04. You can see how tight the shocks are to the sport bags and why the Piggyback-style shock won't fit but the remotes work perfectly. 04. You can see how tight the shocks are to the sport bags and why the Piggyback-style sh Race Tech's basic G3-S shocks feature a 36mm body with a larger shaft diameter for increased strength. These shocks use an IFP (Internal Floating Piston) design that separates the oil from the nitrogen gas. This keeps a constant pressure on the oil so that bubbles can't foam, creating the dreaded fade. The other benefit of a floating piston design is that when you hit a sharp or large bump, the gas above the piston will slightly compress allowing the floating piston to move, softening the initial hit allowing the shock to react faster to the bump. Race Tech offers these shocks in three versions. The base is the Standard G3-S ($699.99) with no adjustability. However, this shock can also be upgraded with rebound and ride-height adjustments for an additional cost. Next, is the G3-S with Remote Reservoir ($1,099.99); then there is the G3-S with Piggyback Reservoir ($1,349.99). Both the Remote Reservoir and Piggyback versions come standard with compression adjusters, and can also be upgraded with rebound and ride-height adjusters for an additional cost. The reservoir versions help to keep the oil cool so the suspension performance doesn't fade with heat. This is a distinct advantage for those that really like to push their bikes in the canyons or head out for a day at the track. The Piggyback version doesn't fit with the Sport Saddlebags, so Race Tech also offers the Remote Reservoir versions with the reservoir removed from the shock body and placed separately on the bike with a braided steel hose connecting them. The techs found that they mounted under the tail section of the XR allowing full suspension travel and installation of the bags as well. We decided to use the Remote Reservoir versions so we could occasionally run the sport bags and for those track days. We threw all the options at them (rebound and ride-height) for a total of $1,249. These shocks are made in standard length or a 50mm-longer version for the increased height that the riser blocks offer with the added benefit of more wheel travel with less components and they can be adjusted for varying ride height for those that feel 2 inches is too much. All the Race Tech shocks are built-to-order with custom spring rates and valving packages. 05. Race Tech's Gold Valve kit is an inexpensive way to add some improvement to your frontend. The kit helps improve rebound and compression 05. Race Tech's Gold Valve kit is an inexpensive way to add some improvement to your fron 06. Here are the inner-workings of the stock forks. As you can see, the top one has a damping rod while the lower only has a spring. 06. Here are the inner-workings of the stock forks. As you can see, the top one has a dam 07. Race Tech's 25mm G2-R kit replaces the stock inner pieces with its adjustable damper cartridges, one for each leg (only one is shown). 07. Race Tech's 25mm G2-R kit replaces the stock inner pieces with its adjustable damper « | 1 | 2 | 3 | » | View Full Article By Don Lindfors Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!