R6 SHOCK CONVERSION

WHY?

WELL IT'S WELL KNOWN THAT THE STOCK SHOCK IS WELL AT BEST

A BUDGET ITEM, AND NOT THE BEST PERFORMER

WHEN MINE BLEW ITS GUTS OUT ALL OVER THE BACK WHEEL

I STARTED CALLING AROUND THE UK SUSPENSION TUNING

SHOPS FOR THE REBUILD PRICES

I WASN'T IMPRESSED

I WAS LOOKING AT THE THICK END OF £250 WITH THE POSTAGE BACK AND FORTH

ALSO ALL THE COMPANIES I SPOKE TO, RECOMMENDED A SPRING UPGRADE A

FURTHER £100

SO IN TYPICAL DEVILSYAM STYLE TIME TO RE-EVENT THE WHEEL

SCANNING IMAGES ON GOOGLE LET ME TO A ZX9R SHOCK

WHICH I TRIED (AS I HAD ONE IN THE GARAGE) BUT IT FOULED ON THE BATTERY X-MEMBER

FURTHER VIEWING LED TO THE R6 SHOCK

TAKING A CHANCE I BOUGHT ONE FROM EBAY AND SET ABOUT TRYING TO SEE

IF IT WOULD FIT,

WELL WITH A BIT OF FIDDLING AND SOME NEW DOG BONES BINGO TOP RESULT

SO THE PLUSES ARE

The R6 unit has both high/low compression damping, rebound damping, and of course spring preload adjustment.

 The spring rate is around 625 pounds, which is much better than the 450 pound rate of the gen.1 o.e.m. unit.

 The R6 shock is three pounds lighter than the gen.1, o.e.m. unit as made of alloy not steel

the r6 unit is 5mm shorter and this is why new dogbones are

required to correct the ride height

a small mod to the top mount and a pair of spacers are

required and that's it

HANDLING IS MUCH MORE PLANTED, AND NO LONGER RUNS WIDE ON TURN EXISTS

NOW I'M NOT SAYING IT'S BETTER THAN OHLIN'S, PENSKE OR THE TUNING

SHOP REBUILDS, BUT IT IS A CHEAPER EFFECTIVE OPTION

SEE THE FEEDBACK AT BOTTOM OF PAGE

 

 

here I have fitted adjustable dog bones

 so I can play with the ride height

 

 

 

 

POWDER COATED BLACK STEEL BONES

 

below is the feedback received from the people

who used the above in a kit from from me

James 05 April 2015

This is so cool.
 
I didnít want to reply before I had a chance to really try it out. I am amazed at how much I had changed my style to accommodate the failing rear end of my bike.
 
Having fitted your shock, excellent instructions by the way, and ridden it for a few months I can honestly say that it has transformed my bike and my riding. I have been able to almost remove the Ďunriddení rings on my rear tyre in spite of the wet cold weather. I have loads of confidence in the front end now that the back end is solid. You have set the shock up perfectly.
 
I appreciate you taking the time to chat with me about it and I apologise for being sceptical. Sometimes things ainít too good to be true; they just are (true).
 
Thank you Luke. Keep up the good work. If you need any one to vouch for you call me!
 
Best regards
James

fazerblue  04 April 2015

so all those who have not done the rear shock mod would see this thanks to Devilsyam we have been introduced to the R6 rear shock which is better than i could have imagined before the mode i had trouble keeping up with all my mates bikes on bends etc.. but know its the other way round i cannot believe what a difference this has made and want to share it with everyone who has not done this mod yetJKay  11 October 2014

R6 Shock all fitted as per the simply instructions and the difference on a brief ride this morning are amazing
the whole bike feels new and a very different ride from stock , the bike feels like its better connected to the road 
no sagging at the rear and the bike turns in to a corner a lot better and inspires confidence whilst holding a line
All in all a bargain and a must do mod for the gen 1 fazer 1000 

MrGimly  27th March 2015

I thought the standard shock was ok a bit bouncy but now the R6 conversion it,s sooo much better handles bumps better and has less squat under accerelation and reminds me I need new tyres a big thanks to Devilsyam for the doglegs and the gumption to make a non standard shock fit !! :lol
 

Pots  09 August 2014

Received my Shock and fitted today ! Been on a short ride today and the bike feels a lot firmer , in fact its made the front feel a little sloppy now so a few adjustments to do ! pleased with the results so far .

 Thanks Luke for a fast turn around

boorat  10 July 2014

Thanks for the dogbone kit luke fitted last night and used the settings supplied and WOW its transformed the bike

... definetly worth the upgrade for anyone thinking about it.. thanks again

RJJ  15 May 2014

Just to say a BIG thank you to Luke.
Can't believe how much difference this make to the ride of the bike.
Now much more confident in the wet.
I did a straight bank transfer to save a few pounds, which I was a bit worried about but needn't have.

His communications were excellent .

The top space washers had come unglued in the post, so a little of fiddling required to fit,  other than that a straight forward bolt on mod.


Many thanks

One Happy customer
 

russ 24th april 2014

Just fitted r6  shock supplied by Luke, which was all set up by him for me, just had to fit the shock, then put front settings back to standard, all sorted, handling in now spot on, and not toooo much cash spentthanks for being so helpful Luke

cbx63 13th april 2014

Took mine out today for the first time today after fitting the shock. F--- ME what a difference was two up me and our lass are no light weights but the bike felt like we'd lost a few stone compared to stock.
If your dithering about wondering if you should or shouldn't do this mod just do it , you wont regret it.

Thanks Luke

Camshaft (another Aussie) 17th December 2013

Another success story with the R6 shock upgrade. Fitted mine today.
Its light years ahead of the std shock (mine with heavier spring fitted), and like someone else on this site mentioned the rebound was all or nothing, mine was all and crashing over bumps having to put up with it so she wouldn't wallow around and want to run wide.
Bumps are now properly absorbed and the steering is far better. The bike fells lighter to ride, drops into corners more willingly and much more confidence inspiring.
Sent Monday courier attempted del Friday to OZ but no one home cause didn't expect it that quickly so redirected to work.
I'm not the best at wheelies but tried a couple of small clutch ups in 1st and the bikes front wheel comes up much easier  :lol

Thanks for the kit Devilsyam, clear photo instructions included made it a straight forward job.

Captain Haddock  11 December 2013

Got it, dog bones look great as does shock, was there meant to be spacers with it?
A job for xmas holidays now....  :)

Edit: Doh! Just spotted the spacers are stuck on the bush....

Rory Munro 24th Oct 2013

Hi Luke, received kit last Friday, fitted it and have done a few hundred miles now. Just what was needed......front and rear suspension now works together Instead of against each other

bike holds a line and is generally much better. Cheers mate, money very well spent. Rory.

Davie G  7th Oct 2013

Hi there Luke, just to let you know, i Received the shock last wk, and got it fitted without any problems at the wk end, and think I noticed a difference straight away, although it was only a short run round to my lock up

djhep6  17th July 2013

Hi Luke.....
New shock received some time ago and now eventually fitted.
Had a blast out yesterday, and the improvement is very noticable, especially on long fast bumpy corners.
All in all well pleased.

Thanks and all the best.

Dave.

Neil Stewart sent by email 29 May 2013

Hi Luke,took my bike out today with new shock on and forks set to your recommended setting - handling now great, precise and no more rebound hitting me up the arse. A big thanks for your help. Neil

nickodemon 13 April 2013

just back from a very fast blast on my new suspended r6 shock and new tyres. First impressions are the bike feels really planted on the road with a nice amount of initial flickability, it also takes really fast sweepers in its stride. I removed the jack up kit and fitted lukes dogbones and lowered the front end. The bike sits slightly lower to the ground, which makes it easier to move around also. A very big thumbs up for the r6 shock mod

Tilts 13 March 2013

Fitted mine, dog legs spot on, bike feels more planted....good mod to carry out

Hi Luke,

Adam Eng  25th Sept 2012

Went for a test ride yesterday and I'm really impressed by the behaviour of the bike. Much more controlled over bumps and steering is also faster. But best of all is the fact that it does power wheelies in 1st and 2nd without nothing more then just a twist on the throttle. :D
This was a great upgrade for this bike!

 
Jase(Wrexham) 04 Aug 2012

ere bud, I fitted the R6 shock today and fitting was fairly straight forward as per instructions said, test ride was well what can i say? AWESOME!!!!! bike has been totally transformed, the rear does no longer squat under giving it some gas :-) and the bike no longer runs wide on  

a bends as before, also bike does not wallow on cornering. you are a very gifted man!
Thank you for your help and knowledge in coming up with a cure to the handling issue on the Fazer (at a fraction of the cost in buying a new one!) I have had my Fazer 5yrs this November and i have never been happier with it than i was today when i took it out for a test ride!
Oh and the 'dog bones' are the dogs bollocks too! I sat there for half an hour trying to decide whether to fit em or not as they look that good! LOL

yoshiwolves 23 July 2012

fitted my recently bought shock conversion from luke over the weekend, bike now handles a lot better and feels more composed, all in all a very worthwhile mod for the price of a decent set of tyres

 

allanmac 25 May 2012

Fitted shock today gave the bearings a grease and stuck it back together all done in about 40 minutes. Took the bike for a spin and cant believe how much better it is than with the stock shock fitted looks fantastic in yellow with the nice shiny dog bones.
Cheers Allan

 

jackojet  03 May 2012

fitted the lovely lickable R6 shock and polished bones yesty morn , only took less than an hr to fit and that was cos i had to refer to haynes manual for torque settings .
just to get you up to speed , i run standard front forks with 15mm thru the yokes and the forks still on original gloop oil in.
i went for a test ride , finding smooth tarmac to uneven crap roads.
 
first findings the bike now holds a line the rear firm but forgiving , the front forks now talk to me thru the bends , i now feel planted and can feel the front tyre. there is no see-saw action anymore. the ride is smooth on a little overbanding on uneven surfaces coming from the front end.
 
give it the full monty berries the bike is stable and feels alive with the tuning Mike did.
 
the shock is night and day and made me realise how shite the standard shock is. Luke set the shock for my weight around 11 stone , i have left the setting as they are. the bike is balanced , all it needs i think is a oil change in the forks .
 
 i cant stress how good the R6 mod is and the bike feels comfortable, taut and no understeer on sweeping bends . Its FANTASTIC! :D
 
Cheers Luke you are a Star! the best dollar i have spent on all the mods my bike has

 

1967fazer 17/03/2012

Just do it

So finally got my bike back together, with new R6 shock (courtesy of Devilsyam) and chain and sprockets. Gotta say, though I've only ridden it in traffic around town, the improvement in handling is immediately obvious. The ride feels firmer without being harsh and choppy, it turns in easier and, for me, gives it a better, more front biased riding position. So good news so far, I'm planning on getting out in the countryside this weekend so it should give me a better idea of how much of an improvement the shock gives. If anyone's thinking about upgrading the rear suspension on their bike, give Devilsyam a shout on here, before looking at other more expensive upgrades. The shock kit comes ready to fit, its a straight swap and the finish, very professional

 

Ghoti  04/03/2012

Actually got mine fitted yesterday.

It has all been said before how good it is. Love it.

As suggested by Luke, the shorter dog bones are not needed. I had a jack-up kit on, and the bike still turns as sharp as before, but with more stability too.
It helps the front end too, but I'm going the attack that soon, also mentioned by Luke.
Setting is spot on solo.

Thanks Luke. Another recommendation.

 

Flip  21/01/2012

This feels SOOO much lighter - once moving at any speed it feels like 10 kilos has been lopped off, not the 1 kilo difference between the two shocks!  She also felt much more willing in the corners, catching me out with her eagerness to bend over :)  So, I topped up her kangaroo juice, and went off on the hunt for some nice roads to play with.  Once "pressing on" a touch more, the bumpy potholed roads didn't upset the bike, she felt a lot more composed and glued to the roads, attacking corners with a new limpet like quality akin to my old CBR6 - it felt great!  Obviously not being a riding God I cannot give quantifiable evidence, but I was attacking corners more quicker, with absolutely no dramas - and both bike and rider felt a lot more comfortable and confident.  The upgraded ability of the back end seems to compliment the front end too, and that is much improved.


We then had to stop for a set of lights on a dual carriageway - and I wobbled up to the front, around the shiny metal bollards.  The lights changed and off we set - much like a scalded cat.  The difference in acceleration behaviour is quite something, gone is the feeling the back end is attached to a pogo stick!  The only motion is forwards, and its quite intoxicating!  I then attacked a fast dual carriageway section at a fairly unreasonable pace and the increased high speed cornering stability is quite apparent, again very confidence building.


Then back to home down slower twisties that I knew well, of course now I was happy and warm, as was my steed, so we "made progress" quite significantly here too.  She does now seem to have much more of a tendency to lighten the front wheel and shake her head when pushing hard out of corners, also hitting the odd crest in the road did see the front wheel lifting here and there - not wheelies or anything (I still can't do them) but definitely much more eager to lift an inch or two off the road and make you look like a hero.  There is absolutely no drama from the back end, just happiness and compliance with your every whim.


So in summary (if you are still with me) a VERY worthy upgrade, making your bike feel much keener, more planted and giving you much more confidence - There are no downsides it seems.  If you have some spare pennies - go buy an R6 shock kit from Devilsyam and get it on there - you won't be disappointed.  I've fallen in love with my bike all over again - certainly rekindled "the spark".  My next job is to remove the AIS facehugger, and see what removing a bit more weight does for us!

 

FZSPattaya 17/2/2012

Luke,
Just to let you know that it is now fitted and feels like a new bike. I am a complete moron with mechanics but managed so it's not a difficult conversion.
A separate thread on this site mentioned wheelies - with the new shock it no longer squats under hard acceleration and gets the front end nicely light. Next step? Learning to get the front wheel up on demand and keep it up.
In the unlikely event that I ever find another Fazer owner in Thailand

 

Falcon 269

Another vote for Luke's R6 shock option.  He supplies virtually zero mileage shock 'cos he's in bed with virtually R6 race team in the country.  Well, not literally you understand The R6 shock is more adjustable than the basic Nitron unit and about 2/3 the price.  I've been impressed with the brief test ride I've had since fitting one to my Fazer.

 

Kosmic Kartman  23/01/2012

Initially I would say the bike is transformed and it's certainly way better than the stock shock in terms of feedback and grip I can't comment on what it's like with the standard forks but I'm sure it'll be an improvement. Next time out I'll do a longer solo run and maybe change some settings. I also need to have another go at adjusting the sag.

Original shock 5/10
Ohlins spring shock 7/10 (could be 8/10 for heavier rider).
R6 shock 9/10 (only because I've not set it up how I like it yet. Could be 10/10 once sorted).

 

Philk  15/01/2012

First off, thanks for Luke for getting the shock n bones to me, Very happy with the result and a huge saving over what i originaly thought i would be paying!
Fitting.... very easy, about an hour an half taking extra care with cleaning, regreasing and torquing.
Next.... the usual comment... didn't realise just how bad the old shock was....but you all knew i was going to say that ;)

so doe's it do all the things a shock should do better?  ....... Oh yes!

Is the bike better in the corners?  ..... Oh yes!

2 Positives i didn't expect. The first is power delivery. Twisting the throttle now sees instant power transfer to the back wheel instead of the back end taking a squat. The whole setup feels a lot crisper :evil

Secondly all the free play in the rear suspension has gone :\ Spent ages last year reading up on this problem and a few attempts at backing off and retorquing to finaly reduce the free play to enough for an MOT advisory rather than a fail.

A Highly recommended upgrade

 

Silverdream

Devilsyam..... you the man...!!!
AWESOME is the only word.....
A well packaged box turned up today.... WAHOO... a spanky shiney R6 shock.. shiney shiney polished dogbones

You will not be disappointed at the service, cost and quality of Lukes work mate...

He is the dogs nads when it comes to shocks... my R6 shock from him is perfect... and you are right .. i looked around at the alternatives first... and have not regretted my decision to go with DEVILSYAM shock and bones.... its so simple.. arrives all machined and ready to slot in with some handy instructions... took best part of an hour but i was also cleaning a load of stuff in there that you cannot usuallly get too...

 

MICMAT.fazer1000

I  expect many of you have seen the post  for the R6 Shock Upgrade, well if any of you fancy upgrading the rear shock on the Fazer 1000 Gen 1 i would certainly recommend it. I purchased the "kit" from Devilsyam (Luke) and was very impressed the R6 shock looked as new,it came already to bolt straight on and fitted  a treat. Now the most important bit it transformed the handling and soaks up the lumps and bumps on are wonderful roads!It  definitely is worth considering  when you think how much it costs to buy a new shock  or having yours refurbished.
 Have a look in the for sale section if you want to contact Devilsyam.         Cheers Luke for putting these "kits" together.smiley: smokin

 

fireblake.fazer1000

I went for a 120 mile ride yesterday and have to say it's fantastic. I never knew how bad my old shock was, it had nearly 20,000 miles on it and was dreadful. I took my son on the back for 20 miles on the motorway and that felt great too, without any adjustments to what Luke had set it. Very happy.

 

pilgrim

Did mine today.
Due to engineering access went the DIY route, fabbed my own 'dog bones' etc. Shock cost me £95 off ebaysmiley: tired but its absolutely brand spanking new, even came in the Ohlins box which its replacement was insmiley: happy

Have to say that I am gobsmacked by the difference, never realised how buggered my old one was.

A tentative short ride out (20 miles or so) was a complete joy in comparison to how it used to be. Not exactly spot on yet, but a vast improvement. Could probably do with some base settings to work from, nudge nudge wink wink say no more! ( 14 and a half stone in full kit)

Luke, you are a bloody genius, and I am well tipping my hat in your direction for an excellent upgrade at a bargain price.
I, also, owe you at least one beer for this.

P.S. I now have some shorter dog bones for sale to raise the standard rear ride height by 25mm for anyone who is not doing this mod. PM me if you are interested, 10 quid inc p&p. Will put in For sale and wanted also, and if no takers, they are going on Fleabag.

 

tex.fazer1000
Put the r6 shock on today, and i can confirm its a good mod, Peace of piss to do, took 2 hours, road it to work tonight and its a hell of a lot better than my old standered fazer shock, highly recommended, thanks again luke.smiley: wink

eddie

had shock fitted today ....ride home brilliant...no adverse comments from my spanner man he was quite impressed by the mod...nice one Luke

ditchford

fitted R6 shock on Sunday on my 04 gen1 with 12k on the clock, got shock off ebay and the dogbones from Luke ,set shock up as per Lukes advice
the result is a massive improvement over the std shock !
cornering is much better it dont run wide anymore feels tighter more responsive, used to scrape boots and pegs often but didnt today .
bike feel so much better now you dont realize how crap the std shock is until you fit a R6 one !!!
maybe a posh shock (ohlins etc) would be even better but i doubt if most owners could tell the difference, dont think i could !

Thanks Luke smiley: happysmiley: happysmiley: happy

keithfzs1000.fazer1000

Nice shiny R6 shock received 8.30am this morning, begged neighbour to use his drive (rather than front street lol) all on no bother and been out for a nice tootle, sems to have raised back end slightly (is it supposed to or was my shock that shit it sagged lol)  but my god what a difference to ride. smiley: happy Many thanks to Devilsyam for the shock and instruction, smiley: smilemucho happyo smiley: roll

 

Hi Luke,

R6 shock arrived thanks, in great nick and the polished bones look the mutts nuts !Donít know whether to install it or fix it on the wall and stare at it

samsung

Took the bike out today to scrub the new rear tyre in and road test the new shock. Excellent bit of kit, I did'nt realise how knackered the old shock was. No more bouncing out of bends. The bike handles brilliantly. Luke set the shock up for my weight and riding style. Money well spent is what i say.Mike ivanised it (slip on) last month, so I'm all set for the summer.smiley: happy

blackcabbie

yes totally concurr with all other comments..... piece of piss to install (didn't read the instructions).... ride and cornering much improved.... cheers luke.

slappy.fazer1000

just fitted my R6 shock upgrade kit and even on a short run the difference is "shocking". My old shock must be well and truly knackered! I am now going to get some k tech springs for the front end so the suspension should be fully sorted.

GrahamB.fazer1000

I am no suspension expert but my bike no longer fires me out of the seat on some of the bigger bumps around by me so that's a good thing yes? smiley: smokin Looks cool as **** too so that MUST be a good thing. smiley: happy I spent an hour fitting my shock but that also included cleaning everything that came off, removing surface rust from 1 of the shoulder bolts, making/drinking a coffee, greasing everything up & putting it all back together.. .   in that order. smiley: happy

scoobie paws

all fitted and have to say feeling great.
Took the bike on a run from fife to lochearnhead to fort william to aviemore to dunkeld to perth and then home. 300 miles is a fair way to test a shock methinks and after a couple of wee tweeks it feels superb

many thanks Luke I bow to your mechanical excellence smiley: wink

Rafer 21/11/11

Just an update to my R6 shock mod. Up early yesterday and went on a long spin 200 miles ,A and B roads. I set front suspension back to standard settings as per Devilsyam's suggestion. The only way to describe how the bike felt is surefooted and planted.First 100 miles were dry and the bike went where I pointed it,tracked the road lovely. I'm no racer but at the same time I like to press on, at no time did the bike wallow or weave as it would with the old unit. I have Pilot road 3's on the bike and coupled with the R6 shock , the 2nd 100 miles were  bliss. I don't mind driving in the rain and I am already impressed with the P R 3s, the R6 just  improved the feeling in the wet, I have never felt so surefooted in the rain. A big thank you to Luke (Devilsyam) for all the work on the shock project and supplying it and the stainless dogbones. As Mods go this one is a lot of bang for your bucks.
Rafer    :D

 

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