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2018 shock IS an upgrade for 2015-2017 bikes

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Bigturbomax
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So I silently volunteered myself to be a guinea pig for the benefit of my fellow forum members. I think im the first person to slap the "new" 2018 rear shock on a first generation bike. I would like to get a few things out in the open before I give my thoughts. 1st, ive got just over 10,000 miles on my 2017 with stock suspension. Only change ive made is 10mm additional preload in the front forks-so i feel well qualified to have an opinion on the stock 2017 rear shock. It sucks. It really, really sucks. 2nd, im not a track rider or even really an advanced rider. 3rd, the 2018 shock is not track ready equipment. 4th, im still on the original bt023 tires. 5th, my bike is primarily a commuter. 55 miles daily with a mix of 80mph freeway and rutted chewed up city streets. 

However, ive burned through a couple hundred miles with this new shock and wanted to share my thoughts on this upgrade. Im 205lbs and 5 ft 9 for reference. The 2018 shock is FAR better at bump absorbing, road tracking and generally rear tire stability. I have good rear sag with the shock in the stock 4th click. I did some testing on the rebound adjuster and found for street use it seems to ride best right around the middle.  When i brake hard and fast the nose only tips forward slightly. When i lean into 25mph darts across intersections, my back tire no longer feels like its skipping across the pavement. There are several turns on my way home from work that cross rail road tracks. Ive been hitting those same 40 mph(speed zone) turns at 55mph for almost 2 years now. Those railroad tracks would bump me off the seat and the bike would cycle up and down 2 or 3 times at least and wiggle unstably throught the turn.  I just got used to lifting my bottom off the seat. With the new shock i hit those same turns at the same speed. The rear shock compresses and then pushes back down on the pavement. Doesnt bump me out of the seat and the bike doesnt wiggle while trying to settle itself. Ya know. Like a rear shock is supposed to. The bike feels exponentially more stable in all the corners ive tossed it into since i put the 2018 shock on. I also dont have to stand over the seat for small or even moderate bumps anymore. It tracks better, feels less squirelly in corners and is much more comfortable now. Also noticed it isnt as wiggly on the highway, perticularly when passing large vehicles. 

 

So in conclusion, no its not an ohlins. No its not a ktech or wilbers. But for the $270 they cost new or under $100 they can be found used(rare on ebay but they do come up) its a massive improvement to the whole experience. And unlike the cbr shock it requires no airbox mods. For the price on a street ridden bike id do it again. Please if anyone has any questions im happy to answer them. 

 

TLDR-the 2018 rear shock is way better than the 2015-2017 rear shock and isnt expensive. Worth considering if you want to improve the bike but dont have $500 to buy something nicer and arent planning to hit the track. 

 

 

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zaw
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Nice I have about 4,000 miles on my bike with the stock bt 023 tires and was seriously considering buying a new set of tires because they just did not feel good, but if this shock is that much of an improvement I might just pull the trigger on one of those.

 

edit - I just bought one for $45 on ebay that had 77 miles

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Bigturbomax
54 minutes ago, zaw said:

Nice I have about 4,000 miles on my bike with the stock bt 023 tires and was seriously considering buying a new set of tires because they just did not feel good, but if this shock is that much of an improvement I might just pull the trigger on one of those.

 

edit - I just bought one for $45 on ebay that had 77 miles

Nice! Let me know how you like it once you get it installed. 

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robbo10

The bike should not bounce like it does and I shall consider this mod.  I have a Honda Rebel too - a bike also at the cheaper end of the market - and it behaves really well. 

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Just do it! 

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Major_Tom

I am about to put on a TFX shock on my 2018 XSR if anyone wants the OEM one

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scat2me

Will it fit my 2017 FZ07 ?

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Bigturbomax
7 minutes ago, scat2me said:

Will it fit my 2017 FZ07 ?

Yes. Bolts up just like the original. 

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scat2me

Babbitts shows the 2017 FZ 07 and the 2018 XSR 700 uses the same shock . I thought they would be different.

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Bigturbomax
1 hour ago, scat2me said:

Babbitts shows the 2017 FZ 07 and the 2018 XSR 700 uses the same shock . I thought they would be different.

I didnt notice he said XSR. I am referencing specifocally the 2018 MT07 shock with rebound adjuster. 

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Major_Tom
4 minutes ago, Bigturbomax said:

I didnt notice he said XSR. I am referencing specifocally the 2018 MT07 shock with rebound adjuster. 

 

1 hour ago, scat2me said:

Babbitts shows the 2017 FZ 07 and the 2018 XSR 700 uses the same shock . I thought they would be different.

Oh I thought the XSR also got the upgraded shock, didn't realize the new mt's got a rebound adjuster. Ah well, offer stands

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Beemer

I never adjusted mine from day 1 and haven't had any "major" problems with mine although I should adjust it for a little more stiffness. If I ever go to buy a new rear shock I will most definitely consider this option, thanks for being a guinea pig and posting this, lol! 

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robbo10

In the UK, ithe'18 costs £350 + fitting. Only another £150 for the Ohlins listed by Yamaha....... 

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Just do it! 

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scat2me
20 hours ago, Major_Tom said:

 

Oh I thought the XSR also got the upgraded shock, didn't realize the new mt's got a rebound adjuster. Ah well, offer stands

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Bigturbomax
2 hours ago, robbo10 said:

In the UK, ithe'18 costs £350 + fitting. Only another £150 for the Ohlins listed by Yamaha....... 

Dang. I had no idea it was that expensive in the UK. In the US it's $274 for the '18 shock and Ohlins is $600. So it makes more fiscal sense here. But it sounds like in your position Ohlins is obviously superior for a small difference in price. 

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Grip it & Rip it

Thanks for being a guinea pig. Might have to do this.

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Bigturbomax

UPDATE-im still happy i tried out this shock.

Ive played a little with the rebound adjuster and found for my weight and riding about 2/3rds to max rebound is about the sweet spot. Ive got about 500 miles on the new shock now. I feel way more in control of the bike now with the reduction in bounciness. Now im even more keen to test out some budget improvements for the front end. Ive actually knocked about 3/8ths inch off my chicken strips on both sides of the rear tire since i put this shock on. Im just not as spooked about really leaning it over now. 

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robbo10

Yamaha made some changes to the front end with the 18 as well. Maybe there is something there for you. It is supposed to be stiffer, more "sporty". 


Just do it! 

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