Don, check the user at the end of this thread, sounds like he installed one and sounds happy about it.Can someone explain specifically what is involved in making the swap? The level of technical expertise required?
Well, there is a *little* more than that involved to do the whole job. Compressing the spring to install the fork cap requires a special tool or two, or else some special cleverness. You also need something to grasp the threaded cartridge rod when you are bleeding the cartridge, and to hole the rod up when compressing the spring.Hi Don,
I've taken the cartridges out from my SC forks and it is easy. Once the top nut is undone and the allen bolt in the bottom of the fork is removed the cartridge pulls out. The hardest part is the time taken removing the front wheel, calipers and mudguard.
Spoke with Fabrizio over at Omnia.I can't tell from the links how compression damping adjustment is dealt with in those kits. When you are installing cartridges in a set of forks that already has adjustable compression, it all works like stock. But of course our bikes don't have any provision for compression damping adjustment on the bottom of the forks.
When I bought my Traxxion AK20 kit, at that time they were rebound-adjustable only. Now, they sell them with rebound adjustment on the right fork leg and compression on the left, in both cases with the adjuster located on the top of the fork where you would normally find the rebound adjuster. That setup is a bit of a compromise because it restricts the range of adjustability (since rebound damping is fixed (non-adjustable) on one fork leg and compression damping is fixed on the other). Still, it can work well if the valving is pretty close to begin with.
I'd be interested to know what adjustments are on this GT1000 kit, and how they are configured.
I have the AK20 kit installed by Traxxion Dynamics and I have compression and rebound in each leg. They put a set of there preload/compression/rebound adjustment caps on because I didn't want one legged rebound/compression.Spoke with Fabrizio over at Omnia.
Sounds like they are similar in setup to the AK's (i.e. Preload on both forks, but compression on one and rebound on the other).
Will order a pair and see.
Which Ohlins Cartridge kit?FWIW, Sportbike Track Gear sold and installed the Ohlins cartridge kit in my stock GT forks and now the GT feels like it's got real SUSPENSION! Combo'd with the DU 707 shocks, I just had SDS here in Portland set 'em up and I can really feel the difference from the Sachs/Showa setup I was running before. Refined, controlled, and yet firm AND compliant. Not cheap, but it works SO well!
I dont know much about all this suspension stuff, but if you install say that Ohlins cartridge kit, is there any real difference between that and just buying ohlins forks complete (other than of course I expect that to cost more, as there is more product your buying)? You do get the neat-o Ohlins yellow tubes i guess if you go with the full kit, but is it still basically the same at the end of the day?
In many situations, the valving is different. The Ohlins forks will have coated sliders, so that's an advantage.I dont know much about all this suspension stuff, but if you install say that Ohlins cartridge kit, is there any real difference between that and just buying ohlins forks complete (other than of course I expect that to cost more, as there is more product your buying)? You do get the neat-o Ohlins yellow tubes i guess if you go with the full kit, but is it still basically the same at the end of the day?