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post #1 of 14 Old 10-25-2007, 05:59 AM Thread Starter
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Beating this horse any further...
I have decided to upgrade my 03's non-adjustable front suspension. From what I have found, the most economical improvements are weight appropriate springs, and valve kit from RaceTech. This and a heavier fork oil should be a vast improvement. I am throwing this out there as a question to the tuning experts. I don't plan to race, just spirited commuting. Any help would be awesome. Also, how many hours in shop time should this take.. for billing purposes?

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What bike are we talking about here?

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There is a informative thread discussing the Race Tech internals. Unfortunately the link to project919 is no longer active. The OEM rear shock is waaaay over sprung, a Ohlins or Penske is needed to complete the package.

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I don't plan to race, just spirited commuting.
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Ummm, isn't that what got you into trouble in the first place, "spirited commuting"?
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There is a informative thread discussing the Race Tech internals. Unfortunately the link to project919 is no longer active. The OEM rear shock is waaaay over sprung, a Ohlins or Penske is needed to complete the package.
sigh...sad but true

old project 919 links that don't auto-convert to the archives can be found at forums.project919.com (hopefully) i dumped out all the porn/drug stuff that had accumulated...should be safe viewing these days

http://forums.project919.com/viewtop...179&highlight= should work, just not sure if it's the link you were thinking of...

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I've been thinking of re-springing the front of my `04 this winter, also. 28k and the fork oil's never been changed.

I wonder if we could do a group buy?

Shouldn't be too hard to do ourselves. Maybe we could ge XRMikey to walk a bunch of us thru it.

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oh wait..it's not

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that was while operating my station wagon... I have much better restraint now.



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Not a bad idea.


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I've been thinking of re-springing the front of my `04 this winter, also. 28k and the fork oil's never been changed.

I wonder if we could do a group buy?

Shouldn't be too hard to do ourselves. Maybe we could ge XRMikey to walk a bunch of us thru it.

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I've been thinking of re-springing the front of my `04 this winter, also. 28k and the fork oil's never been changed.
Well i can tell you from personal experience just changing the fork oil will make a noticeable difference. I change mine @ 15k, and it's getting about time to do it again. I'm thinking of cutting some aluminum rings to use for preload this time.

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Darkness - how deep do you want to go ? I had a guy here ( Jamie James to be exact ) in NC fix my Z1000 - we put adjusters on both sides , then dropped an Ohilins valve kit in each for and the replace the crappy stock shock with a tastey Ohilins unit - total was about $1800 parts and labor - you can get the valve kit and rear shock for like $1100 , if in not mistaken, as long as they havent raised prices in a few months.The coolest things about the Z was that I had a picture of Jamie riding wheelies on my bike after we went for a test ride and it was set up perfectly - it handled simply amazingly after they did the work and set my swing arm angles and such - well, worth the outlay of cash.

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I have an `04, so I have the preload thing whipped going in.

You have to take the fork off, and take the top off, for a fork oil change, correct? If so, then 90% of the work is already done. At that point, we may as well change springs. I hear they're not too expensive.

I had my 929 re-done front and rear, and yes the transformation is amazing. I already have an Ohlins on the rear of the 919. Got lucky, bought mine used. Best $$$ I have spent on the 919.

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That is exactly the POINT!! I don't want to go way deep. I see value in what you have done, b/c you are so happy with it.
My issue happens to be my weight - 6' 215 - add leather and you got Heavy. Also, I bought this bike to put miles on it... I can't see spending 1/2 of what I payed for it -to replace the front forks. $500, I can live with... to keep the front end from bottoming out...
I reserve the right to change my mind on this and any other topic...
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Darkness - how deep do you want to go ? I had a guy here ( Jamie James to be exact ) in NC fix my Z1000 - we put adjusters on both sides , then dropped an Ohilins valve kit in each for and the replace the crappy stock shock with a tastey Ohilins unit - total was about $1800 parts and labor - you can get the valve kit and rear shock for like $1100 , if in not mistaken, as long as they havent raised prices in a few months.The coolest things about the Z was that I had a picture of Jamie riding wheelies on my bike after we went for a test ride and it was set up perfectly - it handled simply amazingly after they did the work and set my swing arm angles and such - well, worth the outlay of cash.

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