6. stand back and marvel at the beauty and wait for it to get warm outside....
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Sweet! Let us know how it rides.

Where did you find the best deal on that setup?
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Looks awesome. Where did you get the Ohlins shock? It isn't listed on their price sheet. How much was it?

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Looks awesome. Where did you get the Ohlins shock? It isn't listed on their price sheet. How much was it?

E-mail Jason at Department of Suspension and tell him you need a YA723 is you need one for an '07 and up bike. Ohlins did a catlog update in July and I have not found a website yet that has updated any of their lists since July. Your best price will come from him. I paid $690 shipped (basically 15% off retail plus $15 to ship). Don't know if everyone gets that rockin' deal as I had ordered stuff from him before. That price is hard to beat.

as with any website, if you can't find what you are looking for, call them or email them. I have found that very few motorcycle parts websites are on top of updating their available new products......
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Can you not adjust for the pre-load at the reservoir?
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Can you not adjust for the pre-load at the reservoir?

ummmm, no. That reservoir is the adjustment for the compression damping. A remote preload adjuster knob/reservoir would add several hundred more dollers to the price of the shock....

this should help. one with all the bells and whistles would have looked like this:



the thing with the massive black knob is for preload adjustment, the reservoir with the small knob is for compression damping and the black knob at the bottom of the shock is for rebound damping. I saw no need for the remote preload adjuster and it's added cost. 5 minutes with a hacksaw blade solved the access problem and now lets everyone have a full view of the shock....

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E-mail Jason at Department of Suspension and tell him you need a YA723 is you need one for an '07 and up bike. Ohlins did a catlog update in July and I have not found a website yet that has updated any of their lists since July. Your best price will come from him. I paid $690 shipped (basically 15% off retail plus $15 to ship). Don't know if everyone gets that rockin' deal as I had ordered stuff from him before. That price is hard to beat.

as with any website, if you can't find what you are looking for, call them or email them. I have found that very few motorcycle parts websites are on top of updating their available new products......
Awesome!! Thanks Jeff!! It's on my Christmas list!!!

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Please let us know how it is. Suspension is the only thing holding the FZ6 back...

Yea, I thought that was for compression damping, I asked because the wife rides with me, 328 miles today, so I end up changing the preload on the OEM shock maybe every two weeks or so and I hate the idea of hacking away at the tool tray, mine being full of stuff.
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Thanks for the write up and photos Jeff. I added a link to your write up next to the Ohlins listing in the sticky'd "FZ6 Aftermarket Mods" thread.


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any meaningfull suspension review will have to wait untill next year. The stock BT-020's are spent and really don't feel like spending more money yet this year. That and with the weather getting colder means I might ride to work a few more times and tha'ts about it. No more mad thrashes down twisty roads for me this year....
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