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  1. #1
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    Jun 2007

    Is the factory Kashima upgrade just the coating? Or is also internals and valving?

    Is the factory Kashima upgrade just the coating? Or is also internals and valving?

    If it is just the coating, that doesn't seem worth it for a rear shock, but if it is more...

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    No, it is just the coating. Supposed to make everything "slipperier".

    I have never had much issue with the RP23 low speed stuff. The big problem is that it has no mid-stroke and lacks intestinal fortitude!
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    On the shocks don't think there's much if any difference, but if you're talking about the forks, then for sure night and day difference in out the box feel, Kashima/Factory feels absolutely smooth, Evolution has stiction like crazy, very notchy feel trying to go into the travel.
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    I thought the kashima one was trail adjust and the non kashima had no adjust for the trail setting.
    Either way its not worth the cost.

  5. #5
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    Apr 2004
    We offer the CTD shock with Boost Valve and Kashima coating and the EVO shock with no Kashima and no Boost Valve. They are different inside and out. The BV system is much more expensive as well as the coating. The 'intestinal fortitude' of the BV shock is very noticeable and nothing like the EVO or the old RP23 architecture. It may or may not be what you want, but the differences are noticeable when ridden back to back. ie. the EVO feels much more like a RP23, old school flowy feel with noticeably less mid stroke control than the BV shock. Either is rideable and I have recently ridden many hours on a EVO shock and after awhile it becomes normal, but it is the mid sized hits that it is less 'damp' on.


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