Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Little Rock, AR
Rep Power: 1
'04 forks on '03 919
After watching the classifieds for a long time I was finally able to snag a pair of pristine '04 forks recently for my '03 919. Many thanks to TPirman for the smooth transaction that occurred between us. As most all of us know, the suspension is a weak link on the 919 ('02-'03 especially). Since I'm a heavier rider at 225lbs, I had experienced way too much brake dive and the stock forks basically felt too soft. I had installed 1kg Racetech springs and 15w oil about a year ago and there was a definite improvement. They didn't dive near as bad and felt way more solid under hard cornering. But they still felt just kind of dead.
Was finally able to find the time this past weekend to install the '04 forks. I expected a small improvement since despite the adjustability they are still stock forks. After taking the remainder of the weekend to adjust them to my liking I must say that they have turned out to be a huge improvement. I ended up sliding them .375 inch thru the top triple. Also, adjusted them to where there is 5 rings showing on the preload adjuster and all the way to soft on the dampening. Was surprised how solid they were when I first took off down the street so kept setting them softer. Ended up adjusting the rear shock to the 2nd from softest setting. The bike has a totally different handling personality now. It just glides thru the curves like butter now. Before, it just didn't seem to want to turn in as well. The improvement with turn in is probably due to sliding the forks up thru the triples and less with the forks themselves. The bump handling is totally different as well - they seem to just roll right thru without the front end feeling like it's bouncing - especially in uneven curves. I'm literally having to get readjusted to how I ride it. Much easier, but it's a big change.
They ain't Ohlins or nice USDs or even custom revalved - but they are a huge improvement to an '02 or '03 919 that came with the non-adjustable forks. You guys with '04 and beyond 9ers enjoy an extra luxury over the '02-'03s.
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