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post #1 of 22 Old 04-10-2006, 03:01 PM Thread Starter
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So I installed my new Ohlins forks.....

I installed the forks going by the instuctions, and they show the top of the fork leg flush with the top clamp. So I figured that would be OEM height.

The other day I ran into another ZX10R with the same setup only he had his tubes raise above the clamp 2 lines.

He said that was OEM height, I tried to measure but its tough with the forks installed.

I went ahead and raised them to the secound line. Faster stearing I think.

My question is this does anyone no how many lines should be showing for OEM ride height?

Thanks in advance.

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dunno about stock height but the change you've made is major so be careful.

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Mine sit flush with the top of the tripple.


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Mine sit flush with the top of the tripple.

Do you have the Ohlins forks?
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i heard to set them flush with the top of the silver cap...


put mine on this weekend...they are ohlins r&t's...
had it set at the spot where the silver cap and gold tube meet...make sense??...

steered slow...so i dropped it 3 mm into the gold, but less than the 1st line(prolly real close to the line tho)...steering better, but think i need to respring (more on that later)....

i did this on my own with the full knowledge it may be wrong, but i had dropped the stockers 3 mm... sooo the ohlins felt like they were raked out and too slow...anyhow, feels o.k. now...this alone will absolutely change my sag settings(preload anyway) in the future when i respring...

let me note that i stretched my wheelbase with a 16tooth c/s and 112 link chain...total length change is 19mm and it slowed the steering a bit...so i had been looking to speed the steering back up to the level of the stocker...


the stock forks are shorter physically..dont have my notes, but they have a shorter stroke as well...

soooo the other guy may be right...the height may be the same dropped like that, but we have to take into account that the ohlins sag more(longer stroke with more sensitive(softer??) springs) and will certainly use more stroke than the stock setup...in fact there sag settings are a bit more than i have seen around here(35-50 mm with rider, i think, again no notes here)...been looking around for more info...those sag #s contradict someones thread that stated we should shot for 25 % of fork stroke as sag settings...ohlins asks for a third...that coupled with the longer usable stroke on the ohlins unit and i think were into a new area not based on the stock fork height...

i have spent the week obsessing on this exact issue...i'm close to understanding, but you caught me too early to be able to explain yet what i THINK i have learned...
sorry if this doesnt make sense...i know i jump around a bit...lots of info to absorb......i'm trying...

BTW i'll post my settings tonite...
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not to be an ass, but can you not call ohlins or a rep and ask them? looking at pics of my 10R which is all stock susupension and i've never touched it, mine are about 1mm above the triple tree.

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Do you have the Ohlins forks?
Yes I do, and mine are also set like latdrops, where the gold and silver meet is flush with the tripple.


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Thanks for the reply's latdrop and others!

I called Dan Kyle and he said pretty much the same thing. The Ohlins are longer than stock but have a longer stroke, and more sag. So Ohlins suggests mounting them flush with the top clamp to start off, then raising them if the bike turns to slow. If the bike is not stable and there all the way down in the clamp, then you have to lower the rear ride height.

I rode it yesterday in the canyons after raising the tubes to the secound line and it does turn in quicker, I didnt feel any instability but must test on the track to be sure.

oh I also increased my wheelbase by about 1/2 inch when I went to the 520 chain (longer)..

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just got off the phone with dan kyle as well...
gonna do a spring swap since i'm maxed on preload to get within the sag range...

ground zero is about 15-20 lbs less than me and they are sprung for him...
dan kyle is reasonable with cost...will maybe let me have springs for free...took his time on the phone with me and i must sound like a idiot...
will do this on thursday...

currently settings are 12 clicks rebound and compression on the forks...havent checked the shock yet...

most noticable improvement is in the braking...yes, braking...i suppose the tire stays on the ground better or something... the difference is quite profound tho...


then, on to geometry...gonna get pilot powers and they are taller than the stock 218's...may get a chance to try the adjustible ride height on the shock...woohoo!!...

anyhow, quite a project, learning a lot along the way...

BTW the g/f found me last night staring at the bike...just staring...she thinks i'm wierd...
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