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post #1 of 12 Old 03-18-2019, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
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Front fork by Racetech too expensive ?

I got a quote for a front fork rebuilt, adding emulator etc etc. I find it a bit expensive for such job. It came out to be $1,500 parts and labor. Is this normal price for such job ? Can you think of a more accessible way ?

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Racetech is overhyped and over priced IMHO, you can get a set of drop in "top of the line" Traxxion Dynamics cartridges for the same as that, and be able to "easily" take them out and put into another bike if you so desire.
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Choices, choices- Emulators or Intiminators?

I used the Intiminators on my 650.
Very noticeable improvement especially with the brake dive.

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Racetech is overhyped and over priced IMHO, you can get a set of drop in "top of the line" Traxxion Dynamics cartridges for the same as that, and be able to "easily" take them out and put into another bike if you so desire.
Thats a good point. Do you know if what they have on their website fits 2018 model ? There is no option for that. Also, how difficult it is to replace it myself taking into consideration my mechanic skill level being, lets say, oil changes and replacing bulbs type of skill level.
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I used the Intiminators on my 650.
Very noticeable improvement especially with the brake dive.
Thats good info. Their shop is actually not too far from my place. Did you do them yourself or had someone do it? How difficult it is ?

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It appears to me that this quote is for a complete fork rebuild and a complete rear shock rebuild for a bike that is dropped off at their shop. I doubt that a 2018 is in need of a complete front fork rebuild. I have found Racetech's prices for component parts such as bushings and seals to be higher than OEM parts. If you want a more realistic cost for putting in emulators I suggest just pricing the emulators and maybe springs if needed and do the work yourself. If you do not feel comfortable with the job you could do it with the help of a friend, these are simple forks but the Racetech emulators do require drilling holes in the fork tubes which requires complete disassembly of the forks. Intiminators do not require the fork tube drilling. I put Intiminators and springs from a 2004 Goldwing in my Gen 1 which worked well for my weight. I recently bought a new 2018 and I don't feel the need yet to do anything to the front forks as they seem much better than my Gen 1 Wee.
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Thats good info. Their shop is actually not too far from my place. Did you do them yourself or had someone do it? How difficult it is ?

The forks need to be taken off the bike. That's the worst part of it.

The cartridges just drop in under the springs. The fork oil needs to be replaced.

One of the reasons I went with the Intiminators vs. the emulators is that the emulators require drilling out the holes in the damper rods. More involved disassembly of the forks and really need a drill press to enlarge the holes, well to do it right anyway.

That thread I linked talks about modifying the Intiminators. I didn't modify mine just dropped them in and they were fine for me. I was in the right weight range for the stock shim stack and fork spring. I believe that they will modify the stack if you are outside the range and recommend the right spring rate.
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I ordered the spring and emulator kit from Daugherty Motorsports when he rebuilt my rear shock. Cost for parts was around $200 plus fork oil. I installed myself which took part of a weekend and the use of a friend's drill press. Huge improvement to my bike. 2012 DL650A

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Gold valves are also an option. Build them to suite your weight and riding style.

I had gold valves in the 2 wheeled DR650 and Ricor Intiminators in the DR650 sidecar rig. Coupled with proper springs they are a dramatic difference over stock. All for about $250 to $300 in parts and and afternoon you'll be all set.

Not sure where you are located but if your close. Buy the parts drop them and the bike off and come back later in the day slap $200 into my hand and enjoy your reworked forks.
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Gold valves are also an option. Build them to suite your weight and riding style.

I had gold valves in the 2 wheeled DR650 and Ricor Intiminators in the DR650 sidecar rig. Coupled with proper springs they are a dramatic difference over stock. All for about $250 to $300 in parts and and afternoon you'll be all set.

Not sure where you are located but if your close. Buy the parts drop them and the bike off and come back later in the day slap $200 into my hand and enjoy your reworked forks.
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