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post #1 of 6 Old 05-29-2015, 10:39 AM Thread Starter
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Use softer fork springs with Ricor Intimidators?

In the quest for better suspension feel, I have upgraded for springs to what should be weight appropriate. In my case went with Sonic 1.0's and 15W oil.

Better, but still not happy. Ordered some Intimidator, and installed them with the 1.0 springs and 5wt oil.

Definitely has a nicer overall feel, but now I'm debating whether it now feels too firm.

On the Ricor website, they claim that the stock springs with the Intimidators might be ok for some riders, so I'm wondering if it is common knowledge to run lighter fork springs with the Intimidators?

I'm thinking of ordering a set of Sonic .90's or .95's to further dial in the feel I'm looking for.
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post #2 of 6 Old 05-29-2015, 05:16 PM
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Keep the springs and change the shims in the Intiminators to thinner or fewer shims. PM me for more info.

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post #3 of 6 Old 05-29-2015, 09:20 PM
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I'd agree with leaving the springs stock, though I just left the Intiminators stock as well. After a thousand k's or so they got to 'very nice'.
I found 2.5WT Motul fork oil was better as well, a lot thinner than recommended.

They are still a bit harsher on smooth seal than Gold Valves, but they control dive so well and handle the big ones so much better the trade off is worth it for me.

Rather than order new springs, just put the stockers back in, make sure the spacer is the right length and use lighter oil.

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post #4 of 6 Old 05-31-2015, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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I'll be installing a new rear shock (Elka), and will wait until I get that installed before making more changes to the forks. I think my suspension is "unbalanced" from front to rear now, so will wait and see how it feels with the new shock.

I did do a google search as for the shims on the Intimidators, not quite sure I understand the tuning with the shims just yet (do the shims act to restrict passage through the intimidator?)
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post #5 of 6 Old 05-31-2015, 02:33 PM
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I kept the stock springs and thought it was a big improvement with the Intiminators compared to before. I am not a suspension specialist but I would try the stock springs (progressive) first with the correct spacer as mentioned before. If you still don't like it you can easily change to other springs later. I used their recommended oil weight and did not make any changes to the Intiminators.

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post #6 of 6 Old 06-03-2015, 07:27 AM
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not knowing your weight, it would be difficult judge the relative benefit of firmer spring with intiminator.

with my current 95kg/210lb+ out of shower weight, i find 0.90kg spring serves my usage well.

I believe Ricor now ships intiminator for vstrom with 0.012 x 5 shims which provide a quite firm compression damping with the recommend fluid. It used to be crazy firm.

If like to dial in the suspension just the way you like it, i recommend having a read of racetech's Suspension Bible - it helps you to interpret what you feel when riding and isolate the areas you want to make changes on.

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