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October 31, 2005, 03:42 PM

This winter I plan on upgrading my suspension to better suit the bike for aggressive road riding and track days. I have been able to source a Ohlins rear shock for my bike from kneedraggers for just over $550. So question 1 is: How will this shock come setup, will the valving and spring rate be a made to order type of thing, or will it come as is for me to figure out on my own?

Question 2: I would also like to upgrade my forks at the same time, what is the best approach to this with a strong emphasis on saving $, ie. The traxxion dynamics cartridge kit ($1000) is not an option. Iíve looked at the RT gold valves, new springs, oil, seals. Iím not oppose to doing the internal work myself, however if I can send the forks off to get done cheep, or find a local spot who is experienced with properly setting up a suspension for a given rider.

Fill this thread up, Iím looking for opinions and info, Ill disregard what I donít need and weigh what I feel is best. Hoping to solicit responses from those in the know, and those whom have done upgrades. Please feel free to tell me what you have had done and how you feel about your investment.

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October 31, 2005, 05:26 PM

I don't know about the Ohlins coming setup for your weight. You'll have to ask Kneedraggers about that. I've ordered Penskes through DynamoHumm and Street and Competition and I asked that they be set with the proper spring and valving to suit my weight and intended use.

For the front, springs, gold valves and new oil will be fine. That's all I've done to my unadjustable-except-for-preload forks on the SV. It's all very simple to install and adjusting it to suit your weight is even easier.


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Thanks Travis! Bump back on the first page. Wanna make this a discussion/open forum.


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November 1, 2005, 08:24 AM

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Thanks Travis! Bump back on the first page. Wanna make this a discussion/open forum.
Get with Nate (Nudist) on this one. I went over a lot of this same thing with him concerning my bike and he knew a lot about it. I think he has also done a good amount to his SV as far as suspension but if not I know hes done the home work on it. PM him.


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November 1, 2005, 11:06 AM

1. Your bike probably has an internal cartridge fork. That means it's much more difficult to modify that the SV650 that Nate has. (His is easy...I've done several sets of forks on my SV's....the are Damper rod types.)

2. If you do one end of a bike....you should do both. Otherwise it can actually handle worse. Been there done that...I can confirm this bit of information.

3. Spend the money. it makes a difference.


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