Ohlins 36PRCLB Adjustable Rear Shock Absorbers
 

 
The external reservoir, fully adjustable, 360 mm Ohlins 36PRCLB shock absorbers (HD-144) are a great upgrade for the XR1200.  At 360 mm (about 14 1/4") they are slightly longer than stock, and have a length adjustment range of 10 mm. 
 
I coupled these with FreeSpirits riser blocks to get the handling that I wanted, but when needed for testing other components I can pull the riser blocks and drop back down to nomininally stock height.  (Alternately, one could go with the 415mm 36PRCL shocks - no preload adjustment - from the European Trophy series.)
 
 

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Ohlins HD-144 Rear Shocks

 
Ohlins HD-144 Rear Shocks
 

 
The install on these shocks is easy.  I lifted the bike with a bike lift till the rear suspension was fully extended but the tire did not come off the ground.  After that it's just a questionof unbolting the stock shocks and using the supplied spacers to install these so that they are vertical and parallel to each other.  Adjustment is a personal thing.
Here are a few pictures of the installed shocks...
 

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Ohlins HD-144 Rear Shocks

 
 
Click the below links for Ohlins information on the shocks, installation, and adjustment :
 

 
 

 

 


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Ohlins HD-144 Rear Shocks

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Conclusion
 

 
Once I had the shocks set the way I liked, the ride was infinitely smoother on the street, I no longer bottomed out on big bumps, and the chatter I used to feel in bumpy turns was gone.  These alone were one of the best improvements that I made, before I took the XR to the road track. 
 
Well worth the investment!


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