Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Washington, the state
Do the front first. Rich Desmond, Mr. Sonic Springs and a strom rider and stromtrooper, offers excellent advice as well as excellent springs. Blair at svracingparts is also tops. (I'd get Rich's springs and Blair's RaceTech parts.)
First, get the springs that suit your loaded riding weight.
Second, find the fork oil viscosity that gives you the best response with stock damping.
Third, improve the damping with RaceTech cartridge emulators, modify the damping rods, and find the best fork oil viscosity for this set up. Alternately, Ricor Intiminator damping valves at the current price ($180) modified to Acerider's description including a modified damper rod work very well; I have these and like them a lot.
Next year do the shock. There might be someone who will modify the stock shock to improve the damping. I don't think the Progressive Suspension brand shock is enough improvement to justify its cost. Your alternatives are Elka, Öhlins, Hyperpro, Wilber, (is there another?). Doing without the remote preload adjuster saves a coupl'a hundred bucks. Two way damping adjusters (compression & rebound) are cheaper than three way (high velocity & low velocity compression & rebound).
"Older people who are reasonable, good-tempered, and gracious will bear aging well. Those who are mean-spirited and irritable will be unhappy at every period of their lives.
"Let each of use properly whatever strengths he has and strive to use them well. If he does this, he will never find himself lacking."
Marcus Tullius Cicero