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Suspension question...

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    Lifer
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    Suspension question...

    I am still trying to figure out if I can get my fork fixed under warranty, but now that I look up in the book and realize the fork is supposed to be taken apart and inspected + seals changed every 15k miles it seems like I ought to learn how to do it, and I should just set it up correctly while I have it apart.

    I went to Race Tech's site and this is what they recommended for my weight/bike and assuming "street riding", "amateur/intermediate" rider and "standard" preferences.

    Stock Springs: .706kg/mm
    Recommended springs: .784kg/mm

    They have the springs in the recommended rate but would it be worth it? It's not much of a difference... and it would save me $100 if I keep the stock springs.

    Recommended oil: 20wt
    Cartridge Emulator Valve Spring: 64lb/in
    Number of turns on Emulator Valve Spring Preload: 2.0 turns
    Fork Spring Preload: 25mm
    Fork Spring Set Length: 500mm
    Recommended Fork Static sag: 32mm

    It looks like I can order Fork Seals + Dust Seals from them with the cartridge emulators, and they also have Inner/Outer Bushings. ? The bushings have a different name in the service manual, am I correct to assume they have to be replaced as well?

    I'm going to call them on the phone before I do this but I just wanted to see if anyone here had any advice.

    I am also looking at figuring out what tools I need:
    - Front stand
    - Seal Driver ($70 ? This isn't mentioned in the service manual)
    - Spring compressor (Racetech says this is extremely handy?)
    - Oil Height Gauge?

    Should I get preload adjustable fork caps while I am at it?

    Thanks,
    Ben

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    Lifer
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    Suspension question...

    Hmm.. this just got more complicated as the warranty request was approved and I can get it fixed next week...

    Ben

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    Suspension question...

    damn... don'tcha just HATE it when a decision goes your way?

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    Lifer
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    Suspension question...

    I think I'm going to go with the free fix... I had been in la-la-land this afternoon thinking of all the stuff I was going to buy and how great my bike would be...

    And then I get a phone call from an ex co-worker who is still out of work... Makes me think... maybe that $500 or so would be better off not getting spent on the bike.

    Ben

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    Suspension question...

    free=good, especially in these times...

    ...approx. 25 % of my company was laid off w/out warning on Friday (times are tuff in the consumer audio biz...). glad I pulled the reins on some of the mods I was gonna do... I'll feel better w/ a bit o' cash as backup, instead...

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    Re: Suspension question...

    Originally posted by benSV
    I am still trying to figure out if I can get my fork fixed under warranty, but now that I look up in the book and realize the fork is supposed to be taken apart and inspected + seals changed every 15k miles it seems like I ought to learn how to do it, and I should just set it up correctly while I have it apart.

    I went to Race Tech's site and this is what they recommended for my weight/bike and assuming "street riding", "amateur/intermediate" rider and "standard" preferences.

    Stock Springs: .706kg/mm
    Recommended springs: .784kg/mm

    They have the springs in the recommended rate but would it be worth it? It's not much of a difference... and it would save me $100 if I keep the stock springs.

    Recommended oil: 20wt
    Cartridge Emulator Valve Spring: 64lb/in
    Number of turns on Emulator Valve Spring Preload: 2.0 turns
    Fork Spring Preload: 25mm
    Fork Spring Set Length: 500mm
    Recommended Fork Static sag: 32mm

    It looks like I can order Fork Seals + Dust Seals from them with the cartridge emulators, and they also have Inner/Outer Bushings. ? The bushings have a different name in the service manual, am I correct to assume they have to be replaced as well?

    I'm going to call them on the phone before I do this but I just wanted to see if anyone here had any advice.

    I am also looking at figuring out what tools I need:
    - Front stand
    - Seal Driver ($70 ? This isn't mentioned in the service manual)
    - Spring compressor (Racetech says this is extremely handy?)
    - Oil Height Gauge?

    Should I get preload adjustable fork caps while I am at it?

    Thanks,
    Ben
    www.casporttouring sells RT stuff cheaper than RT if you ever choose to go that route

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