I also want to say that this only works with St3's with shows shocks. I think later on they changed shocks on the St3 models
Exactly!. Following some old threats on this forum, two year ago I had bought a set of a 996S, to swap my original ST3 set.
Following the -let’s say- classic path, I had changed the valves, springs, bushings, seals and oil by a Racetech set, (well except the oil, that I used the Motorex one, because I had read that is basically the same, and here in Europe, is easiest –and cheaper- to found it, than the Racetech products).
After changed everything, and when I was mounting back all together, I discover than are not so straight replacement as I have read… because the caps of the 996 forks are ticker than the original ones, so are not possible to changed directly; perhaps could be possible to use both parts and create a certain kind of hybrid, but not if you doesn’t has machinery help/support, which is far away of our standard level as enthusiastic of the “Do It Yourself”.
Finally I mounted back all to the originals (all the components of the 996 on the 996 forks, and the same with the ST3), and decide to increase the size of the holes on the top of the triple clamp set, and for sure add some shims of the lower triple clamp to fix perfectly the forks… somehow the old and classic way.
A “couple” of remarks concerning with the process:
- NEVER believe everything that appears on the web… and be flexible!
- Is true: The length of the 996 is shorter that the original ST3 (around 1,5 cm). In any case this, IMHO helps to improve the handling in the turns. One thing that this bike really needs.
- I had used the adjustments suggested on the web page of Racetech for the ST4, but be careful with the oil: I does a mistake using the Motorex SAE 5W, when, in fact, the right one should be the 7,5W… that I had changed recently and get a impressive improve on the performance of the set.
- My understanding is that bike had a certain trend to turn “wide”, I suppose that mostly because doesn’t has a good control of the hydraulics on extension. With the adjustable forks this issue was finally fixed… and I start my first steps on these fascinating world of the suspension setup.