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Hi all! :)

I ordered it late last week from Tyga and just got it today - that was fast!



Nice little piece of hardware... like the bike it's made for... tiny tiny cuty!

I'll probably mount it latter this afternoon and let you know how it fares... I'm tired to clench my teeth on bumpy roads. Hopefully this will help a bit... :p

...to be continued...
 

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I'm going to wait for the front internals to come out before I do anything... What I've found is if you do one without the other it just doesn't work like its supposed to... This bike set up soft all the way around and that kind of works now were going to put a stiff/performance rear shock with the soft front its just not going to handle/work correctly in my opinion and I have some regional championships under my belt so I've worked on setting up bikes so if you looking for the bling factor go and get one otherwise I would wait and see what Ohlins comes out with for the front... Your $$$ would be better spent on a pipe and some carbon... Just my 2 cents :scooter:
 

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I'm also going to check with Thermos-Man out of Ga and see now that Ohlins has some specs on this shock size etc if he can make a TTX for the Grom this shock will be more adjustable..
 

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Awesome! Keep us updated on how it feels once you have it on the grom. The Ohlin piece itself looks great. No questions on quality for sure...
 

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Hi all! :)

I ordered it late last week from Tyga and just got it today - that was fast!



Nice little piece of hardware... like the bike it's made for... tiny tiny cuty!

I'll probably mount it latter this afternoon and let you know how it fares... I'm tired to clench my teeth on bumpy roads. Hopefully this will help a bit... :p

...to be continued...
wondering how it feels compare to the other dampers out there. I have heard that ohlin is the best. looking to get one depending on the price though. gonna wait till christmas to treat myself.
 

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Setting up and a few rides later...

Setting up the new shock absorber was not too complicated, although removing the left side of the bike was somewhat tricky. You first have to remove the seat and then remove a number of screws that have been very strongly set and require good tools and a strong hand. In some places it is rather delicate to apply a lot of force without damaging the screw head while avoiding to bend the plastic more then it can withstand... One thing that fortunately was mentioned in the Ohlins instructions is a tiny plastic rivet located at the front, in the black inside curved portion. You have to push the center of the rivet with a nail or a small screwdriver to release it.




That done you have to remove the rear hugger and then you can access the top and bottom parts of the shock absorber. The bottom is not so bad even though you can't really have a plain and direct access to it. The top part is a bit trickier and i was glad to have some help from another pair of hands. Again the factory stuff has been very tightly set and you must be prepared to apply quite some force.
Once the original shock absorber is out of the picture, mounting the Ohlins is rather straightforward and putting things back together goes well. Don't forget the tiny rivet.




This Ohlins has two settings that can be adjusted: the spring preload which is supposed to be 7mm but looks like twice that out of the box, and the compression damping which recommended setting is 12 clicks. I kept things as they were for the first ride and although it did feel better then before i still found it a bit stiff for my little 117lbs. Since then i set the compression damping to 14 clicks and unscrewed the spring preload about 6mm (1/4 inch).

I've only been riding a few days with the new shock absorber, and i'm no expert of any kind on that matter, but i'm quite happy with the change, riding here and there, town, beach and hills - no racing. It is smoother then before, and at least i can play with the settings if i need to ride with a passenger for instance. There is still room for improvement on the front end though. :rolleyes:
 
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