R6 SHOCK CONVERSION
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
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
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
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 !!
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
Got it, dog bones look great as does shock, was there meant to be spacers
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
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.
Neil Stewart sent by email 29 May
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
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
Fitted mine, dog legs spot on, bike feels more planted....good mod to carry out
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.
This was a great upgrade for this bike!
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
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.
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
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.
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
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).
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
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
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
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...
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.
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.
Did mine today.
Due to engineering access went the DIY route, fabbed my own 'dog bones' etc. Shock cost me £95 off ebay but its absolutely brand spanking new, even came in the Ohlins box which its replacement was in
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.
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.
had shock fitted today ....ride home brilliant...no adverse comments from my spanner man he was quite impressed by the mod...nice one Luke
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
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 !
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. Many thanks to Devilsyam for the shock and instruction, mucho happyo
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
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.
yes totally concurr with all other comments..... piece of piss to install (didn't read the instructions).... ride and cornering much improved.... cheers luke.
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.
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? Looks cool as **** too so that MUST be a good thing. 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.
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
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.
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