The cost of the Ohlins Nix 30mm cartridge is more than I paid for the bike & about a third of what I've got in it. I think that's my biggest hangup; the tangible ROI. I hear what everyone is saying about then being the best, right now, I'm not comfortable with the Ohlins cost.
I was given contact info for 812 Suspension Design. They're about 90 minutes north of me, and work almost all the club racer's bikes at the track I went to. I'll give them a call, but please, everyone, feel free to give decent options that cost less than Ohlins.
Thanks again for all the info.
I am assuming in any option you would be pulling your own forks/shock? otherwise shop install will def be more than any Ohlins option.
yea i was referring to the $710 option for Ohlins, the 30mm NIX kit is for full-on racing or a VERY experienced street rider.
The $710 fork option is pretty damn good, i know a bunch of guys that have em. The price of a rear shock is essentially fixed at north of $600 anyways and If you buy both Ohlins from KyleUSA it just saves hassle and known setup data is readily available. I think a brand new ohlins is ~$950 from Mike.
I can surely understand everyone has a budget, but what any shop will charge you for a complete fork revalve/respring/rebuild AND a name-brand rear shock+install labor.....your gonna be maybe a few hundred bucks from Ohlins anyways.
Id keep an eye out for a used Ohlins, (figure its like ~$200 for a rebuild/refresh, if it needs it). Then send off forks and shock to Mike at one time.
Ohlins stuff also holds its value better than anything so residual value, if you decide to sell the bike is optimal.
There is the super basic...
swap weight of fluid and switch out springs (pretty much any decent dealership should be able to do this) and then hope to god you find a suitable rear shock in your weight range plug n play. A shop shouldnt charge "extra" for this service as the springs/fluid are usually drop in, in place of the OEM stuff. So the cost of a complete fork rebuild, usually about $100 per fork where im from (off the bike already). +$120 for suitable springs, $20 fluid, $45 in good fork seals, bushings, consumables.
Then there is valving...most popular/cost effective. (~$710 Ohlins option from Mike)
in my experience the other companies charge ~$525 (RaceTech, Ktech etc.)
Then there is full-on
Ohlins 30mm NIX, Matris cartridge kit, AK Gas forks, Ohlins R&T FG43....
these are like ~$2000+
rear shock cost NEW is pretty much fixed for the RC51. Ohlins is $950, everyone else is ~$650 or more (Penske, Ktech, etc)
You can redo the OEM shock, but its pretty much a boat anchor and unless you have fabrication skills forget about it.
I know im probably biased but I have owned more combinations of forks/shocks and RC51 configurations than anyone I know. Your paying for setup data and time one way or another. If it aint in cash, its in sweat pulling your shock off for an adjustment or trying to figure out what magical knobs do what on the shock/forks, or time lost riding.
fuck all that. buy once, cry once.
My close "2nd" is GMD Computrack (RaceTech) and have them sit and do all your setting with you on the bike, they setup geometry too. This is prob the same or more expensive than Ohlins as you have to be in the shop on the bike.
Again, im not trying to force ya or anything its just my experience that after all this penny pinching, i ended up spending it later on to fix mistakes.