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post #1 of 10 Old 08-30-2019, 03:33 AM Thread Starter
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DL650/DL1000 fork swap

I have a '07 DL650 and have just bought a secondhand pair of '08DL1000 forks with intention of fitting them to the 650. Has anyone here ever tried it and what was the result?

The plan is to use the 650 fork bottoms (to match the 650 wheel caliper guard etc) and probably the 650 springs, with suitable spacers. Everything else should fit.

If anyone has tried this, or has any thoughts, I'd be pleased to hear them, particularly regarding re shimming the compression and rebound valves. I did find a guy on another forum who has done this, but apart from him reporting a positive result 2 years ago, hasn't provided any more info

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I THINK the fork tubes are different sizes but I could be wrong on that. If so it's going to be hard work. Not impossible, just hard.
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I THINK the fork tubes are different sizes but I could be wrong on that. If so it's going to be hard work. Not impossible, just hard.
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What would be the benefit? stronger longer tubes?
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What would be the benefit? stronger longer tubes?
Ditto: What is the goal?

In the SV650 world most folks swap out for 750 GSXR forks. I know it is not the same starting point as with a wee. But curious what you expect at the end.

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The DL1000's have cartridge forks not just a tube with holes in it for damping. In practice they weren't set up that well in the gen 1 bikes but that can be fixed. IF the fork tube diameter is the same it's a good idea.
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They are the same diameter. I used a VEE upper tripple tree (rubber damped) on my WEE.

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I know the 1000 has a lot better fork action (much better ride) than my wee.
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post #9 of 10 Old 08-31-2019, 04:46 AM Thread Starter
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Ditto: What is the goal?

In the SV650 world most folks swap out for 750 GSXR forks. I know it is not the same starting point as with a wee. But curious what you expect at the end.
The main objective is better suspension on the 650. I've played around for years with emulators, oils, welding rebound holes, springs etc etc. I've got it pretty good but just know it can be better. The DL1000 forks have cartridges so I'm hoping for an improvement. Will report back when the job is done sometime in the next week or two. It actually looks a pretty simple job to swap, getting them tuned will be the difficult bit I think. I did come across one person on another forum who had done the swap, he used the standard DL1000 cartridges but altered the compression stack by rearranging the shims to give a softer compression stroke, he seemed very happy with the result. I'll strip and clean the DL1000 forks first, at least that way I'll know what I'm starting with.
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Perhaps this link will be of value, https://www.v-strom.co.uk/smf/index.php?topic=31305.20
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