Traxxion suspension


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Baldwing
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Traxxion suspension

Postby Baldwing » Tue Sep 23, 2014 9:35 pm



Anyone installed the Traxxion parts on a gl1800??



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Re: Traxxion suspension

Postby tfdeputydawg » Wed Sep 24, 2014 5:53 am

Do a search on most any board and you will find more info on Traxxion than you'll ever need!

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Re: Traxxion suspension

Postby themainviking » Wed Sep 24, 2014 6:19 am

Many folks have upgraded to Traxxion and been very happy. The ride becomes a lot firmer and stiffer. The one problem with Traxxion is that if you are at all inseam challenged, the extra inch or more that you will gain puts people on their tiptoes at stops. A sort of half way solution is a Progressive upgrade, which firms up the suspension but does not add the extra height. Think Honda suspension as very poor, Progressive as the way it should come from the factory, and Traxxion as the sports car suspension of the three.
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Re: Traxxion suspension

Postby thrasherg » Wed Sep 24, 2014 11:04 am

I loved my Traxxion upgrade, much better handling and more ground clearance in the corners, but I have a 34" inside leg so no problem with the extra inch or two of seat height that this suspension provides.. Really worth the money..

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Re: Traxxion suspension

Postby Cal-D » Fri Oct 03, 2014 10:01 pm

Traxxion suspension is not stiffer than OEM, firmer yes and much more compliant over bumps. Also their shock is adjustable and does not have to put the bike any higher, I have installed a few for shorter riders and no complaints.

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Re: Traxxion suspension

Postby thrasherg » Fri Oct 03, 2014 10:38 pm

I'm not sure how you keep the same height as stock, The stock suspension completely collapses under the weight of the bike, the traxxion suspension doesn't move much, that is what causes the bike to sit higher. The traxxion suspension sits at its mid point (Its correctly preloaded) and allows the wheels to move up and down over bumps (as suspension should), the stock suspension completely collapses and only allows the bike to move up as there is almost no down travel left in the shock.. Try putting your wing on the center stand, look how long the shock is, then roll it off the center stand and see the shock collapse and see how little movement is left. As mentioned the traxxion suspension rides very comfortably, it just has more preload to prevent these big girls from dragging their arse on the ground.

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Re: Traxxion suspension

Postby Cal-D » Fri Oct 03, 2014 11:30 pm

No it won't be as low as a sacked out OEM suspension but it can be same as it was when new and maybe even a touch lower. The Traxxion rear shock has four rings to set the circlip whereas the OEM has only one, choosing position 3 is standard, #1 and #2 allows the bike to sit lower,(#1 being lowest) but still have the travel, as for the front, instead of the normal 10mm proud, raise the tubes more. I have set them as high as 14mm with the rear shock set to it's lowest and the rider(30" inseam) is flat footed. Bottom line, you do your best to set up the bike for each individual. With Traxxion that is possible without compromising the handling.




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