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post #1 of 17 Old 04-10-2019, 11:09 AM Thread Starter
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Question front suspension

Hi guys,

has anyone here done anything about their front suspension (fork springs)?

While I find the rear shock quite adequate, I find the front fork both jarring on potholes and bumps, AND it dives a lot while braking.

I wonder if there's an easy way around this. What have others done? (of course option A is to live with the bike as it is).

Any other options?
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post #2 of 17 Old 04-10-2019, 11:37 AM
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Can't speak to the latest gen, but I did a fork upgrade on my '09 with RaceTech springs and their Gold valves (similar to an emulator). The valves act as a "big hit" release/bypass valve so that you get nice compliance on small bumps or rough pavement but a softer response on the major bumps. Fresh fork oil in a 15 wt also helped. I assume that RT makes fork accessories for the latest Wee model, or will in the near future. For that matter, the forks may be identical internally to the older gen.
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If you want to have them rebuilt to your weight and riding style I suggest contacting Daugherty Motorsports. He can rebuild them any way you want and for a pretty reasonable price!
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Get some Ricor Intiminators, keep the stock springs. Use DMr for your shock.
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+1 on Jamie at DMr. He sent me new springs and emulators which I installed. Required a little research, several hours over a weekend and a drill press. Huge improvement to the front suspension. Parts were around $200.
Just noticing it looks like you're in Europe. Lot's of options over there, I'm sure.

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Get some Ricor Intiminators, keep the stock springs. Use DMr for your shock.
Stock springs are too soft for the majority of us, but proper springs/oil for weight and riding style is typically all which is needed.

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Sonic springs and different fork oil

I'm 6'2"/230# on my 2013 Wee...probably an 85/15 to 80/20 rider.

I did an upgrade to .95 Sonic springs and 15wt fork oil.....schweeet! Much more planted, less front dive when grabbing a handful of front brake and just a generally better feel on the road.

Not a terribly expensive upgrade, well worth the time and fundage. Between the front springs and having the rear stock shock rebuilt by Sasquatch, bike is right where I want it.

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+1 on Jamie at DMr. He sent me new springs and emulators which I installed. Required a little research, several hours over a weekend and a drill press. Huge improvement to the front suspension. Parts were around $200.
Just noticing it looks like you're in Europe. Lot's of options over there, I'm sure.
One option would be to contact Jamie (owner of Daughtery Motorsports) and ask for his recommendation of a Euro suspension specialist.

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Stock springs are too soft for the majority of us, but proper springs/oil for weight and riding style is typically all which is needed.
The stronger spring in the rear is more important, that's where most of the rider weight and all the stuff we carry is. I ran the Intiminator with stock springs in the front and it was a big improvement. They are easier to ship to Europe as well ;-)

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Thanks all. I'll look into the intiminators. But do they need to be set up, or can they be dropped in just like that?
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