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post #1 of 5 Old 07-09-2012, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
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Gen1 Front Fork Rebuild/General Suspension Improvements?

Hey all,

Baseline info: I'm a suspension novice. Bike is stock suspension geometry. I'm 6'2", 180~185lbs no gear. I also very much love the twisties rather than straight-line speed.

My fork seals need replaced on my Gen 1 due to the leakage that seems so common. While they're off I was thinking of having them re-valved and set up for street cornering or a potential track day.

I can either take them to my local shop and have a standard rebuild done, or send them out to a specialist if the price won't kill me. The problem is that I wouldn't know where to begin if I wanted to send them out or make any upgrades. If anyone can suggest reputable suspension fitters I'd appreciate it very much.

Also, the rear tire needs to come off due to a small puncture, so while that is off, is there anything I should do with the OEM shock to enhance handling characteristics?

I've never been really satisfied with the way my bike has felt in corners (twitchy, not confidence inspiring), or overall ride quality (VERY stiff compared to just about every other bike I've been on). So if experienced suspensioneers would like to help out a rookie like myself and provide 101 level knowledge to making a Gen1 handle better, I'd be very thankful!
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post #2 of 5 Old 07-09-2012, 07:02 PM
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GP http://www.gpsuspension.com/ rebuilt my forks, very happy with the work. On my bike I run the forks about 4mm up in the triples. I shimmed the rear 3mm on the stock linkage (2 would have prolly been better) and run 190/55 tires. Speeds up the handling without making it super twitchy.
You might be a little light for the stock springs.

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190/55>190/50
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I would say look really well for someone you can trust and use them only. If you go from person to person you may end up mixed up. If your not happy after using your first guy THEN move on to another but dont bounce around. Get what you can reasonably afford done (I.E. springs, re-valving ect.) but especially service work. Fresh oil, leak free seals and good wipers. Call around to the guys at Traxxion, Ohlins, GP, AMD Computrac, most of them are more than willing to talk to you about what their options for your bike are and give you a line by line price on what they charge. Dont be afraid to adjust it yourself but KEEP NOTES. Thats HUGE. Keep yourself a detailed journal of what the bike feels like and what it is doing so you dont get lost in adjustment. Good luck to you. Its not vodoo magic it just takes some work to figure out.

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Send them to penske in PA. I did the same thing based on recommendation from gmd computrack when my fork seals failed.
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Send you forks here. http://www.metricdevilmoto.com/ Mike did mine on my 06 and they are AWESOME.
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