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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-06-2020, 10:07 AM Thread Starter
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Front end work this fall

IS there a preferred barand of springs ? I used progressive Suspension on my Bandit to cure front end dive and want to fix the FJR as well
there is all Race tech and Traxxon I will also have all ball head bearings installed ( usually I would do all work myself but live in apartment and this one might be problematic ( never done it ) so will leave it to a motorcycle suspension shop near me .
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-06-2020, 10:58 PM
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I would guess either Progressive or ÷hlins.

Progressive is you are needing the, well, progressive reaction. Progressives always made my old bikes feel new again!

Orion is my first "sport" bike. I have not had any experience with the ÷hlins, other than what I have read. It is a stiff spring meant for racing. If that is what you are looking for, then consider the ÷hlins.

Let us know what you decided and how they work!

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I have forgotten which FJR you have (put it in your signature line).
I prefer straight rate springs over progressive type. The Traxxion fork spring kit comes with all you need, plug and play, no cutting spacers or calculating, and the price is right. Also a good idea to get the kit with the plastic spring guides, maybe an extra $20, but a nicer install.
You'll likely take the opportunity to replace bushings and seals, and get a truer 5W fork oil or even go 7W.
There is usually a tech day every year in Auburn... lots of great knowledgeable guys there who will be happy to help. Not sure when the next one is.....

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Race Tec also makes a line of straight rate springs.
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Following....

Just ordered a front tire in anticipation of throwing it on towards the end of the season. Between now and then I need a solid plan on updating.

Ray.... when you order the Traxxion kit, does it include the seals/bushings? If not, I would imagine they would carry them and I could order them with the front spring kit?

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No seals and bushings, you order OEM for that. Buying RaceTech or Traxxion seals and bushings ends up being more $$ usually than say Partzilla or Partshark....

The RaceTech spring kit is a good spring set, you must cut your existing spacers and since they want ~$50 for their plastic guides..... ends up being more $$... but the end performance function is the same.
The Traxxion kit comes with flanged washers to hold the springs centered and pre-cut spacers, and overall is less $$ than other kits.
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I have forgotten which FJR you have (put it in your signature line).
I prefer straight rate springs over progressive type. The Traxxion fork spring kit comes with all you need, plug and play, no cutting spacers or calculating, and the price is right. Also a good idea to get the kit with the plastic spring guides, maybe an extra $20, but a nicer install.
You'll likely take the opportunity to replace bushings and seals, and get a truer 5W fork oil or even go 7W.
There is usually a tech day every year in Auburn... lots of great knowledgeable guys there who will be happy to help. Not sure when the next one is.....
yeah i have seen that there is a guy named Auburn FJR .. at least on the other forum .. his last one seemed to be last Nov or so ..he should do another
mine is 2010 ... will try to add ..thought I did
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IIRC I went with GP suspensions spring kit. Straight rate springs are the way to go.

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