Well here it is in all it's factory lowered glory. A blank canvas I feel. The first thing I did was get an 18'' wheel for the rear. That way I can run the Michy Desert rubber that seems to do the trick for the type of riding I'm into. A set of 48mm WP forks are going onto the front. They give 275mm of travel so it was obvious that something had to be done about the rear suspension travel. I made up a telescoping strut and put it into the bike in place of the rear damper unit. With the bike on a stand I moved the swingarm through its range and determined the stroke length and shock length that would be acceptable. I marked the strut to find the measurements. I then contacted my Hyperpro man and he pulled a Racing Shock apart and modified it to my specifications. The result is something around 280 to 290mm of travel at the wheel- a bit hard to be specific because you can put in different size bump rubbers and who can tell what thickness they compress to in a "bottom out" situation.