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Hoping a 2017 owner can verify that the new Wee has preload adjustable front forks? I ask because the one I test rode did not have any type of preload caps on the top fork tubes. Most publications list this model as having front fork preload adjustability, but one Euro report listed the forks as non adjustable? Thanks for any info..
 

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I understand what you mean but just using Suzuki verbage :). Maybe a 2017 owner can chime in with info from the owners manual?

"Spring-preload-adjustable 43mm front forks and link-type rear suspension
with rebound damping adjustment and hand-operated spring preload adjuster."
 

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Well, despite the specs saying so, my '17 has no fork pre-load adjustment. Previous gens had fork caps with preload adjusters.

Since pre-load is used to adjust sag, there is no sag adjustment.

May see if the caps on my wife's '07 fit the forks for the '17. If so, I will try to pick up a set.

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Nice to know. Maybe Suzuki forgot some preload caps or used info from their < 2016 literature...
** Made inquire to U.S. Suzuki. They will have a service specialist call me today with more info.. **
 

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Just got off the telephone with a U.S. Suzuki service rep. The 2017 DL650 forks are NOT adjustable for preload/sag. I advised them to change their website info as it clearly lists that they are. He thanked me for that tidbit :(. Just some FYI...
 

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Well, you can adjust them but you have to be creative. Look inside them and see how they work. You can add or cut spaces to make some changes. I know, its not a slick way to do it but you can do it. (did it a lot back in my racing days)
 

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Well, you can adjust them but you have to be creative. Look inside them and see how they work. You can add or cut spaces to make some changes. I know, its not a slick way to do it but you can do it. (did it a lot back in my racing days)
Yup .. In older bikes I had, dropping a couple/few fender washers in each tube firmed them up a bit.
 

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I can understand removing the option. Front end sag is pretty much independent of load. Get the front in the correct sag range to begin with and it will stay there unless the rider puts a traveling workshop in tank bags, tank panniers and engine guard luggage. On the other hand how much more can adjuster type fork caps cost?

I'm going to answer my own question and am surprised at the answer. The different components in adjustable caps on the Glee list for $86.06 so two would list for $172.12. :surprise:

The list price for 2017 non adjustable caps is $42.16 so two would list at $84.32. Of course Suzuki isn't actually paying $87.80 more for adjustable caps but the difference times the number of units for a part that really isn't needed is a pretty fair chunk of change.
 

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I am just annoyed that it is in all the promo materials, press kits, specs on Suzuki's site, etc., but not on the bikes. That sucks.
 

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Keep in mind

Preload adjusters have a very minor effect. They do not change the front spring rate. They change the ride height. If the front springs are too soft, then you need new springs. If you are seeing too much brake dive, then a bit more fork oil might help. If the suspension seems mushy, then maybe a little heavier fork oil, or better valving. So maybe not worth a whole lot of angst.
 

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How do you like the changes? I am looking to do the same soon.
having Wee in the past I didn't complain to much. Wee2 felt pretty good for me (I'm about 180lb) but with upgrade on the front and rear the bike is just amaizing. Baisically no diving on braking, like train on railways on highway, like bonded in corners and I can fly 100km/h on gravel.
 

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Yup .. In older bikes I had, dropping a couple/few fender washers in each tube firmed them up a bit.
We use to drill and tap them and put an air fitting in. Then we would add a couple of PSI to them to help with the spring rate. Since a heat or even a full Hare Scramble was fairly short (A couple of hours top) they would hold air if your seals were good. It wasn't a perfect answer but it did give us a little help. I still have some new fittings left over from that...maybe I should drill and tap my new Wee2. :)
 

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Did you ever get round to trying the older model preload adjusters in the "17 machine?????. been thinking about trying that myself if they fit.....
 

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Did you ever get round to trying the older model preload adjusters in the "17 machine?????. been thinking about trying that myself if they fit.....
Personally, I wouldn't pay the money to buy adjustable caps.
Measure your sag, if you have more than 40mm make a longer spacer (a 10' stick of 1" schedule 40 PVC is about $4), by the amount of the difference. If you have less than 40mm, shorten the spacer by the difference. One time deal, you never need to mess with it again.
 

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Well I went ahead and bought a set off a 2015 DL650 and they fitted straight in. As you can see even with the preload wound all the way off it ads some over the stock settings, which is giving my a rider sag number of 36mm which feels really good. When I get back from my trip to Portugal I'll order a set of hyperpro springs and while fitting I'll shorten the stock spring spacer to make preload off closer to stock settings.
 

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