Upgrading rear shocks, worth it?

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Sun Jul 23, 2017 3:15 pm

Hi guys i havent really had much of a chance to ride my Divvy yet, but im curious as to if upgrading the rear shocks is worth it? I read some old reviews that all said the suspension was poor? Has anyone got experiance with the Hagon shocks? And if so are they worth it or are there better options? Thank you

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Sun Jul 23, 2017 4:55 pm

I find the rear shock on mine is bouncy and saggy, but I have no plans to change it. The reason is, the job of suspension is to keep the tyre on the road as much as possible, even under the forces of acceleration and over potholes and gravel, and it does that. I have made the rear wheel spin up very briefly a couple of times under hard acceleration over a bump or pothole, but that's all. I find the cornering performance is absolutely fine. How much are you into your cornering? The sweet spot seems to be 60-90mph for this bike, which isn't very demanding for the rear shock. A good rear shock is one that has travel left in it while leaning over hard, so it can still travel over bumps and gravel while you accelerate through a corner. In my opinion, the bike isn't fast enough to warrant an uprated rear shock. A more powerful bike would need a better shock.
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Sun Jul 23, 2017 6:21 pm

It's totally worth it. Use the newer Divy shock. Might plan on a fluid change on the front end with a bit more preload, too.

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Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:37 am

Thanks for the replys, I'm new to riding so I'm looking at it for more of a comfort view for the moment but I'm sure it won't be long before I'm looking for a bit of performance improvement. Is the newer xj6 divvy better then a hagon? Or are they just better value

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Wed Sep 13, 2017 2:17 am

I know Im trying to revive what is probably a dead thread, but Im at this point too. I have my rear shock set to the hardest setting and it sags a bit when my skinny 145lbs ass gets on it; put a passenger on it and Im fearing the risk of bottoming out.

What year(s) shock would you suggest and is there any real difference between the XJ and the FZR shock? I read somewhere that the FZR is 1/2 an inch longer?
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Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:42 am

The stock rear shock on the Seca IIs wear very quickly leading to a very wallowy rear end and vague handling. Upgrading the rear shock is a very good and inexpensive option. I personally like the FZ6R rear shock. It's a perfect swap. I weigh about 175lbs. and found the ride and handling perfect. Here is a link on that discussion:

viewtopic.php?f=127&t=11&p=86021&hilit= ... ock#p86021

Additionally, if you do the rear shock swap, don't forget to improve the front forks too to balance the handling. Easy & cheap fix there too. See this link for that discussion:

viewtopic.php?f=127&t=437&p=86970&hilit ... oil#p86970

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Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:26 pm

Perfect, that is what I needed to know. Thank you. Now off to find a shock...
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Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:14 am

Do it. Just, do it.

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Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:09 am

Mine will be here today. I was talking to a guy on the XJ600/Diversion/Seca II FB group who was doing it and he said it did wonders, so Im quite looking forward to it
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Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:51 am

Renegade wrote:
Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:09 am
Mine will be here today. I was talking to a guy on the XJ600/Diversion/Seca II FB group who was doing it and he said it did wonders, so Im quite looking forward to it
Didn't even realise there was a group!

I'll get round to it at some point but until my stock shock is defective I'm better off spending the money elsewhere. Like making my brakes work.
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