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post #1 of 18 Old 07-05-2008, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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Springs or fork brace?

I've ridden 16k miles in my first two years on the road. I started on a KLR like many here. I guess thats where I learned my fear of a stiff crosswind. I admit it, it gives me the willies. Like steep downhill on gravel and compounded interest. Coupled with a recent (not wind related) low side, I now know just how hard the pavement is. I guess life is a series of getting over it.

So, let me stop there with the philosophy (too much Stella?). Which would help the most, springs or brace, by adding a little stability and allot of placebo? I may eventually do both, but I have a birthday coming up and the wife just asked.

Is it true that the fork brace can re leave some of the cupping on the front tire? Yes, I religiously check tire pressure to manufacturers specifications. Thank you for your responses.
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post #2 of 18 Old 07-06-2008, 01:02 AM
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If you have to choose between the two options, go for the fork brace first. It makes a significant difference in the front-end stability.

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post #3 of 18 Old 07-07-2008, 01:50 PM
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To tell you the truth, I'd plan on doing both. Sonic, I understand, manufactures a great replacement set of springs, and their website is helpful on deciding what rate you need. Figure the Strom's weight at 485lbs wet. I put a fork brace on my Wee, and it made a difference in stability, particularly when the bike's loaded up for touring. I'll do a set of Sonic springs this winter.

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I really would recommend you do both. If I could only choose one at a time, I would do the SonicSprings first.


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I'd install the fork brace first.

Only because it's really easy to do.

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Thanks, you are all gentlemen and scholars of the first degree!
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post #7 of 18 Old 07-07-2008, 05:59 PM
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If you haven't lowered the triple tree on the fork tube yet, I'd do that and do the springs. If you have lowered the trees, but still find the bike unstable, I'd do the fork brace instead.
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Originally Posted by mtnhead View Post
If you have to choose between the two options, go for the fork brace first. It makes a significant difference in the front-end stability.
What he said. Can't say about springs without knowing how much junk in the trunk.

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post #9 of 18 Old 07-07-2008, 06:49 PM
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I would do both. If you purchase a Superbrace, it will probably cost you around $150. If you do the springs, (I like the Sonics), that will cost you about $100. Together, you will spend less then $300 on what I consider a major performance upgrade to your bike. This performance enhancement translate to increased safety and confidence in handling the bike.

The installation of the Superbrace will take you about 15 to 20 mins. The springs will take you a little longer. There are several threads here that explain how to do complete the latter task. I wrote one with included pictures when I replaced my springs in late Winter.

It's your birthday, go for both!

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I installed the fork brace and was suprised at the difference in a cross wind. I had removed my C Bailey wind screen because of instability and after installing the fork brace I put it back on and am very pleased with the results.
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