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Re: 2019 Damper Rods In Pre-2018
« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2019, 02:51:58 AM »
Sooooo how did this turn out ?
Parts are very cheap I might go the same route if is a decent improvement. Looking forward to your opinion after riding it for a bit.

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Re: 2019 Damper Rods In Pre-2018
« Reply #11 on: August 13, 2019, 11:25:36 PM »
One thing I would point out is that the compression and rebound holes in the 2019 rods are significantly smaller than the previous model. The damping will be greater ( and possibility for lock greater at higher fluid velocities) in the 19's even though they have more travel and therefore need slightly softer springs. Now admittedly the stock early rods have really BAD damping and an aweful spring rate, so it may be an improvement, but I am pointing it out as something to consider when tuning your damping.
Honestly I think the RR way is probably better, even with higher unsprung weight of the full length springs and much heavier damper rods. RR and their suspension partner seem to have done really classy job on the front stuff. Suspension is ALWAYS worth spending money on.

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Re: 2019 Damper Rods In Pre-2018
« Reply #12 on: August 16, 2019, 03:24:23 AM »
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Sooooo how did this turn out ?
Parts are very cheap I might go the same route if is a decent improvement. Looking forward to your opinion after riding it for a bit.

A couple of days after installing the 2019 springs, dampers, and a cheap set preload caps, I set out on a 3K+ mile trip which included the Colorado BDR.

https://ridebdr.com/cobdr/

I must say that I was really impressed with how the suspension performed both on road and off. With the 2015 suspension, I always found myself bracing for the impact anytime I encountered a bump, rock, or obstacle in the road. But with the 2019 components, the suspension soaked up everything I threw at it. I recall plowing threw a set of baby heads on one pass almost like I was riding my enduro or mx bike.

In summary, I spent a little less than $100 US upgrading the suspension on my CB500X (front: springs, dampers, prelaod caps, oil; rear: GSXR750 shock). The best money I have spent in a long time on a bike. Before upgrading to the RR components, I would spend the $100 first to see if this meets your needs. If not, no harm. As I'm sure someone would gladly take a full suspension upgrade off your hands for less than $100  :002:.





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Re: 2019 Damper Rods In Pre-2018
« Reply #13 on: August 16, 2019, 03:33:40 AM »
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Fantastic !
I have never taken forks apart, do you have to take the forks completely apart or can you remove the spring and damper without removing the forks from the bike and install the 2019 stuff ???   (I already have the cheapo preload adjusters)
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