Has anyone installed a Rear Ohlins (HO 070) shock absorber

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Hi all,

New NC700X owner here. The previous owner included a new in box Ohlins (HO 070) shock absorber.

Has anyone installed this Ohlins shock absorber? If I install this will I also have to upgrade the front shocks?

Any info is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
 

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I have installed an Ohlins rear shock/spring on my NC700X. You can install the rear shock and modify your front forks, or you can leave the front alone. Fork modifications are not as expensive as premium rear shocks, so upgrading the front is probably a good idea.
 

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I have installed an Ohlins rear shock/spring on my NC700X. You can install the rear shock and modify your front forks, or you can leave the front alone. Fork modifications are not as expensive as premium rear shocks, so upgrading the front is probably a good idea.
How do you like it? Do you think it's good for touring and the occasional pillion tour? I found the stock suspension to be passable but complained about the wallowing. I ended up blowing my dampening after only 46k miles.

I've been thinking about making my own thread about it but I'm not sure how to start asking questions. I see other guys got suspenders with a different spring on the Ohlins body. How neccesary is that route?
 

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How do you like it? Do you think it's good for touring and the occasional pillion tour? I found the stock suspension to be passable but complained about the wallowing. I ended up blowing my dampening after only 46k miles.

I've been thinking about making my own thread about it but I'm not sure how to start asking questions. I see other guys got suspenders with a different spring on the Ohlins body. How neccesary is that route?
My original rear shock blew the seal at 29,000 miles.

The spring on my Ohlins is maybe a little stiff for my solo weight but not too bad. (It was originally purchased by someone a little heavier). However, that's good because the rear end doesn't sink much now when I load up with camping gear. I don't have a pillion seat so can't comment on two up riding. I'd say the ride is very composed, and the wheel stays on the ground better on washboards and rough roads. It is not touring bike plush. The roads in my state are in sad disrepair, so I still deal with a few jolts, but I don’t get bucked off the seat as badly as with the stock shock. In states with good road maintenance budgets, it handles and rides great.

The NC suspension needs all the help it can get. The Ohlins is surely an improvement over stock, but I can't say it transforms the bike into an entirely different machine. It really depends on what kinds of roads you ride. (On local my neighborhood rides, I prefer a dual sport with 11 inches of suspension travel for a comfortable ride).
 
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I bought and installed a Cogent Dynamic rear shock that was supposedly a rebranded Ohlins STX 46 shock. The STX 46 with a spring for my weight was awesome on my NC700X. You will want to upgrade the forks after upgrading the shock but like 670cc said it's less expensive to redo the fork.
 

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I plan to only ride on paved roads with ~50% highway. My impression of the stock suspension is that it's stiffer than my ST1300, but as long as I don't hit any bumps in the road it's fine.

I also have to decipher the numbers on the Ohlins spring 01095-54/140 L2218

Thank you.
 

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I plan to only ride on paved roads with ~50% highway. My impression of the stock suspension is that it's stiffer than my ST1300, but as long as I don't hit any bumps in the road it's fine.

I also have to decipher the numbers on the Ohlins spring 01095-54/140 L2218

Thank you.
If you poke around online you can find explanations for the code. It is basically length and spring rate. I think the diameters are all the same. The 1095 represents the free length as a coded number, and -54/140 means it has a 140 Nm spring rate.

 
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