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Ok so I'm looking to upgrade both the forks and rear shock on my 636 however after spending some time looking around the advice I've found has been very 'varied' and I'm still unclear on the best options available. Being 6ft4 and weighing roughly 200 lbs the current stock setup is far too spongy and I wish for a more solid feel whilst riding, I would like it to be suitable for a few track days also.
For the forks I'm thinking to just buy some new springs, would anyone recommend any in particular? Or maybe even a straight replacement for better stock forks from another bike?
For the rear shock I've seen many different options including a good solid upgrade to the newer 09 zx6 or even a zx10, would one of these be a better choice over buying aftermarket springs such as the race techs?
I apologize in advance if some of you feel this has been answered already but the mixed advice I found left me just as confused! So thanks for spending time helping me out. JoeCrad.
 

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Ohlins seems to be the favorite of most.
 

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Start off with springs matched to your weight (both ends) & set up by a specialist. Then you could get everything revalved, next is aftermarket cartridge & shock.
 

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Thanks for the replies :) but ohlins is a little out my budget as I also need a pc3 and some new rearsets, thinking of a new set of fairings also.
Think I'm gunna go with what greenymeeny recommended, do you have any brands you have experience with yourself? I'm looking at the race techs atm but wanna know other suggestions if possible.
Thanks, JoeCrad
 

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Go with RaceTech, they have charts to help you choose spring rates, etc. I'm in the UK so can't really help with brands, but, springs are springs so don't pay too much. Race forums are good for getting cheap quality gear that might just need a rebuild/refresh or is new & unused cos of a change of bike.
 

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Ive just bought a zx6r 07/08 rear shock for my 06 636, been told its the same as the 09's shock, and its better than the standard 06 shock so will be fitting that next week..
 

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Ok so I ordered the springs for both front and rear from racetech and there website doesnt allow for online payment (very annoying) so i awaited their email to confirm delivery and payment method. They mentioned the fact they would need the card details and offered me 2 delivery methods to choose from, they didnt quote the pricing for each of these methods so i replied instantly requesting the delivery quotes and whether there would be any additional charged like tax etc as I need it sent to the UK. 5 days later no reply. I was ready to pay instantly but after waiting this long with no answer I'm appauled at the lack of communication here especially as i stated in the email I am ready to pay immediately! I'm now looking elsewhere for alternatives I've seen the k-tech fork springs and rear spring. I'm also considering purchasing a shock from a newer zx6r as I've read they are an improvement, but my question is whether it will be good enough to be thrashed round a track as I intend on doing a few trips there with this bike.
 

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Ive just bought a zx6r 07/08 rear shock for my 06 636, been told its the same as the 09's shock, and its better than the standard 06 shock so will be fitting that next week..
Have you fitted the new shock yet? I'm very interested to see just how much of an improvement it will make. I'm around 200lbs and my current stock suspension is very soft so I'd apreciate the feedback! Thanks, JoeCrad
 

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Fitted a 08 rear shock and spring to my 06 636, all seems good, was a straight swap over no worrys, havent had much time to try it out yet with shit weather and work...
 

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Sorry mate I thought you were in the States. There's a good suspension place in Christchurh = Race Lab. They'll advise you on what's available for your budget. If you buy from US you'll pay 20% import tax + handling fees, it won't be worth it. K-Tech are also good for revalving and set-up (they're good enough for the BSB,WSB, BSS,WSS bods & a lot of clubman racers). Also there's Maxton, MCT, Reactive Suspension, Brooks, etc.
 

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I have a Penske Triple Clicker on the rear of my '03 636, and `08 Forks too. I had the springs and valves done by Racetech. Im moving to the BPFs from an `09 over winter. Those are my suggestions.
 

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Any update on what you went for mate?

Am looking at upgrading the sussy's on my 05 track bike over the winter and was looking at a newer model OEM shock. what did you go for?

Cheers, L'
 
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