Other than having less friction from the TiN coating on the tubes of the forks, are there any other advantages that TiN coated forks have over non-TiN coated forks?
That's pretty much what I was expecting to hear and find it interesting to see the used TiN forks going for as much as twice what regular used forks are going for. On Labor Day I had my '02 748 glance off of a guardrail and need to replace the forks because of a small ding on the left fork tube. If it wasn't for the ding, the front end is perfect. I didn't even scratch the bar ends, some how.Otherwise, there is no difference between forks. Any fork can have different valving or spring rate, the Ducati TIN coated forks usually are NEWER, so that will usually make them slightly better.
Do you have a source for the tubes? Can the tube be removed from the casting for the axle and calipers on these?You can buy just the tubes and fit them to your forks,
They look pretty good on the 916, especially with those rotors.these are the 996 tin coat forks and 65mm calipers I put on my 916.
I bought new tubes for my forks that I had reworked with new internals and radial calipers.Do you have a source for the tubes? Can the tube be removed from the casting for the axle and calipers on these?
Ducati only sells the tube with the cast axle block attatched and with the various seals and bushings, at $593.97! (322.214.171.124D). A new complete left fork is $1499.
I did the sag on my buddy's zx6r with regular forks and I measured exactly 10mm of stiction. Pretty crazy. IIRC on my ducs it was only a few mm.The TIN coating is designed to prevent stiction. Most forks have 8 - 10mm of stiction, but the TIN coated forks can knock that down to 2 - 5mm. This factor usually only comes up on race bikes where small deviations can make slight differences in handling of a vehicle.
Also, TIN is a super smooth coating, so it also helps with seal life if kept clean.
Otherwise, there is no difference between forks. Any fork can have different valving or spring rate, the Ducati TIN coated forks usually are NEWER, so that will usually make them slightly better.
I can't believe you sold that beautiful machine!Thanks to Ducati.ms, these are the 996 tin coat forks and 65mm calipers I put on my 916. Doug Polen once said the tin coat makes a difference. Someone like me couldn't tell, but the whole package diffinitely improved my front end feel and as someone said, they look cool. You would be shocked to learn what I paid for them. I was in the right place at the right time.
What are you getting on about? There is a measurable difference in stiction between regular forks and titanium nitride forks. I can literally go down in to my own garage and observe the phenomenon directly, it's not some marketing hoo-doo. I myself have measured 10 whole millimeters of stiction on regular forks, and both my ducs with a TiN coating measure around 2mm. And who cares if regular forks can be polished, they can be TiN coated too if you have the money, that's not the point.If you talk to any knowledgeable suspension tuner, you will find out that the Ti coating that is used on the Ohlins Road & Track forks (which are made in Japan) is mostly a fad thing. The real deal Ohlins Superbike forks have the tubes polished to a much higher quality (smoother micro-polishing) finish before the TiNitride coating is applied.
Once this coating is applied, it it so hard, that it cannot be polished to smoother finish.
So while the streetbikes with Ohlins gold forks may have slightly less stiction than regular chrome plate forks, they will never come close to Ohlins Superbike forks in action, and cannot be polished to this level.
Chrome forks on the other hand can be polished to a very high standard, much better than stock.
It's mostly a vanity thing, Do you want cool gold forks on your bike made in Japan for Ohlins by another company, or the real deal Ohlins Superbike fork made in Sweden that really work. Why do you think real Ohlins Superbike forks cost so much?
You are much better off having a standard set of forks reworked/revalved and properly sprung for your weight that to waste money on the gold coated R&T Ohlins forks
Unless you are measuring the non TiN coated forks on the same bike, your stiction measurement doesn't mean anything. The coating on the tubes may play a small part in the amount of stiction, but the fork seals have a much larger impact. Valving and springs can also impact your readings. So to say that it is the coating that makes all the difference is very inaccurate. If you call up most good suspension shops and ask them about the coating, you will get an answer that will surprise you. It just isn't worth the extra money unless you are racing, and even then you need to be pushing the suspension to feel a difference. Most amateur racers (except for the occasional ones that are very fast from the get go) would never feel or notice a difference. TiN coating looks good, but other than that it really doesn't get anything done better. If you want less stiction, get some high end fork seals and a fork rebuild by a professional.What are you getting on about? There is a measurable difference in stiction between regular forks and titanium nitride forks. I can literally go down in to my own garage and observe the phenomenon directly, it's not some marketing hoo-doo. I myself have measured 10 whole millimeters of stiction on regular forks, and both my ducs with a TiN coating measure around 2mm.