02 9er Front Suspension - Wrist Twisters
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post #1 of 5 Old 06-27-2014, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
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Question 02 9er Front Suspension

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I have a 2002 9er and my front suspension is due for some TLC. Both sides are leaking and it dives pretty hard under braking.

I'd really like to do the work of replacing the oil/seals myself but I don't think I'm going to have the time to get it done to be able to enjoy it this summer.

I'm just shy of 23k on the clock, weigh 220lbs+, 95% of my miles are solo city commute, and 5% are 2-up 'touring'.

This might be a good op for me to do something like change the springs, oil weight, etc. to 'improve' the suspension and am looking for opinions etc. on what direction I should go parts-wise based on my riding habits.

Thanks in advance for the $.02!

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Here's my amateur $0.02... springs, valves, and oil. Hit up LDH if you would like pro advice.

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I think you pretty much covered it; seals, springs, and oil. Valves will provide additional improvement if you want to spend a little more, but are a little more work to install (not horrible though). Springs and oil should make a big difference; the stock springs are weak, especially so for someone over 200lb.

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Suggestions on aftermarket springs?

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post #5 of 5 Old 06-30-2014, 08:15 AM
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Originally Posted by coaz4x4 View Post
Suggestions on aftermarket springs?
Dan Kyle Racing or Race Tech can set you up with springs and tell you what oil weight, height to use.

Use OE seals and bushings if needed.


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