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post #1 of 5 Old 07-07-2012, 12:14 AM Thread Starter
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Suspension Upgrade Advice -- Suspension by Sasquatch incl. RT emulators in Forks

Hi, I need some advise from those of you that have upgraded / replaced your suspension on the DL650. My 2006 DL650 with over 67,000 miles recently died after I stupidly decided I had "one more ride in the existing chain and sprockets". That paragon of stupid decision making resulted in chain coming off and locking the engine, cracking the case and bending the valves. Result new (to me) used engine.

While having the engine swapped my mechanic suggested that since I basically have a new motorcycle with really worn suspension I should get it replaced.

I had my FJR done my Jay at Suspension by Sasquatch. I am leaning very much towards him doing the rebuild on My Wee as well simply because I liked what he did on the FJR so much.

My question is for anyone who has had him redo their forks. "I know that simply upgrading to new heavier Springs and new shims etc. will make a big change." Can anybody tell me if it is worth having him include the Racetech Gold Valve installed at the same time as the rest of front fork upgrade? It is about 150 to include RT Emulators.

Thoughts??? Just go with Strandard or is it worth including RT Emulators for another $150??

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post #2 of 5 Old 07-07-2012, 01:09 AM
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Yes, it's worth doing.

Not so much need on the 2012 model, but it was a night and day difference on my K6. The expensive Wilbers at the back was never quite as good as the front with emulators.

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post #3 of 5 Old 07-07-2012, 07:21 AM
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+1 on what PeterW has said - beware that u or the tuner need to some customization for it to work great.

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Thanks Gentlemen.

Guess I'll just go ahead and have him add the Emulators.

I appreciate the advice.

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I bought a pair of Ricor Intiminators, based mostly on reviews. They did stop brake dive but the forks became real harsh. Hard bumps would jolt my teeth. I credit much of the problem to the dealer using 10w oil instead of the recommended 5w. (It amazes me when they consider "we didn't have any" as a good excuse.) So as long as I needed to have oil replaced, I bought a pair of 1.0kg springs and had another shop do the work. A HUGE improvement. The forks are very responsive and the brake dive is still minimal. I'm told the Progressive emulators are adjustable but that feature had zero appeal to me. Anyway, I likes what I gots.
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