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I fitted my new Nitron Rear Shock yesterday afternoon, It was set up for my weight etc, So after fitting which took 1 1/2 hrs from setting the bike up on my paddock stand to putting all the tools away, I left it set how it came,

I did measure the sag just to make sure and it came out at 35 mm which according to the manual supplied with the shock is about right, I also measured the length of the shock just to make sure they were both the same, They were,

So , about 7 am this morning I ventured out on one of the two routes out of my village, the road has to be one of the worst tarmac/ pot holed roads in the area, seems like my brain jumps about in my skull when riding the Scrambler,

WELL ! Not any more :D I still get bad feed back from the front forks, but that will be sorted shortly,

I did the same 3 mile stretch there and back 4 times, the second 2 after a 70 mile run out on one of my favourite routes, I did one run accelerating so it unloaded the front forks, then at slow speed, I really can't believe how much better the bike is with just the rear sorted,
I didn't feel the need to alter the rebound damping, Maybe when the front forks are modified with the new cartridges it may need tweaking,
I managed to find all the ruts and holes on my run :rolleyes: and not once did the rear end become uncomfortable,

To be continued

 

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I used a paddock stand and a trolly jack to support the bike while removing and refitting , You need to be able to jack the bike under the rear part of the engine to remove it,
The bottom bolt can be a little difficult to get back in ,you just have to jack it up more to give some room,

I put the bottom eye in first, Its a bearing with side plates and "O" rings it needed to be compressed a little so I used a toolmakers clamp and it then slid in just fine,

 

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The top fixing is a proper machined "U" bracket, with an alloy spacer that just slid into place, everything lined up perfectly, as it should, ;)

There are stainless steel inserts for the bolt to tighten up on,and a high tensile bolt supplied with the kit

 

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Great stuff! I'm going for a aftermarket rear shock too after reading this post but don't know which one yet.

Only one remark, I do not like the color combination of bike and shock, just doesn't fit at all but that's my opinion ofc . The nitron shock doesn't fit with any of the scrambler models for that fact. It's a shame they don't offer a more neutral color combination to fit the bike. They would sell more if they would do so.

Anyway. Nice upgrade and job well done! I would not be able to do it myself.
 

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My original shock was not in the best of health :( pretty depressing really after only 1,400 miles,

It was not in alignment and the rubber silentablok bush was cracking up, not something we'd notice normally, :rolleyes:

So this needs checking out from time to time if you stay on standard rear shock :(

 

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Hi Chris I agree, but it's there (Nitron) corporate colour, ;)

So in the future I'll get it powder coated in Yellow, :)
 

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That's made my mind up too. I'll be giving Nitron a call tomorrow to order one.
I plan to fit an R&G Neoprone cover over my shock anyway so I wouldn't be worried if it was pink and green!
 

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That's made my mind up too. I'll be giving Nitron a call tomorrow to order one.
I plan to fit an R&G Neoprone cover over my shock anyway so I wouldn't be worried if it was pink and green!
Didn't think of that! Indeed a good idea!
 

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EL VISTO,

Great write up and photos, thank you, sounds like it works well, I'm envious. If they would post to Aus I'd order one today.
The colour is not ideal but I'd be a lot happier with the concern over spring colour than the concern over a poor performing shock absorber.

Would you mind telling us how much it cost?

The top mount bolt seems to stick out a bit more than the original, do you notice it when riding? I guess the trick there is to buy a button headed cap bolt.

The damage to the original eye bushing is poor, that was only going to get worse. I wonder how wide spread that's going to be.
 

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I paid £408-68 inc vat and p&p ,

If they won't post to OZ have it delivered to me and I'll post to you, :rolleyes:

It does stick out a touch more being a cap head, I'll source a different bolt soon it needs to be a better quality bolt, like a high tensile equiv, but i don't notice it,
My fork cartridges may be in the end of next week :)
 

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If they won't post to OZ have it delivered to me and I'll post to you
That's a great offer, thank you, I will talk to the Oz importer today to check his price, with your VAT at 20%, I think, and our GST at only 10% just maybe the local price won't be too bad.

Your 408 GBP is roughly 800 AUD, Royal Mail are looking for about 80 GBP, so all up I've got about 960 AUD to play with as a comparison.

Either way I'll be ordering one today.

I'll let you know and thanks again
 

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Your 408 GBP is roughly 800 AUD, Royal Mail are looking for about 80 GBP, so all up I've got about 960 AUD to play with as a comparison.
Ideally, you'll want Nitron to ship it to you directly as then you will not need to pay UK VAT, that would make the shock only £340.00, also they could ship with UPS for around £50.00 which would be cheaper, and easier to track than Royal Mail. See - www.interparcel.com
 

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Thanks Joe, I appreciate the help.

I tried that with Nitron but got passed on to the local importer, I can't really see any way to get it without the VAT.

The 390 GBP (haven't got a pound symbol on Oz keyboard) is roughly $780, I've rung the local importer, as it turns out a very helpful fellow.
In a nutshell, he'll supply it for $885 in about two weeks, not ideal but not too bad. It's now on order.

We had a good discussion about the differences between the Nitron and Ohlins, he sells both and at a very similar in price.

Interesting regarding the fork cartridges, he's telling me about $1,500, however he can revalve and add an anti dive circuit for $520, I'll try the shock first and think a bit longer about the forks
 

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OK! Great result Smifff, , pleased you got it sorted, :)

I've ordered the Ohlins fork cartridges, Nitron told me it could be 12 months before they did anything for the front forks, I should get them in a couple of weeks time hopefully :rolleyes:
 

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Nitron are going to be offering a metallic titanium coloured spring very soon also titanium coloured spring platform and collets. You can also have a black spring if the turquoise doesn't match your nail varnish!!! :rolleyes:
 

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Update,

Shock has now gone from two weeks to three and the price has gone up from original estimate due to the top mount.

I asked about the new colours, apparently they're doing the race shocks first, only change available on the R1 at the moment is a black spring, I've ordered that.

Should now be here in a couple of weeks.
 

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OK! Perhaps they didn't make a batch of brackets when they made mine, that could be why it's 3 weeks delivery time now, ;) But believe me It's worth the wait,

Littleowl (Gill) had a test ride on my bike yesterday, we just swapped her seat over, she was impressed enough to order one yesterday when she got home,

Gill mentioned it had gone up in price:rolleyes: but you can get a black spring now:(
In all fairness Alex did ring me to explain they had decided to do other colours :cool:
 
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