For those of you that have replaced your rear shock. Did you replace the preload line with the Traxxion braided hydraulic line. Thanks, Kirk
Fred hits it right on the head..I'm still a bit on the fence about this, though I do now have one installed on the new bike and am testing it out.
I'm still not 100% convinced that the hose swells enough under load to affect the range of the pre-load adjuster.
However, I can see that over many miles and bumps the hose will be subjected to repeated pressure loadings, and will begin to actually act a bit like a suspension component of it's own. Since when it swells from pressure and expands it will reduce the pre-load pressure on the spring some, and then when it recovers, it will add pre-load. Is it enough to have an impact? I honestly don't know.
It certainly can't hurt to upgrade the hose. It will definitely outlast the OEM hose.
One other note. The Traxxion hose is not nearly as flexible, so some care has to be taken in mounting it and getting it "clocked" in the right position on both the pre-load adapter and the electric actuator so the shock will install in the frame properly and the hose won't be twisted when it is mounted on the bike.
I couldn't agree more with this statement. While it's easy to say, "I did it and it worked" it's not worth the risk. A sudden loss of pressure while riding could prove deadly.
Zero preload in my case, thanks to Traxxion, but I still need it when hauling luggage and/or two-up.If your shock spring is rated for your weight then very little pre-load is needed.
Thank you Traxxion.