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Offline recman

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Oil/spring firming advice.
« on: August 12, 2018, 12:20:05 PM »
Hi all.
I'm looking to firm up the front end a little and as I got the bike six years ago when it was just two years old with hardly any miles, I'm pretty sure it has the original oil and springs in the forks.
I know its probably deteriorated by now but I don't know what grade oil is stock so I know where to start from.
The dip under heavier braking is a little too much.
Also, spring upgrade recommendations would be handy.

They're standard non adjustable 2010 forks btw.

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Re: Oil/spring firming advice.
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2018, 12:35:13 PM »
Consider getting a Maxton conversion for your forks....that way you will get new springs, oil and adjustable fork too.... :028:
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Re: Oil/spring firming advice.
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2018, 01:15:48 PM »
That's interesting but I have to say its a little pricey for me.
I'd like to try to get away with an oil/spring change if I could.

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Re: Oil/spring firming advice.
« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2018, 02:24:36 PM »
As a rouh guide, the OE fork oil is 5W so use heavier if you need more damping or lighter if you want less damping. Ideally you want the same damping as the rear so they work together - have a watch of YouTube videos and bounce it up and down as they show. I put slightly lighter weight oil in my front forks and it handles fine. The springs need to suit your weight so check the sag when you're on it; front travel is 120mm and you want to have about 30mm sag. If it's vastly different then get new springs. If the sag is about right but you want less dive then get some progressive ones - opinions are divided on them but I had some Hagon progressive front springs on a previous bike and it handled great. Never felt the need for them on the ST

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Re: Oil/spring firming advice.
« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2018, 04:58:00 PM »
Nice one.
I'll look into it.

 


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