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Hi all,

Was considering the FKS501 cartridges with springs and the SB Double adjustable shock or possibly the Öhlins DU 505 for rear.

Would love to hear from any riders running this set up.

My question is - Will 2K in upgrades provide a real & significant improvement over the stock suspension?

Thanks
 

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The scrambler suspension is crap anything half decent is better. Don’t know about the mods you suggest but would guess yes it must be better.
When I had an 800 I had a Nitron rear and Maxton front and it totally transformed the bike.
 

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Thanks Gasman. It’s a lot of coin, I’m willing to fork it over (pun intended) if it’s substantially better than the back crackers I have now.
 

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The set up I had was only budget say about £425 rear and £300 front but made the bike sooo much better and a lot nicer to ride IMO.
 

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I have Andreani fork internals and a rear M Shock. Total cost fitted and suspension set up about £900. Worth every penny, bike totally transformed with big improvement in comfort and handling. This bike is a keeper so do not mind spending to improve on it
 

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I added the Andreani fork kit and the Ohlins Rear and Sargent Seat - all worth the money... or swap it and buy an 1100 - then all issues are solved from factory.
 

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I got an Ohlins on the rear and it's wonderful. I haven't yet to change the front. I guess I didn't need to. Just the rear is good enough. I put them on myself, very easy.
 

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Ohlins front and rear. Worth every frigging penny. Worth twice the pennies. Members of my tribe venerate those Ohlins fellows as gods.

Decent cartridges front (I'm not sure I want to know what an 'indecent cartridge' might be :) ) and a for-real shock in back transform the bike into the one you always wanted to buy.
 

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Absolutely worth it, it's like getting a new bike. Just tinkering with different set ups and experimenting is a new hobby in itself.
 

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Ohlins rear for me with a custom seat and it did wonders. I'm sure the fronts will make it even better but I'm very happy with my setup.

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Hi all,

Was considering the FKS501 cartridges with springs and the SB Double adjustable shock or possibly the Öhlins DU 505 for rear.

Would love to hear from any riders running this set up.

My question is - Will 2K in upgrades provide a real & significant improvement over the stock suspension?

Thanks
I fitted an M-Shock rear strut and it made a big improvement in handling, especially with damping. It's a quality product and Mike Capon, the firm's director, is really helpful.
My Scrambler Icon is a 2015 model.

Cheers
Pete W
 

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I fitted a Hyperpro Street Box.
Very happy with the rear shock but the front chatters over the small stuff. Helped by letting 2-3 psi out of the front tyre.
 

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The entry level Ohlins on the rear is just fine but keep in mind that it has to be adjusted properly and despite what info you give when placing the order, it really doesn't come adjusted properly. That being said, when your new rear shock from whichever company comes, youtube Dave Moss and learn from him with how to adjust your rear shock. Depending on what your riding needs are, it may also be enough to just drop your front forks to 6-8 mm instead of spending money for cartridges/install fees. If you do upgrade the front, go with full cartridges, Andreani being the best bang for the buck but installation will cost you about 3-4 hours labour.

I'd start with the FSK-501 you listed for the rear and drop front forks 6-8mm from the stock 2mm they are at right now. Will give you a much better riding experience and it's free.

Make sure to adjust the rear to your weight and riding needs. This will take some trial/testing with some rides.

Dave Moss is your go to for suspension setup.
 

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As I’ve said on previous threads. IMO get the suspension set up by a professional. I have read a lot about setting suspension and think I am quite average in the knowledge department, but just can’t get the same results By a pro I don’t mean the mechanic at the local bike shop. I mean a suspension specialist.
As an example I had a bike with horrible front suspension and I tried everything I know to set it up with no results. I took it to a professional who within 2 minutes found the fault and another 5 minutes correcting it. It was the rear shock not set properly not throwing the weight on the front, so the front wasn’t working at all. I don’t think I would ever have found that and would have got through a load of swear words.
I had my 800 and then 1100 set up and it transformed both bikes
My man charges £40 for a full bike set up, not expensive when you feel the results.
 

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As I’ve said on previous threads. IMO get the suspension set up by a professional. I have read a lot about setting suspension and think I am quite average in the knowledge department, but just can’t get the same results By a pro I don’t mean the mechanic at the local bike shop. I mean a suspension specialist.
As an example I had a bike with horrible front suspension and I tried everything I know to set it up with no results. I took it to a professional who within 2 minutes found the fault and another 5 minutes correcting it. It was the rear shock not set properly not throwing the weight on the front, so the front wasn’t working at all. I don’t think I would ever have found that and would have got through a load of swear words.
I had my 800 and then 1100 set up and it transformed both bikes
My man charges £40 for a full bike set up, not expensive when you feel the results.
Where is he based?
 

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Preston, Lancashire. If you want to check his website it’s called TW suspension Tech.
Just look at his testimonials. He usually does his set up clinic at his house on a Saturday. I’ve had 3 bikes done by him and can’t recommend him highly enough.
Bit far from 1066 country. Thanks anyway.
 

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I have the Ohlins Du 505 on my Icon. It is a big improvement over stock but I'm not sure I'd choose it, if it wasn't already fitted to the bike.

I don't believe they come made to order, it just comes as a standard setup. Mine actually seems to work best with my girlfriend on the back. I've got the pre-load on a middle-ish setting but when solo riding it still feels too stiff. Seems to skip over bumps rather than soaking them up.

Seems to keep it's composure much better with our combined 140kg but obviously just sags a lot and I don't want to add a load of pre-load as she only joins occasionally.

As soon as I have the spare cash to throw at the bike, I'd like to replace the Ohlins with a Maxton or Nitron unit. Built much more 'made to measure' and you get the option to extend the shock length a bit, like Ducati have done on the CR. The Ohlins looks well made but both the Nitron and Maxton are another step up to my eyes. The Maxton has the nice easy pre-load adjuster and they do the front cartridge kit, so would be nice to just take the bike up to have the lot sorted.

Can highly recommend finding a suspension specialist to do setup for you. Found a decent guy near me, also charges £40 for a static setup. Transformed my Hyper SP.
His opinion on the Du505 was that it's still a very basic shock and also recommended Maxton or Nitron. He works as a dealer/service centre for all the major suspension brands. So had no reason to doubt him.
 
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