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Sitting here looking at fork spring offerings to rebuild my forks, then it hits me. Has anyone swapped out the forks for better inverted forks?
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Unless you're riding it like a race bike I doubt there's much of a handling benefit to the extra rigidity that comes from inverted forks. For a few hundred bucks you can properly spring your front end and put fresh oil in them.

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Unless you're riding it like a race bike I doubt there's much of a handling benefit to the extra rigidity that comes from inverted forks. For a few hundred bucks you can properly spring your front end and put fresh oil in them.
Kind of my assumption on it, but wanted to ask to be sure. I don't have any plans on carving the corners anytime soon. Curves are not very fun right now with the forks being a little wonky, so i'm being easy on it.

I may try to find me a third gen rear shock and upgrade the spring on it to match the front.

ANYONE have a 3rd gen rear shock to sell??


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That being said, if you really wanted USD forks, you could probably adapt the late model FJR forks to your bike by swapping forks and triple clamps.

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I recently purchased a '14 FJR & considered upgrading the suspension on both ends so I called Traxxion Dynamics who've upgraded suspensions on several Yamahas for me. Their recommendation for fork upgrade was merely new springs & of course a fluid change based on your riding weight. I recommend a call to them. May give you some pathways to what you're trying to accomplish.
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The Traxxion fork spring upgrade is totally worth the money, and the good news, plug and play. Getting the optional plastic spring guides a good idea too.
You could try USD forks from an R1, but you'll likely need everything that goes with it, wheel, brakes, triple tree, fender and all attaching parts... not needed IMHO.
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Suspension quest update:

I haven't been able to call Race Tech or Traxxion yet. I have had to put my daughter in the hospital so that has complicated my time a wee bit. I did make a call to Cogent Dynamics and spoke with Todd. I am looking at roughly $845 for me to remove the forks, send to them, for a full rebuild. He did recommend a revalve which added another $350 to the cost. They use Race Tech springs and an Ohlins YA-056 with proper spring rate for my weight around $600.00
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Dave, hope your daughter's ok, wish her well.
I'll save you a bunch of money..... if you can remove the forks yourself, the Gen1's are relatively easy to rebuild (you or a local bike shop can do it). You do not need need new valving... at least install the Traxxion spring kit, ride it the rest of the year... the spring upgrade is the best bang for the buck ever. Spring rate will be 1.1, plenty good, light or heavy. Unless you're Ricky Racer canyon carver, you don't need valving, even then questionable. Track rider, different story.

Total, spring kit $130, bushings and seals ~$80, oil ~$25 and your forks are like new.


Rear shock another story, what do you weigh and what spring rate did he recommend (for my knowledge)? I suspect the YA-056 is a basic shock, manual preload ring, rebound adjuster. If you are doing any two up, or wish to have more damping adjustments you want the Remote Hydraulic Preload Adjuster (R-HPA)... likely +$250-ish. Worth it to me to tweak it any time easily without removing the shock (to adjust preload trial and error method). Take all the money you saved on forks and get the R-HPA.

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Ohlins YA-056 is a configuration of the STX 46 rear shock for 1st generation FJR.

I would think $600 to be a bargain.

Ohlins does not list fitments for FJR newer than 2012.

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Dave, hope your daughter's ok, wish her well.
I'll save you a bunch of money..... if you can remove the forks yourself, the Gen1's are relatively easy to rebuild (you or a local bike shop can do it). You do not need need new valving... at least install the Traxxion spring kit, ride it the rest of the year... the spring upgrade is the best bang for the buck ever. Spring rate will be 1.1, plenty good, light or heavy. Unless you're Ricky Racer canyon carver, you don't need valving, even then questionable. Track rider, different story.

Total, spring kit $130, bushings and seals ~$80, oil ~$25 and your forks are like new.


Rear shock another story, what do you weigh and what spring rate did he recommend (for my knowledge)? I suspect the YA-056 is a basic shock, manual preload ring, rebound adjuster. If you are doing any two up, or wish to have more damping adjustments you want the Remote Hydraulic Preload Adjuster (R-HPA)... likely +$250-ish. Worth it to me to tweak it any time easily without removing the shock (to adjust preload trial and error method). Take all the money you saved on forks and get the R-HPA.
Many thanks on the well wishes dude!! I’ve been raising her completely on my own and that is part of the problem. All we have is each other even though her egg donor lives in the same county. And that’s part of her mental issues. A mom so close but yet so far. Never contributed to her in any form. Back to bikes

I did find a 2016 rear shock absorber for under $200. I am ready to spend the money if you say it fits. Mine also has the hard/soft selector as the 2016 does. Right now I’m trying to save a couple of pennies, but everything I’m reading, the front is truly the issue. And I weigh 290lbs
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