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post #1 of 4 Old 06-29-2016, 12:33 AM Thread Starter
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Anybody install RaceTech Gold Valves yet?

I'm thinking of installing RaceTech Gold Valves in the forks. I want a smoother ride on worn pavement. The low velocity damping is OK, but I find the high velocity damping harsh.

Has anyone installed Gold Valves in their V2 yet? Any tips? I'm waiting for a response from RaceTech about suggestions for the set up, but no word yet. A friend has been to the RaceTech school and has the tools for the inverted forks; he'll do the interior work.

RaceTech says:
Gold Valves® are Race Tech's Custom Valving Kits. They are designed to break through the limitations of stock piston designs. Research has shown that the stock piston ports induce unnecessary harshness. Gold Valves are designed to reduce piston restriction so harshness is dramatically reduced. This also allows the valving stack to be personally tailored to the individual rider. Tests have proven that bottoming resistance is actually increased as the harshness is decreased. Traction is also improved.
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Kit FMGV S252502C with both compression and rebound valves is listed at $399 and available as low as $330. My friend says maybe 2 hours to do the job after I've got the forks off the bike. More like 3 if I help.

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Those little installs are pricey. You might want to talk to a suspension person mano a mano. The right spring for your weight and riding style and the proper wt oil might be a less expensive way of finding a good result.
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Vaporware. The Gold Valve kit for the V2 is listed on Race Tech's web page, but it isn't actually available. Not even Race Tech tech support can get one. Some day....

I checked with Rich at Sonic Springs. He's examined the springs and found that they're rated 0.75 kg/mm for the first three
inches, 0.95 for the last 3, with an inch of transition zone in between. He said that would work well for my weight. I've bought springs from Rich before, and I'd buy them again if he recommended a change. (We often talk of Suzuki springs as being progressive, but I think they're all dual-rate.)

The local indie shop owner has been to the Race Tech school, and he can do the job for much less than Race Tech charges, except we can't get the parts. Maybe next winter....

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