Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Vancouver, B.C. Canada
Gen 4 Time for a Showa BPF fork rebuild - options?
Looking for advice from people much wiser than me.
One of my fork seals is leaking so it's time for a rebuild. I've never had to tackle this issue before so I'm going to pull the fork and take it to my local suspension shop this spring. I've been doing some research and reading threads on the topic lately and I'm still left confused which is why I'm seeking advice.
First off, with 3 kids and a budget, an Ohlins FGRT200 fork isn't an option unless it falls out of the sky. A used FGK216 cartridge kit would be my #1 option for $600-$700USD. However, I've found that Andreani and Racetech make $300USD valve kits for the BPF. My local suspension shop seems adverse to Racetech but keen on Andreani products.
I'm 180lbs or 81kg and my riding is mostly highway commuting, sporty weekend riding and a couple easy paced trackdays every summer.
When you guys talk about re-valving a fork, does that mean inserting a $300 valve kit or altering the original OEM valves somehow? Do I want to get new springs even though the Racetech spring calculator puts my weight right into the spec for the OEM springs? I understand that OEM springs may be progressive and we want linear springs instead.
2013 ABS, Bridgestone T30 Evo, Woolich, Danmoto shorty & link, Rifleman's 1/5th turn, K&N, GP shift, Gen5 shock/links/dogbone, geared (-1/+0), Shorai, EBC HH, AllBallz roller steering, Ohlins NIX30, Lightech adjusters. Bestem carbon. 50,000km+ and good so far.