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I just got a 06 Vee that I’m riding with my wife on weekends. At about 350 lbs between us I need recommendations on front spring and or valve upgrades
 

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Gold valves or Ricor Intiminators + springs and fork oil to match not only you weight but riding style. Either of the manufacturers sites can walk you through this to get components matched up. Gold Valves you build yourself the Ricors drop right in. I've used both in DR650 and have found one no better than the other and either better than stock.

I was going to rework the front of my DL until someone suggested a fork brace. It made a drastic difference and I ended up going no further. Prior to the fork brace running over manhole covers was sharp and pogo'ed a bit after the brace the front really calmed down ad felt worlds better and more plush. Aggressive riding was the same result. There is a lot of flex in the long spindly DL forks a brace goes a long way in remedying this.

The only downside is a fork brace cannot correct damper rod fork "front end dive" if this is what you are after solving you nee to get fork inserts like mentioned above. Even HD springs will not correct this you need some valving to control the fork oil and how it moves through the fork.
 

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My personl favorite is Sonic springs. Rich is member here and V-Strom owner. There is a spring rate calculator on the site that will help determine exatly what springs you need and Rich can make a fork oil recommendation. That will address 90% of the valving and probably all that needs to be done.

Sonic Springs

My experience with 05 DL650 was a fork brace, and new springs made a world of difference. Nothing else really needed for the front. I found a stiffer rear shock spring was all that was needed for the stock rear shock. I got that from Wilbers.

That place has moved on but Wilbers is still sold n the US.

WIlbers America Home of Wilbers Shocks

If your wife needs lower pegs check these out. Along with our fork brace. It makes a HUGE difference on the Gen 1 DL1000.

https://www.adventuretech.biz/fork-braces.html

https://www.adventuretech.biz/passenger-peg-lowering.html
 

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Wilburs unfortunately doesn't have just a rear spring option for my 15XT. :(
 

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sonic springs (or any brand really) and gold valves. had mine done at a local shop and save the expense and hassle of shipping, not to mention taking apart the front end and putting it back together.

warning: once you do the front end proper like, you will hate the rear! so get ready to spend on the rear as well.
 

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I just got a 06 Vee that I’m riding with my wife on weekends. At about 350 lbs between us I need recommendations on front spring and or valve upgrades
I recently put springs into my forks. The change made a huge difference in the feel now while riding as well as total elimination of the diving front end when braking. The new springs are stronger and shorter than stock. I never had front forks apart before, and ended up doing it all myself (oil, seals, covers, bushings, springs). Just take your time and you can do it yourself if you are so inclined. Lots of info on this forum and all over the internet. One example:

And as mentioned from another poster, yep I am now looking into a rear spring. The hardest part of that is determining which strength of spring to get. I have talked or emailed with 5 different suspension gurus and I have 5 different recommendations -- from 9.6kg/mm to 14.7kg/mm. And I gave them all the same base information.
 
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