Hay LeShaghal, looks like you have yourself a great ride there! Glad you where able to get the suspension setup to your liking. I couldn't be happier with my new setup, worth all the eforts of doing it! I thought about picking up a set of red hoses just because I liked the way they looked but held out because the bike is in such good shape it just didn't seem necessary. Can't help with the creaking/cracking noise, I haven't had anything like that in the year I have owned my 07. My 2 cents: If you are getting into or like lifting the rear wheel at all I might suggest rolling the handlebars forward. Between the suspension changes and moving the bars forward, as outlined by motobene, I can now bring the rear up between 8 to 10" from a static balance. Was able to do it better with just moving the bars before the suspension change but I can't knock 10"done from a static balance! I am sure you will have a great time with that bike!