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Most of the info out on the threads I've seen so far, while helpful, all seem dated.

Looking for current suggestions on A) adjusting and/or modifying the front and rear suspension on a budget (without a huge expense of both time and dollars) and B) what about going the more expensive route (swapping front ends, etc.)

Need updated info, please. Suggestions? Thoughts?
 

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09 bikes are the same as 04 suspension wise. The only difference is the frame color, and you have 2 more spark plugs.
except the OP might have ABS, which may complicate a shock swap

budget suspension mods:

front: Sonic Springs for your weight, fork oil, set sag
rear: OEM shock from another bike, go for spring rate for your weight, length at least as long as stock, ABS controller interferes with reservoirs

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet...jg2MTcwS2swVFF0TU5UX3c&authkey=COvG24gH#gid=1
 

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Yeah I think the ABS box is just underneath the seat near the rear shock. The trade off for an extra safety device. What is it that we use again, ZX-10 shocks in the rear?
 

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See - http://www.svrider.com/forum/showthread.php?t=115822&highlight=abs+shock+swap. His approach requires a slight bend of the lines coming out of the ABS control unit to clear the shock's reservoir. I was afraid of damaging my ABS lines, so I went with an internal reservoir Ohlins unit from Sport Bike Track Gear - http://stores.sportbiketrackgear.com/Detail.bok?no=9394. Price is relatively cheap for a new shock, shock fluid and gas are kept separate and it is a direct bolt-in requiring NO mods. Very happy w/the results. Bike feels nicely planted.
For the front forks, go to Sonic Springs and select springs for your weight/riding style or contact Blair at Sonic Springs and he can tell you what you need. Great guy.
 

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See - http://www.svrider.com/forum/showthread.php?t=115822&highlight=abs+shock+swap. His approach requires a slight bend of the lines coming out of the ABS control unit to clear the shock's reservoir. I was afraid of damaging my ABS lines, so I went with an internal reservoir Ohlins unit from Sport Bike Track Gear - http://stores.sportbiketrackgear.com/Detail.bok?no=9394. Price is relatively cheap for a new shock, shock fluid and gas are kept separate and it is a direct bolt-in requiring NO mods. Very happy w/the results. Bike feels nicely planted.
For the front forks, go to Sonic Springs and select springs for your weight/riding style or contact Blair at Sonic Springs and he can tell you what you need. Great guy.
that is a fantastic price for an ohlins. did i read correctly? $534?
 

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neimis - Thanks for correcting my error. No offense meant to Rich or Blair, just got confused and didn't check myself before posting.
onecartel - Yes, it is an older model shock, but it was state-of-the-art not too long ago. I got it because it was direct bolt-in w/o any worries of me damaging my ABS lines trying to fit an external reservoir shock. It's not as adjustable, but meets my needs. Similar shock from other vendors reportedly do not have the internal floating piston to separate the nitrogen pressurizing gas from the shock fluid.
 
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