Fork rebuild


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aladdin
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Fork rebuild

Postby aladdin » Thu Oct 10, 2013 11:54 pm



I was going to rebuild my forks with Traxxion AK20 cartridges but they don't make them for the GL1200. As an alternative the suspension specialist suggested I use Race Tech 'emulators' instead. I was just wondering if anyone has the used the Race Tech 'emulators' to replace the standard valves when upgrading the fork springs or doing a rebuild? I was going to go with Progressives, but my local shop swears by Race Tech - they supply a kit including upgraded 'gold' emulator valves as well as new springs, which supposedly provide better modulation under compression, therefore better ride and more control. Anyone tried these yet? :?:



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wilmo
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Re: Fork rebuild

Postby wilmo » Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:05 am

Unfamiliar with those but just put in progressives in mine and they make a huge difference over the stock one. Don't know the price of the ones your jobber is trying to talk you into but at JCmotors, the progressives are on sale for $69 + shipping. A heck of a deal for great springs. If the Race techs are much higher, I would seriously doubt they are much better. Many people have upgraded to the progressives and love them. And at $69 you can't go wrong.

aladdin
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Re: Fork rebuild

Postby aladdin » Wed Oct 23, 2013 2:59 pm

wilmo wrote:at JCmotors, the progressives are on sale for $69 + shipping. A heck of a deal for great springs


I hear you Wilmo. Over here in NZ we really get hit hard with shipping, import duty, Gov tax etc.. The springs I have been quoted are around $370, the valves another $320, with seals and bushes its up to around $950 - thats without labour.


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