DR650 Shock Rebuild

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by P-nut, Jan 14, 2008.

  1. Farkles

    Farkles South America bound.

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    I just sent out a shock (spare) to CD by way of some relatives who are visiting the US from Canada (save some shipping $$). We have yet to decide whether the shock will be rebuilt as standard or lowered which will only happen once the roads are clear of snow but we will be up for "the group buy" (ceramic coating) fairly shortly.
  2. refokus

    refokus Just Learning

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    It's been a month so I should be getting a shock back from CD soon. I emailed them and left a message for a status update. I will be ready to put the bike back together this weekend and the following weekend. I am ready to give this DR a try. I only rode it for ~3 miles before I tore it down to make some repairs and upgrades.
  3. Farkles

    Farkles South America bound.

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    Anybody else ready to get a Cogent Dynamics rebuilt shock? As mentioned a couple of posts up, I have a shocking sitting a Cogent Dynamics waiting on a "group buy" for the ceramic coating? Anyone else in?

    While this one is for my girlfriend, I already have a CG rebuilt shock on my own DR and and it seems great so far. :clap

    Adam
  4. refokus

    refokus Just Learning

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    My shock should be here this Thursday..........I am ready to get this bike back together and to go for a ride..............:clap
  5. JagLite

    JagLite Long timer

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    Notice that ProCycle is now selling Cogent shocks and rebuild kits? :clap
  6. RamMan4x4

    RamMan4x4 Been here awhile

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    I spoke to Rick this week about a possible group buy on his DR650 rear shock upgrade with the ceramic coating option. The coating is regularly priced at $125 but the price drops dramatically to $45 if the coating is done in batches. Right now he needs 4 more (only 3 more counting me) shocks to get the coating discount. As an added incentive, he's also agreed to drop $10 off the optional adjuster "bling" ring which replaces the stock two adjuster rings with a CNC aluminum ring that uses a spanner wrench to adjust.

    Prices: (Note the prices on their website are out of date...these are the most up to date prices)
    - Shock upgrade: $434
    - Ceramic Coating option: +$45 w/ group buy (Regularly +$125)
    - New Spring: +$90
    - Adjuster Ring: +$28 w/ group buy (regularly +$38)
    - Time: ~2-3 weeks once all shocks arrive

    The deal gets even better if we get 6 shocks in the group buy. If you need/want an updated rear spring the price will drop by $10 and you can also get a $20 discount on a front spring/Race Tech Emulator package...sorry, but I'm not sure what his prices are for this at the moment.

    There is also a DIY kit for the rear shock for $335, but this group buy is about getting the discount for the ceramic coating option. Here are the details for the ceramic coating option (blatantly stolen from GaThumper in the last CD group buy):

    The DR shock has an aluminum body and I think the ceramic coating is a nice upgrade. In the stock shock the piston wears the aluminum body and particles of aluminum get suspended in the oil causing more wear. The mil-spec A0L3 ceramic coating penetrates the aluminum about 1/1000 and adds an additional 1/1000 resulting in a 2/1000 thick ceramic coating. The ceramic is really slick and really REALLY hard. This results in less friction, lower temperature, and much less wear. With the ceramic coating the shock will need servicing less often, probably paying for the coating in the first service. In my opinion it's a good upgrade, but I might have a hard time justifying it for $125. With the group buy it makes it much more palatable at $45.

    Disclaimer: I do not work for Cogent Dynamics nor will I benefit from this group buy..other than the discounted coating that everyone else that participates will get
  7. RamMan4x4

    RamMan4x4 Been here awhile

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    Farkles, you must be one of the owners of the two shocks Rick mentioned were waiting on the coating option. Hopefully we can get some interest in this group buy and get it done sooner.
  8. ER70S-2

    ER70S-2 Long timer

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    The jury is still out. I only have 30,646 miles on my Cogent shock. :D
  9. Farkles

    Farkles South America bound.

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    I don't have anything in queue. Joyce called me a few weeks back to let me know that my shock was finished. I thought I was waiting on a group buy but it sounds like enough shocks showed up outside of this thread and mine was just added to the batch. Surprise to me but a bonus.
  10. ! Danimal !

    ! Danimal ! --Dan--

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    Ok so I have about 2000 miles on my rebuilt/lowered Cogent shock, front end springs and emulators and couldn't be more pleased. Thank you guys again for the work that you do, I LOVE my bike even more now than I did :)

    I will reiterate, what many have said before, that this absolutely TRANSFORMS the handling of the DR! :deal

    :clap

    Any specific questions or for more detailed analysis feel free to PM me

    -Dan
  11. vwtoby

    vwtoby Adventurer

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    any chance of another group buy?
  12. NC Rick

    NC Rick Cogent Dynamics Inc

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    There is always a chance for a group build for the DR650 shocks!:D

    We just finished a build but we do have one other shock in the cue at this time, yours would be 2. We really need 4-5 as a minimum to save on the coating. If we can get a few more folks interested, we could get a build going.

    Please keep in mind: the group build is only a real advantage when you want to save on the ceramic coating. With out that, we can do the upgrade right away. Other Cogent options include the total replacement shock Mojave that is now available from Cogent Dynamics, ProCycle have our converted shocks available in an exchange program, and when you are ready, check with us as we sometimes have an exchange shock available. ProCycle also have our Movave shocks available.

    We have just completed a project for the new Cogent DDC (Drop in Damper Cartridge) for the DR forks and have these ready to ship now, they are awesome, the biggest bang for the buck in fork performance! That project took up a lot of my personal time over the past 6 months.

    USMC, thank you so much for your business as well as for the kind words! Improving our customers motorcycling experience is what makes us happy!
  13. techgeek

    techgeek Been here awhile

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    I'm looking to upgrade my rear shock/spring as well as front fork springs with DDC..

    is there anything in the works?
  14. Not Dave

    Not Dave I smell bacon

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    After our house sells and we get some funds in the checking account I'll be sending my rear shock off to Rick for a rebuild and anodizing. House closes on/around April 30th so sometime in May (I know, riding season). I have a street bike too so will have to live with it for a month or however long it takes. Maybe I can wait until a group buy shows up. Will check the DR boards...