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(A while ago I saw a guy post on here about him getting full Ohlins setup, (fork springs and piggy backs) he posted pictures and everyone wanted to know his opinion on them. Then just never replied back to the group ever again. It was 100% the biggest tease of this forum I've encounter yet, with that being said I couldn't take it anymore and bought my own set, so here's my opinion about them so far.... and i actually hope that guy is okay now that I'm thinking about it.)

I got my Ohlins piggy back rear suspension now and they're pretty nice, the adjustable features are really amazing but a bit overwhelming. I was a lot more impressed with the changing the front suspension, I'd recommend everyone change their fork springs right now.

The backs weren't as much of a change honestly also I could of 100% gotten the non piggy back version and been completely happy, oh well though. My expensive mistake is your warning i guess lol.

I eventually put my bike rack (yes a bicycle rack on my motorcycle) on and rode around town and noticed a huge difference so if you're planning on riding 2 up you may want to look into the piggy backs, for me i could of gotten away with the non piggy back version as my bike isn't that heavy. and I weigh 180lbs.

They look good though, now I'm extra afraid of leaving my bike anywhere out of sight, lol. It sounds dumb but i want to cover the gold canisters with stickers or a black vinyl cover. They look to flashy and they're just begging for someone to steal them. (I didn't consider this before buying it but seeing it on the side of my bike just got my mind racing to the worst)

Install took literally 3 minutes, finding a good setting took multiple rides and I'm still not sure i have it right. I'm going to call a Ohlins distro and see if they can help me out, but I've tried every single combination of low spring compression, high rebound, yada, yada, you name it. It all sort of feels the same to me. better than stock in every setting but not as great of a change as the fronts made, that may just be the nature of rear shocks honestly. It's nice being able to change everything up though without any tools though.

The front shocks were an Immense improvement in handling, stopping, every aspect of riding the bike changed and felt so much better. I feel like it has made my motorcycle a lot safer, sometimes things could get pretty scary going through a pretty big pot hole, but now it charges through everything. (not saying I'm making a habit of it but i want to feel in control when it happens)

Hope this helps anyone that's curious if it's worth it or not. if you have any questions let me know. I'll actually reply.

Also i took off my belly fairing I'm not sure if i like it or not what do you think?
 

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(A while ago I saw a guy post on here about him getting full Ohlins setup, (fork springs and piggy backs) he posted pictures and everyone wanted to know his opinion on them. Then just never replied back to the group ever again. It was 100% the biggest tease of this forum I've encounter yet, with that being said I couldn't take it anymore and bought my own set, so here's my opinion about them so far.... and i actually hope that guy is okay now that I'm thinking about it.)

I got my Ohlins piggy back rear suspension now and they're pretty nice, the adjustable features are really amazing but a bit overwhelming. I was a lot more impressed with the changing the front suspension, I'd recommend everyone change their fork springs right now.

The backs weren't as much of a change honestly also I could of 100% gotten the non piggy back version and been completely happy, oh well though. My expensive mistake is your warning i guess lol.

I eventually put my bike rack (yes a bicycle rack on my motorcycle) on and rode around town and noticed a huge difference so if you're planning on riding 2 up you may want to look into the piggy backs, for me i could of gotten away with the non piggy back version as my bike isn't that heavy. and I weigh 180lbs.

They look good though, now I'm extra afraid of leaving my bike anywhere out of sight, lol. It sounds dumb but i want to cover the gold canisters with stickers or a black vinyl cover. They look to flashy and they're just begging for someone to steal them. (I didn't consider this before buying it but seeing it on the side of my bike just got my mind racing to the worst)

Install took literally 3 minutes, finding a good setting took multiple rides and I'm still not sure i have it right. I'm going to call a Ohlins distro and see if they can help me out, but I've tried every single combination of low spring compression, high rebound, yada, yada, you name it. It all sort of feels the same to me. better than stock in every setting but not as great of a change as the fronts made, that may just be the nature of rear shocks honestly. It's nice being able to change everything up though without any tools though.

The front shocks were an Immense improvement in handling, stopping, every aspect of riding the bike changed and felt so much better. I feel like it has made my motorcycle a lot safer, sometimes things could get pretty scary going through a pretty big pot hole, but now it charges through everything. (not saying I'm making a habit of it but i want to feel in control when it happens)

Hope this helps anyone that's curious if it's worth it or not. if you have any questions let me know. I'll actually reply.

Also i took off my belly fairing I'm not sure if i like it or not what do you think?

Could you post links to where you got the front springs and rear shocks?
 

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I bought the front springs from a dealer in my home town so there is no link for that. Go on google and type and in Ohlins FSK 127 for the fork springs.

I bought the rear suspension off this website https://www.sonicracingparts.com/en/ohlins-shock-absorbers/15828-ho-718-ohlins-2-x-rear-shock-absorber-honda-cmx500-rebel-2016-2018.html

On my Rebel 300 the rear shocks are 11" center to center on the shock mount bolts.

I notice on the Ohlins site the length is 298mm or 11 3/4" for the HO718 and the HO728.

Are your Ohlins shocks 11 3/4" center to center on the mounting bolts, did it raise the seat height?

I plan on getting the front springs FSK 127 and was thinking of the HO 728 rear shocks (non piggy back, basic shocks), but I don't want to raise the rear or seat over stock.
 

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(A while ago I saw a guy post on here about him getting full Ohlins setup, (fork springs and piggy backs) he posted pictures and everyone wanted to know his opinion on them. Then just never replied back to the group ever again. It was 100% the biggest tease of this forum I've encounter yet, with that being said I couldn't take it anymore and bought my own set, so here's my opinion about them so far.... and i actually hope that guy is okay now that I'm thinking about it.)

I got my Ohlins piggy back rear suspension now and they're pretty nice, the adjustable features are really amazing but a bit overwhelming. I was a lot more impressed with the changing the front suspension, I'd recommend everyone change their fork springs right now.

The backs weren't as much of a change honestly also I could of 100% gotten the non piggy back version and been completely happy, oh well though. My expensive mistake is your warning i guess lol.

I eventually put my bike rack (yes a bicycle rack on my motorcycle) on and rode around town and noticed a huge difference so if you're planning on riding 2 up you may want to look into the piggy backs, for me i could of gotten away with the non piggy back version as my bike isn't that heavy. and I weigh 180lbs.

They look good though, now I'm extra afraid of leaving my bike anywhere out of sight, lol. It sounds dumb but i want to cover the gold canisters with stickers or a black vinyl cover. They look to flashy and they're just begging for someone to steal them. (I didn't consider this before buying it but seeing it on the side of my bike just got my mind racing to the worst)

Install took literally 3 minutes, finding a good setting took multiple rides and I'm still not sure i have it right. I'm going to call a Ohlins distro and see if they can help me out, but I've tried every single combination of low spring compression, high rebound, yada, yada, you name it. It all sort of feels the same to me. better than stock in every setting but not as great of a change as the fronts made, that may just be the nature of rear shocks honestly. It's nice being able to change everything up though without any tools though.

The front shocks were an Immense improvement in handling, stopping, every aspect of riding the bike changed and felt so much better. I feel like it has made my motorcycle a lot safer, sometimes things could get pretty scary going through a pretty big pot hole, but now it charges through everything. (not saying I'm making a habit of it but i want to feel in control when it happens)

Hope this helps anyone that's curious if it's worth it or not. if you have any questions let me know. I'll actually reply.

Also i took off my belly fairing I'm not sure if i like it or not what do you think?
Did you use the Ohlins 01316 fork oil or a different for oil?
If different what weight oil did you use
 

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Did you use the Ohlins 01316 fork oil or a different for oil?
If different what weight oil did you use
i used that fork oil the 01316 ohlins, its expensive and get two bottles,, if you're not going to completely take your forks apart i heard its a good idea to put some fresh oil in and pump them and pour them out and refill. just to get some more of the old stuff out.

and I never really noticed the 3/4 height difference. Doesn't bother me at all.
 

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i used that fork oil the 01316 ohlins, its expensive and get two bottles,, if you're not going to completely take your forks apart i heard its a good idea to put some fresh oil in and pump them and pour them out and refill. just to get some more of the old stuff out.

and I never really noticed the 3/4 height difference. Doesn't bother me at all.

I will be removing forks and turning upside down with tubes extended all the way and let drain for about an hour to get all the oil out.


If you didn't notice any seat height difference on the rear shocks, then the Ohlins rear shocks must have a 3/4 sag when installed
 

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Questions - what weight front fork Ohlins oil did you use? Honda service manual calls for 10W. Also what oil level as I see the FSK 127 mounting instructions call for 180 mm and the Honda manual calls for 165 mm.
 

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I just ordered the FSK127 fork spring kit from Ohlins in South Carolina.

Cost is $250 + shipping UPS estimated at $25-$30 to California.


I was told that the rear shocks are 11 3/4 length, so it would raise the seat 3/4"

Can you post a link?
 

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Don't have a link, went to the Ohlin web site and called the 800 #.

I canceled my order after watching you tube Ohlin's install video and reviews, finding out the springs are linear not progressive.

In the video from Ohlin's he states will ride rough on bumps but handle better.

I would rather have progressive for bumps, since the roads in my area are not well maintained.

If anyone gets the Ohlin's FSK127 front springs and can attest to better riding over small bump and rough roads, I may reconsider and order a set
 

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Questions - what weight front fork Ohlins oil did you use? Honda service manual calls for 10W. Also what oil level as I see the FSK 127 mounting instructions call for 180 mm and the Honda manual calls for 165 mm.
i have no idea the weight but I'm pretty positive it was 10w I just bought the recommended ohlins fork oil 01316 https://tstindustries.com/ohlins-front-fork-oil.html
 

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Don't have a link, went to the Ohlin web site and called the 800 #.

I canceled my order after watching you tube Ohlin's install video and reviews, finding out the springs are linear not progressive.

In the video from Ohlin's he states will ride rough on bumps but handle better.

I would rather have progressive for bumps, since the roads in my area are not well maintained.

If anyone gets the Ohlin's FSK127 front springs and can attest to better riding over small bump and rough roads, I may reconsider and order a set
They ride significantly better, the progressive springs that come stock were way to soft in my opinion and would bounce on a good size bump, the fsk127 don't bounce at all. They're still really soft if you want and you can always adjust rebound when you want them to be harder. Honestly they're way better than the stock IMO.
 

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The hardest park was getting the front wheel off the ground, after that it's a breeze.
I have a gantry that I built that will make it easy to get the front wheel off of the ground.

I spoke to the service manager at the Honda dealer on Saturday and for them to do it, along with new seals, would cost between $500.00 & $600.00.
They would put all new seals in while they worked on the forks, I cannot afford that.
Kenny G
 
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