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post #1 of 87 Old 11-07-2018, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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Vee 2 front fork cartridgeupgrade

I installed a traction Dynamics AK-20 kit in my 2018 XT. Very interesting. Even though it is very well tuned — spring rate, low speed compression — the Vee 2 for is technically a, as we say in my native tongue, a morceau de merge. For instance, there is really no piston/shim stack for compression, just a single washer with holes in it at the bottom of the fork. For all intents and purposes, it's not substantially more sophisticated than a damper rod arrangement.

But at least it's adjustable you say. Uhh, not really. Even though there is a compression damper on the bottom of each leg, they are almost completely ineffective. Indeed, my suspension guy — John Sharrard of Accelerated technologies — estimates that ten click of the Suzuki compression damper adjustment is equivalent to one klick of a premium system. I solved the situation by replacing them — the whole unit — with a Flow Control Valve from K-Tech meant for early R1s and R6s as well as Triumph Daytona 675s.

I'll be writing this all up in more detail for Cycle Canada magazine and will post the pdf here after it;s published
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How much weight did that add?
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I'm interested to read your report. I agree that the newer V Strom 1000's front suspension is not as good as what I expected and hoped for. If not too expensive, I would certainly be interested in an upgrade for dampening and rebound control. I watched the Race Tech Gold Valve installation video, and I see that the 1000's fork has some odd looking components which are clearly not modern pistons + shim stacks.

The big question I have, is whether the Traxxion kit is worth the extra money compared to the Race Tech parts. $1095 vs $540 for Race Tech (RT price includes valves & springs).

Thanks in advance for your report.

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I watched the Race Tech Gold Valve installation.
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That's the best thing going my man, I am so wanting to do the same for my 650....let us know how you like it.

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I'm interested to read your report. I agree that the newer V Strom 1000's front suspension is not as good as what I expected and hoped for. If not too expensive, I would certainly be interested in an upgrade for dampening and rebound control. I watched the Race Tech Gold Valve installation video, and I see that the 1000's fork has some odd looking components which are clearly not modern pistons + shim stacks.

The big question I have, is whether the Traxxion kit is worth the extra money compared to the Race Tech parts. $1095 vs $540 for Race Tech (RT price includes valves & springs).

Thanks in advance for your report.
Pretty sure this "kit" is literally the entire assembly.....literally drop in and go if it's the set up I am thinking?

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DL650 requires the Gold Valve Emulators from Race Tech and they do, almost, drop in. Drilling of the damper rods is also required. The Race Tech Emulator kit is $180, springs $130. Cogent sells their DDC kit for $300 and includes springs, DDCs, and 5w fork oil. No drilling of parts required for Cogent.
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Here is the link to the instructions from Race Tech. It's not a video, but rather picture by picture. This is for the 2014+ 1000.

IP FMGV S252502C V-Strom 2015


Race Tech parts are replacements for the compression and rebound pistons. The Traxxion is a complete cartridge assembly. I'm interested to see how it all works. The Traxxion has its own compression clicker (just one side) so I would assume the stock compression clicker would then be non-functional.

And one thing to note- I recall a few years ago and maybe Traxxion does it every year, that Traxxion had either a Black Friday or end of year discount on their cartridge assembly.
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Here is the link to the instructions from Race Tech. It's not a video, but rather picture by picture. This is for the 2014+ 1000.

IP FMGV S252502C V-Strom 2015


Race Tech parts are replacements for the compression and rebound pistons. The Traxxion is a complete cartridge assembly. I'm interested to see how it all works. The Traxxion has its own compression clicker (just one side) so I would assume the stock compression clicker would then be non-functional.

And one thing to note- I recall a few years ago and maybe Traxxion does it every year, that Traxxion had either a Black Friday or end of year discount on their cartridge assembly.



Buddy of mine has installed a few of these kits in Yamaha FZ9's, he says the difference is mind boggling.

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Here is the link to the instructions from Race Tech. It's not a video, but rather picture by picture. This is for the 2014+ 1000.

IP FMGV S252502C V-Strom 2015
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Thank you! I generally hate videos for this kind of information.

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