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  • Rear Shock or Fork Rebuild??

    I only want to alot myself so much this month on the TLR. Would I notice a greater improvement with rebuilt forks or a Bitubo rear shock? The cost is about the same +/- $50. I weight 195 and like to push it pretty hard on the canyon roads. What do you guys think?

  • #2
    Oye! That's a toughy...I rebuilt my forks with a Race Tech gold valve kit and beefier springs. I am very happy with the improvement made to the front end of my bike. We don't have shit for canyons around here but at the race track I ride at the change was hugely noticeable. Anytime you can take a stock item which is mass produced for a certain demographic and modify it to your specs it's going to be better. I can push harder through turns, and brake slightly deeper. Unfortunatley, I cannot comment on the rear shock for I am still running the stock rotary system.
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    • #3
      I'd change which ever one your having handling problems with

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      • #4
        definitely front end first. yes, stock rear damper isn't the best, but frontend feedback is more important for the human nervous system to do its job..straight rate springs and gold valves.
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        mo
        '99 TLR, M4, Yosh remap, Box mods,Ohlins rear, Race Tech Ft., vortex clip ons, homemade pegs, custom paint
        '06 KTM 450 smr, '04 BMW R1150GS, '95 kx500 desert bike, '76 RD400 project racebike
        '71 Honda 400 supersport project, 60's Honda c90, '05 GTI, '81 Scirocco S, '93 F250 Turbo IDI

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        • #5
          i'm doing both this winter, cause i dont want those weird tls high speed vibes anymore...

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          • #6
            Originally posted by moburki
            definitely front end first. yes, stock rear damper isn't the best, but frontend feedback is more important for the human nervous system to do its job..straight rate springs and gold valves.
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            mo



            I did them both but I did not swap out the rear damper, just had it modified. Biggest improvement was definately the front. Up untill I found this site and all the posts about how crap the rotary damper is, I hadn't really noticed it being that bad. Guess I'll have to wait till I swap it out and see what difference it makes.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by rupes


              I did them both but I did not swap out the rear damper, just had it modified. Biggest improvement was definately the front. Up untill I found this site and all the posts about how crap the rotary damper is, I hadn't really noticed it being that bad. Guess I'll have to wait till I swap it out and see what difference it makes.
              What did you have modified on the stock rear?

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              • #8
                Dont know, his secret. I'm guessing he drilled some of the holes in it or something. Also I do know he used a different weight oil in it. I've seen a mod going around on how to do it yourself. When Steve wakes up I'm sure he'll find it.

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                • #9
                  Found it ... On Steves site... durrrr


                  http://home.iprimus.com.au/stevebm/damper.html

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