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post #21 of 133 (permalink) Old May 23rd, 2011, 9:15 am
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I really think many of you should try & make the stock suspension work for you first, before spending the big bucks on fork kits. It can be as simple as a spring & oil change. Aloha Alex
good info, planning on talking to the local suspension expert next week regarding upgrades for both bikes and was hoping to avoid the $3k Penske/Ohlins solution. Hopefully springs, oil and tuning will work for the KTM as well
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I cannot stand my forks anymore. I just gave Ed a call @ 408-371-6151, no answer, I left a message.

Alex, have you made any changes to your last fork setting? (ie oil level?)

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let me add to this...I was chasing around air gap while assuming it was the issue with my front end being so harsh.

present setup: .90 kg racetech springs with 5 wt. oil.

After a bit of experimenting, my friend and suspension tuner determined that the spring is way too heavy for my weight (210 lbs.) and the fluid was too light.

We ended up using 20 wt. (fluid weights are relative because there aren't consistent ratings from brand to brand) to help the damping keep up with the heavy spring.

I will be calling Ed soon enough. I would love to have this done before a track day weekend at the end of the month. We will see if I can make that happen or not.

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I pulled the pin and ordered the Maxton drop in yesterday. That's one very reasonably priced option and from my research, quality wise, is as good or better than other options.
Their website has some impressive reading.
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This will need done with my 2010, 796. Are the forks the same 796/1100 such that I can follow the guidelines within this thread?
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I cannot stand my forks anymore. I just gave Ed a call @ 408-371-6151, no answer, I left a message.

Alex, have you made any changes to your last fork setting? (ie oil level?)
No changes, still works well, 0.85 for my 225+lbs, 120mm air gap & 7.5w Golden Spectrol, I dialed my preload, compression & rebound at the track. Aloha Alex

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Thanks Alex, I just ordered my springs today, Ed is very knowledgeable. Did you raise the rear ride height on your Motard as well?

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Thanks Alex! This should be made a sticky.
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Alex sent me to Ed also. I got the .86 springs. They are 5mm shorter. I have the air gap at 135 with 50mm sag in the front. I can get the rear to 45mm, but the spring is over compressed. I searched and gonna use the 01092-36 Ohlins spring for the rear (Kyle). I think this is the same one Alex is using too. Ed had a Ti spring for 400.00. Tempting, but I need to lose a few before I can justify buying anything Ti. I jacked up the rear about 3mm. Haven't tried it out yet since I'm putting in my SC oil cooler and machining my flywheel this week.
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Thanks Alex, I just ordered my springs today, Ed is very knowledgeable. Did you raise the rear ride height on your Motard as well?
Yes, mine is raised as far as it will go, I found that the Hyper handles better with the "a$$" end up, putting more weight on the front wheel, and as an added bonus you will gain the much needed ground clearance. Aloha Alex

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