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Hi guys,

has anyone here done anything about their front suspension (fork springs)?

While I find the rear shock quite adequate, I find the front fork both jarring on potholes and bumps, AND it dives a lot while braking.

I wonder if there's an easy way around this. What have others done? (of course option A is to live with the bike as it is).

Any other options?
 

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Can't speak to the latest gen, but I did a fork upgrade on my '09 with RaceTech springs and their Gold valves (similar to an emulator). The valves act as a "big hit" release/bypass valve so that you get nice compliance on small bumps or rough pavement but a softer response on the major bumps. Fresh fork oil in a 15 wt also helped. I assume that RT makes fork accessories for the latest Wee model, or will in the near future. For that matter, the forks may be identical internally to the older gen.
 

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+1 on Jamie at DMr. He sent me new springs and emulators which I installed. Required a little research, several hours over a weekend and a drill press. Huge improvement to the front suspension. Parts were around $200.
Just noticing it looks like you're in Europe. Lot's of options over there, I'm sure.
 

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Sonic springs and different fork oil

I'm 6'2"/230# on my 2013 Wee...probably an 85/15 to 80/20 rider.

I did an upgrade to .95 Sonic springs and 15wt fork oil.....schweeet! Much more planted, less front dive when grabbing a handful of front brake and just a generally better feel on the road.

Not a terribly expensive upgrade, well worth the time and fundage. Between the front springs and having the rear stock shock rebuilt by Sasquatch, bike is right where I want it.

Cheers..
 

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+1 on Jamie at DMr. He sent me new springs and emulators which I installed. Required a little research, several hours over a weekend and a drill press. Huge improvement to the front suspension. Parts were around $200.
Just noticing it looks like you're in Europe. Lot's of options over there, I'm sure.
One option would be to contact Jamie (owner of Daughtery Motorsports) and ask for his recommendation of a Euro suspension specialist.

Good Luck
 

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Stock springs are too soft for the majority of us, but proper springs/oil for weight and riding style is typically all which is needed.
The stronger spring in the rear is more important, that's where most of the rider weight and all the stuff we carry is. I ran the Intiminator with stock springs in the front and it was a big improvement. They are easier to ship to Europe as well ;-)
 

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Thanks all. I'll look into the intiminators. But do they need to be set up, or can they be dropped in just like that?
 

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I'll look into the intiminators. But do they need to be set up, or can they be dropped in just like that?

They drop in but you need to take the fork legs out and empty the fluid out. You need to make a different length spacer for the spring preload (PVC pipe works well) and you must use the specified viscosity fluid. It's designed to pass through the OEM guts of the fork without much resistance and the drop in stack gives you the damping and it is designed for that viscosity.
 

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Hi guys,

has anyone here done anything about their front suspension (fork springs)?

While I find the rear shock quite adequate, I find the front fork both jarring on potholes and bumps, AND it dives a lot while braking.

I wonder if there's an easy way around this. What have others done? (of course option A is to live with the bike as it is).

Any other options?
I totally agree with you that "I find the front fork both jarring on potholes and bumps." I'm honestly surprised that Suzuki found that acceptable (not that I have anything to compare it to). My strategy is to just deal with it for the foreseeable future as my farkling has eaten up the budget for the time being.
 

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I totally agree with you that "I find the front fork both jarring on potholes and bumps." I'm honestly surprised that Suzuki found that acceptable (not that I have anything to compare it to). My strategy is to just deal with it for the foreseeable future as my farkling has eaten up the budget for the time being.
I had the same feeling with my CB500X.

I threw some money at it (in the form of a rally-raid level 1 setup, which greatly improved things), but then 10k km later I decided to buy a Wee ;)

Don't want to make the same mistake again, I'm lusting after so many different models, I don't think it's wise to throw 'real' money at this bike (other than maybe another windscreen).

I may ride the Wee for 3 or four years, or I may not ;)

On my 'desire' list:
- Triumph Tiger 800
- Moto Guzzi V7 Rough
- Moto Guzzi TT85
- SWM Superdual T
- Yamaha XSR 900
- Triumph Street Triple
- Kawasaki Z900 RS

ah. I don't think a real suspension upgrade (to the sound of 500-1000EUR) for the Wee is in my future ;) (though if I can find a local source for the Intiminators, I may try to get those)
 

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Well buying budget bikes you can't expect to get high performance suspension.

Look for some intiminators in the used section here, they come up every now and then. Even new it's not a lot of money and makes a marked difference. And if you are so inclined you can even take them out again before you sell the bike since that mod is totally reversible.
 

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Well buying budget bikes you can't expect to get high performance suspension.

Look for some intiminators in the used section here, they come up every now and then. Even new it's not a lot of money and makes a marked difference. And if you are so inclined you can even take them out again before you sell the bike since that mod is totally reversible.
I'd never heard of intiminators until you mentioned them now and I looked them up. After what you wrote about them, and after reading other positive reviews, I'll have to add them to my wish list. Website says they're @ $175 now. Thanks for the head's up.
 
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