Yay! Did you have to wait for a good thunderstorm?
Good to hear "It's alive, it's alive".
I just put a slightly longer, but much better front shock on my frankenbike. So I just slackened the head angle a bit. When I get on, it comes back down to about what it was before though. It's an air shock, and I'm running it a tad soft.
WOW. What a huge improvement. As winter came, the tired old cheap rockshock just gave up working and became rigid on a cold day. Still rode tolerable like that, but when I put a nice marzocchi air fork on it with a silky responsive deep travel, the ride on rough pavement got so much better, and the ride on crappy dirt roads is just amazing.
Anyway, the point is, it feels like the better front shock makes the crap rear shock have to work less hard. That's how I perceive it from the saddle. I'm feeling the bumps less through my ass.