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Old 09-25-2003, 11:30 PM
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I just got done changing my shock and fork springs....successfully! It really wasn't that difficult just took some time. Shock was a piece of cake. It took me several hours (over a couple days) on the first fork leg, making sure I was doing everything right, and stopping to email shocknut for advise! The second leg took about 45 minuts to an hour.

Total cost is about $230 (the springs were $206). Of course I saved about $130 by making my own special tools. Against Shocknut's advise I did use the PVC pipe trick for a seal driver. It did work, but I would highly recommend buying an actual driver if you can, it would make it much easier. I know I will be buying one soon for any future work.

Just want to give a big thanks to everyone, especially Shocknut, for all the great advise, it made me feel confident enough to tackle this myself. I am so glad I did cause I always wanted to know how forks worked. Not as complicated as I thought.

THANKS AGAIN SHOCKNUT!!!!!!!!
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Old 09-26-2003, 05:27 AM
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sweet. it should feel much better now. this site rocks hunh?
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Old 09-26-2003, 06:09 AM
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Very cool indeed. Sounds like next time I need to do that type of thing I'll have to do it myself as well.

Excellent work. Have you had a chance to ride with the new springs yet? Did you set you sag?

I think after they spring is broken in you will probably want to check it again.

BTW, My '03 likes 95mm.
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Old 09-26-2003, 11:56 AM
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Going to set the sag tonight and hit the track in the morning......hopefully. Can't wait to feel the results, or should I say not feel the results
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Old 09-27-2003, 01:07 AM
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That's right. Let us know how it goes.
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Old 09-27-2003, 12:06 PM
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Good for you, glad you got it taken care of.

Let us know how the sag adjustment goes.
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Old 09-27-2003, 10:02 PM
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well, didn't get to ride today so the ride report is postponed. I do have a question though. After taking my bike of the stand it seems that the forks sag farther under just the bikes weight then they did before. Infact I can't remember them sagging at all. Is this normal?? Should the forks sag under it's own weight like the shock?? Could be I messed up something putting them back together I guess.
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Old 09-27-2003, 11:12 PM
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Maybe the springs you got are lighter springs. what kg are they? what kg is stock.

this is a guess but is stock .45kg?
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Old 09-27-2003, 11:36 PM
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actually I went from .47 stock to .49. I double checked the markings and they seem to be right.
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Old 09-28-2003, 05:08 AM
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they could be shorter and need to be preloaded
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Old 09-28-2003, 06:56 AM
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You set sag on forks? Damn, I know nothing about suspension
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Old 09-28-2003, 01:15 PM
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No, you don't set sag on forks.
I'm pretty sure they were the same length as the stock ones, could be wrong. Hopefully Shocknut will read this, he'd probably know exactly what I didn't do or need to do.
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Old 09-29-2003, 12:09 PM
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Yes, forks DO sag under their own weight. You're probably just noticing something that has always been happening!

PS, I can totally relate to: It took me several hours (over a couple days) on the first fork leg, making sure I was doing everything right, and stopping to email shocknut for advise! The second leg took about 45 minuts to an hour.

I spent a good 12 hours or so taking apart one fork on my KTM to change the oil. Took me a good half hour to take the other one apart. But, man, I learned a heck of a lot over the time I spent on that first fork leg!
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Old 09-29-2003, 12:39 PM
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Ok im not as dumb as I thought
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Old 10-01-2003, 01:02 AM
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Yes it should settle. If they are correct for your weight (which yours now should be) they should settle about 25mm (or an inch) under their own weight.
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Old 10-01-2003, 12:14 PM
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Your right on Woody!! 1 inch sag it is. I emailed the guru with all my concerns and he's given me the green light, everything is normal.................clear for take off!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Going to try and get to the track today afterwork if I can. But if not, Saturday morning!!!! Just a little more MCM2 to get me to the weekend!!
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Old 10-02-2003, 06:50 AM
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Good deal...
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