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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old May 22nd, 2019, 9:06 am Thread Starter
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Scored a cheap set of Showa forks due to the faded uppers; not that it mattered, i had no intention of leaving them gold anyway. The non-adjustable ones are just about useless.
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old May 22nd, 2019, 3:25 pm
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whats wrong with the non adj ones?
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Most people cant adjust them right anyway so what does it matter ?

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Could someone post a picture of the top of the non-adjustable forks & a picture of the top of the adjustable forks. I know or think I know which ones my 1991 900ss should have, but since this bike belonged to one of the main tech guys with Ducati they could have been changed for all I know. this bike is very early serial # 28 yet it has the rear brake caliper slung below the rotor with a flat alum. brace with round holes spaced along the length going to the rear of the engine-(not the stock round brace used by Ducati later).

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Could someone post a picture of the top of the non-adjustable forks & a picture of the top of the adjustable forks.
Useless non-adjustable fork top caps are in Pic 1. No adjustments at all.

The even more useless fully adjustable fork top caps are in Pic 2. Preload adjusters and the infamous and completely useless rebound adjusters are incorporated into the top caps.

Pic 3 is of the lower fork leg casting on the even more useless fully adjustable forks. The arrow points to the compression adjuster.
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Well it appears that the forks on my 1991 900ss have been upgraded???(if you can call it that) to the adjustable forks, which really does not surprise me a lot considering the bike belonged to one of Ducatis tech rep exe's

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all 900ss had adj showa forks. 900ss/cr had the non adj, either showa 41 or later marzocchi 40.

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Oh ok I for some reason thought it was only the SP or SL that had the adjustable forks --I am still learning about these things Thanks

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Since you have the adjustable forks already, there is a lot you can do to make them better, or you can send them out and have them done. GSXR Suzuki internals can replace the stock stuff , or aftermarket cartridges, and springs the correct rate for your weight. But really, you need to find out what you have. They may have already been modified in some way. If theyre still stock, they can be made better.
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Ok, I'm confused. Can the non-adjustables be refitted with Gixxer internals? Or are the non-adjustables just always doomed to be what they are? If so, which adjustables are best suited for having Race Tech (or GSXR, or other) gerts installed? Like Monster sticks, or SS/Showa sticks ... er whut ??? Is there a model/year range preferred?

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I looked at the options to improve the front end on my ‘96 CR and went with SP Showa Forks . My reasoning was that it was still SS equipment, though from the top of the line model. It was IMO, not going to end up a “bitsa” by sticking with SS parts. It dropped right in, no dicking around. It took the stock triples, stock axle, wheel and brakes, though by changing bearings you can put a larger late model axle in with no problem. I upgraded the forks by installing GSXR internals and Racetech springs. The PO had already installed the 5.5 rear wheel and Showa adjustable shock from an SP, so I was kind of keeping with the CR/SP hybrid theme. I just liked the idea of keeping it all SS and I think the value will be better in the future this way. It’s also the easiest way to get adjustable forks on the bike. The wheels match, which would bother me otherwise. With the GSXR internals the forks work well, I’m happy with them. The conversion cost about $500, but I could recoup a little if I wanted to sell the left over parts.

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If you wanna use an OEM Ducati front end that has almost limitless parts on eBay I'd recommend a 748/916,996 front end. You see them continually on eBay for not a whole lot of money.

You could do the entire thing for around $500 or so. Use the entire thing. Upper and lower triples, fork tubes, wheel, brakes and all. The whole enchilada.

There are so many places that sell parts to maintain that front end, you'd not have to worry for many years into the future. Just a thought. There are other options if you elect to forget going with OEM Ducati parts.

The 2004-2008 or so GSXR front end is pretty easily found too. It also has a three spoke wheel which would not look out of place on an SS of mid 90s vintage save for the whole radial brake set up. It's a good front end too, easily one of the best ever on a GSXR. It so ubiquitous that parts should be around for the next several decades. Hope that is of some help....sean

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