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I'm about 225 fully geared and plan on doing some moderate distance, fully loaded touring with my Caribou and Maxia system. I plan on doing about 10% dirt...fire road type stuff. I also ride pretty agressively in the twisties. .95 springs were recommended for me, but that seems a little soft when I compare it to other rider setups on here...

Any input would be appreciated.
 

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who rec'd the 0.95s ?? did you email the guys @ sonic. found them very helpful...
 

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I'm about 220 without gear and I just ordered the 1.0s. I'll let you know how that works when they come in.

Cheers!
 

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Rich is the expert but I had 1.0s on my Wee. Just the feel I preferred (pretty stiff). As I recall when I ordered them, the chart said .95 but Rich called informing me of a back order and said they could ship 1.0s right away and there was little difference.

The Vee springs in my first 5000 miles ride a lot like those 1.0s. Any Vee pilots out there experience front end nose dives and add aftermarket springs?

Rod
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me too!

Anthony, I am a five pounds heavier and I really use my front brake alot. I was right on the cusp with the Sonic calculator, Rich advised me to go with the 1.0. and 15 weight oil,

They are going in this weekend.
 

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Wow!!!!!!

OK Anthony, I did it. First, I had what I felt was all the tools including a front lift stand by PitBull, which I had to put a 2x6 under each side-the Wee is a tall bike. I have a rear stand. Then I just followed directions. The biggest pain and only swearing was from that little square fender nut on the left hand side. Other than that it was easy!!!

First while the Wee was never that bad, I am a bigger guy and weigh 230. I have a Superbrace and it helped. Lately, I had really noticed front end dive, especially with a full tank. Then upgrading to S/S brakelines continued the dive. Although the Superbrace helped, after reading here and the other place and talking with some spring folks, I decided to do the Sonic Springs thing.

Rich from Sonic gives a pretty comprehensive guide, along with what I read on the internet. IT also help to have a 15/16 socket and or wrench to do the top of the fork leg, you can get by with a cresent wrench. I really cleaned all the dust from when I cut the PVC. I didn't bother with Suzuki's little metal pipes. Although there certainly isn't a reason you couldn't find pipe like that in a good plumbing section!

I used 1.0 Sonic Springs & 15w as recommended. I took er out for a good ride including Sunday I-40 traffic which is wall to wall semi trucks do 80+.

ALSO I RAISED THE FORK LEGS 3/4 INCH AS RECOMMENDED BY RICH!

All I can say is I wish I have done this sooner. I can take my hands off the bars and steer with my knees at low speeds. Expansion joints were a little rough so I backed of the preload a touch. What a difference between stock and now. Especially with a fuill tank of gas. I stopped and put 4.2 gallons in. Then I went and did some panic stops-AWESOME! NO more dive.

The bike holds a line much better and I purposely put it in the turbulence of a semi on I-40 for about 4 miles. It does help. On ramps were a blast. Much smoother. I thought it might become too rigid, but It is a very comfortable ride and the bike doesn't wallow.

I wish you the best.
 

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I have the Sonic 1.0s with 15W oil. Best singular improvement to the bike. I weigh 250, (down 27lbs and counting). Find the bike handles very well for me and a tremendous improvement over stock, especially front end diving under braking. I didn't raise the forks but did set the suspension sag as suggested in the Sonic website. Very impressed with the product and the customer service.

Safe riding

Bob
 

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Listen to Rich @ Sonic

Anthony-after reading your requirements, mine are different. I ride 95% street, I am hard on the front brakes, have only soft luggage. While many of the riders here are on 1.0's listen to Rich at Sonic. He isn't out to make a bad decision for you. I am about to go to Continental Road Attacks, or Michelin Road Pilots. I live in a good riding area, miles of superslab and dedicated twisties to 10,000 ft. I ride in the N Arizona to New Mex and S. Colorado area.

Because of your dirt riding requirements, you may choose to do the 12W fork oil. Dirt riding changes things. I am closer to 240 fully geared.

I would also advise a Superbrace.
 

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Only have two years under my belt and not a significant distance. So that being said (a semi-aggressive, semi-careful rider @ 225 lbs), I have 0.95 springs with 20wt fork oil and Race Tech emulators (the combination really helps with bumps and dives).

Front end is a little wallowy (correcting in slower turns) so am also waiting for the fork brace to see if it makes a difference.
 

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Race Tech has Fork Springs available now. Possibly rear. Anyone know the spring ID top and bottom. They are different some times. Maybe the length.
 

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I weigh close to 250 geared up. I have .95s on my 650 with 15w oil, and what a difference! With my Maxxis tires my bike is incredibly responsive-I feel like I can steer into anything I want with no problem. I had to get used to how responsive it was at first, and sharp bumps are a little harsh, but very happy overall.

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Good choice!

Anthony-
I'm 215lbs dry (no gear), and do identical riding to you, though I'm planning more dirt now that I have a set of TKC's! Anyway, I did the .95 Sonic's with 15W oil awhile back and would never go back. I run Avon Distanzia's for my commute (twisty mountains and 85mph highway runs), and find the handling of the Wee is remarkably improved. For the record, I also upgraded to SS braided brake lines, put on a Superbrace, and swapped out the handlebars to get rid of the down-sweep as well. I have a buddy who rode a stock Wee (suspension-wise) until he took mine on a 50-mile run and he made all the same mods I did the next weekend.

I hope you find the spring upgrade suits you.
Cheers-
A.S.
 
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