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Pre-2004 front suspension upgrade possibility on eBay

Can these slightly bent 2004 forks now on eBay create the adjustable function to pre-2004 non-adjustable forks by providing the dampening rods, springs, spacers, and caps for retro-fitting into the earlier tubes?

see: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/04-Ho...Q5fAccessories

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Hey Tom: It appears the parts swap should work. We have a link in the 919 Helpful Topics.

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Thanks for that link, Mike.

I had forgotten about that thread, but recognized it following your prompt.

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Thanks for that link, Mike.

I had forgotten about that thread, but recognized it following your prompt.
Just remember; In case you win the auction. You owe us a step by step How-To compete with photos. OK?

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Mike,

I want to confess: I made that swap about 3 years ago. I didn't take photographs. Today I wanted someone to tell me it wouldn't work...sort of like the aeronautical engineer who convincingly demonstrated that bumblebees can't fly: All his numbers were correct. But he forgot to tell the bees, so on they flew...

Someone else should grab those forks and document the swap with photos.

I spent $137.50 on mine. Maybe these will go cheaper.

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I thought about bidding on those but you can see the adjuster at the top has a dent. That's what I have on my F4I forks, the top of the dampening rod was damaged in fed-ex's hands. The seller wrapped the forks and triple in one layer of cardboard and shipped it that way. Incredible I'm still peeved ! Tom if you only spent $137. you got a great deal and stop looking at prices it won't help.

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I spotted those this morning too & have been thinking about merging parts of them with my '02 forks all day.
But I nabbed a set of RaceTech .9kg springs for $67.95 instead.
Someday I'll probably want some adjustibility, but for now I'll settle for what I got.

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my question is this. Is it better to have stock 04+ front and rear suspension on an 02-03 or should I just upgrade the rear to an 04 and put .95kg race tech springs in the front?

We have another baby on the way and with this crappy economy I'm trying to spend wisely.

I'm also not terribly dissatisfied with the stock setup, I've scrapped the pegs a few times with it already. I plan on having a few friends over this week to help me check my sag in the rear. I'm on setting 5 and it seems like it is sagging over an inch and I was told my Race Tech that the sag needs to be 25 mm (~ 1 inch).

By the way I have a stock 03 right now.

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my question is this. Is it better to have stock 04+ front and rear suspension on an 02-03 or should I just upgrade the rear to an 04 and put .95kg race tech springs in the front?
Been asking myself the same thing for several months now. I would prefer to have the adjustability of the 04+ forks, but weighing needs against wants, I feel like stiffer springs are more of a need and tunable settings weigh more towards the want.

Of course I came to this decision in an split second when I saw the springs for about half price after watching most sets of forks go for $200 or more.

My forks "bottom out", well maybe that's the opposite term, whatever... anyway - whenever I cross RR tracks, or any sort of buckle in the concrete or similar situation. It feels like I'm gonna blow the caps right off the fork tubes.

I figure eliminating this will prove more valuable than tunability (for now anyway).
Someday I'd still like to upgrade to 04+ & transfer the springs... someday.

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Are you sure you're bottoming out? I didn't think that was possible on a stock 919. Anyone elce bottoming out?

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I went flying off road once and dropped about 2 feet (in the air) from the road to some lady's front yard. Farmer ran me off the road. I don't know if I bottomed out or not, but I know the dust seals or whatever they are called, pushed a ring of dust up about 4 inches on the forks.

Omaha, Is it possible that your fluid just needs to be changed and go a little heavier on the oil? I know from my R/C Off-Road days that those little shocks could be fixed easily by changing the piston to a smaller or larger diameter hole and matching up an appropriate weight oil. Too bad every time I crashed that little car it cost me $50 bucks or I would still be in that hobby. Probably wouldn't have a 919 though.

Anybody on here bidding on these forks? I don't want to run it up for no reason. I'm debating on them and what they are worth.

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Like I said, not sure bottoming out is the right term...
Forks are compressing all the way to the point of a sharp, violent jarring motion.

I put stiffer springs & different valves in my mx bike and the difference is night & day. At the time I ordered those parts I was told that doing the valves at the same time as the springs would be a wise decision - makes sense to me.
For now I'm only going to do the springs on my 919, I'm on a tight budget & I just happened to come across a deal. Worth a shot, right?

cmurphy: I'm not convinced that different oil will do the job, I could be wrong though. I will be replacing it when I add the stiffer springs. (I'm a 200lb rider)

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Well, the bidding is over. Anyone here get 'em?
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I'd still like to see someone respring the stock Honda shock and report back....

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