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post #1 of 8 Old 03-05-2007, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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Talking Wilbers to the rescue!

A package full of goodies from Wilbers Suspension arrived last week. It was fork springs and oil with a side of outrageous custom shock. High and low speed adjustable compression damping, adjustable rebound damping, and remote hydraulic preload adjuster. All sprung according to my weight and riding style of course! Saturday came around and man was I ready to tear into this project. After a week of rain the forecast was clear, breezy and 75 degrees. A perfect day to open the garage door and take it all in. The (four hour) install went smooth and the results look absolutely professional, thanks to the excellent supplied hardware. A test ride to Home Depot showed improved handling and a decent ride, though one that could be dialed in a bit better. Sunday responded with nice, dry 80 degree weather. It was one of those great days when everything's fresh and it feels good just to be alive. I headed for a local twisty, hilly area and - Wow! No fork dive, no squat, just a beautiful handling bike. The steering was so consistent during entering, leaning and exiting that picking a line was as easy as thinking about it. And dialing in the high speed damping left me looking for small pot holes and ridges just so I could laugh out loud as they got soaked up. A good day, a nice ride and newfound respect for this amazing machine. Go 650, go!

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For starters, Bill I like your avatar.

I'm happy you got you shock with the adjustable COMPRESSION damping. I went cheap and got the model without the adjustable compression damping... and I'm not lovin' it.
To my taste it has way too much HS compression damping.

On another bike I have full Ohlins suspension front and back (w/o adjustable compression damping) and those things work like a dream. I was expecting the same from these Wilbers. No such luck.

To anyone who might be thinking about getting a Wilbers, I think it would be wise to get the more expensive model with full adjustments.

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What weight fork oil did you use? Just curious.

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What weight fork oil did you use? Just curious.
I used 7.5 wt. with progressive springs. I specified sport touring use and this is what they recommended. The combination really works well. I'm 175 lbs plus riding gear = 190 lbs.

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I went cheap and got the model without the adjustable compression damping... and I'm not lovin' it.

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Call them and see what they can do for you. It's all adjustable (by them) and it would be a good test of their customer service attitude.

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Wilbers has a tendency to under spring the rear shock. Plus the progessives are not stiff enough, too much mush getting past the progressive part. just my opinion, I have a Wilbers on my FJR and had to redo all the factory settings including a heavier rear spring and cutting the progressives down. Pisser when they ask all the info for set up and still get it wrong. Took it to a professional suspension guru in the San Fran bay area and he fixed it right up. I am looking at a Penske for the Wee, soon.
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Glad I'm not riding an FJR

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Wilbers has a tendency to under spring the rear shock. Plus the progessives are not stiff enough, too much mush getting past the progressive part. just my opinion, I have a Wilbers on my FJR and had to redo all the factory settings including a heavier rear spring and cutting the progressives down. Pisser when they ask all the info for set up and still get it wrong. Took it to a professional suspension guru in the San Fran bay area and he fixed it right up. I am looking at a Penske for the Wee, soon.
Too bad about your experience. My suspension is anything but mushy and undersprung. Like I said, no dive, no squat. What was Wilbers response like when you told them? Did they make an effort to resolve the problem?

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Update

I got out on Saturday for a 160 mile ride. The first 80 miles was spent trying different settings on the shock damping, while the spring rate seemed spot on. Once dialed in the results were immediate. Confident solid control, smooth and responsive. The forks are no disappointment either, just firm and compliant like I never imagined. So I found myself near Mt. Palomar and I take the East grade. Three curves up I'm grinning ear to ear. Just point and shoot and the DL is loving 6k rpm. Same on the descent. So is there any bad news? Only this, I'm glad I got the fully adjustable version. The factory damping set-up had way too much high speed compression damping. If their less adjustable shocks are set like that . . . Ouch!

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