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Suspension Upgrades

Posted October 21st, 2015 at 04:59 PM by HoneyBadgerRy
Updated December 28th, 2015 at 06:30 PM by HoneyBadgerRy

I cut the fork springs to have the proper strength for my 134lb ass, slid the forks an inch up, and mouned clipons above the trippleclamps. Installed a 2004 Zx6r shock with zero preloaded, made 6.5" dogebones, and installed pirelli mt75s front and back. The bike feels planted. I had to remove the dash and install the trailtech vapor, lighter weight, more accurate, better looking, its a win win. The bike has more stance, I haven't pushed it yet (wet pavement dark, new suspension = no pushing), but it feels a lot better.
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  1. Old Comment
    HoneyBadgerRy's Avatar
    Cut 5.87" off of the springs, cleaned the forks, put in new 10wt, cut 7.87" preloaded spacers, installed everything. I didn't test ride it, just pushing the forks the springs seem nice, but there is way to much preloaded. I will take 1" off of the preload next.
    Posted October 22nd, 2015 at 02:25 PM by HoneyBadgerRy HoneyBadgerRy is offline

  2. Old Comment
    Ghostt's Avatar
    Your on the right track, but you may need to trim more, so be ready for that. I assume you know how to properly check the sag.

    I weigh about 220lbs with gear, so when I cut mine down, I used a set of EX500 springs, after cutting them down I needed +1" add to the amount cut.

    Also keep in mind that to set sag, it's a balancing act between the front and rear.
    Posted October 24th, 2015 at 04:38 PM by Ghostt Ghostt is offline
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    HoneyBadgerRy's Avatar
    Yeah I have the preload and sag figured out now. I think the spring stiffness is correct, but I can't test ride it yet, and that's the only way to test it.
    Posted October 24th, 2015 at 05:08 PM by HoneyBadgerRy HoneyBadgerRy is offline
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    Ghostt's Avatar
    Assuming you used the PreGen springs your new cut springs should be about .65 kg/mm which should be about right for street use.

    Be sure the rear spring rate matches.
    Posted October 24th, 2015 at 05:27 PM by Ghostt Ghostt is offline
 

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