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Old 08-20-2010, 03:58 PM   #1
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Is it worth replacing my front fork? I want to replace it with a new cartridge style fork like you see on sport bikes. I've been told this will be difficult. what are the other options? also my rear shocks are a bit springy. what would be a good replacement?
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Old 08-20-2010, 04:11 PM   #2
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Vintage Japanese bikes are cool. Unless it's already been hacked up, I think you should keep it as stock as possible. It's already 30 years old, and rapidly becoming collectable.

Find somebody who sells OEM parts and put it back to spec.
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I have just one thing to say about changing-over to a cartridge fork: Racetech Cartridge Emulators (contact them - they don't have your bike listed outright, but can almost-certainly help you)

Those, and a new set of springs chosen for the bike's and your weight, along with a new set of stanchion and slider bushings, and new OEM-type seals, and the forks will perform like you've never experienced on the bike.

Aside from Riding Instruction, it WILL be the best money you could ever spend on your bike.
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Thanks Airhawk. I'd already been there looking but I didn't know what the emulators were or if they were any good. I think I'll try new springs, oil, seals, and then I'll get some emulators and see how those add to the handling.
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Thanks Airhawk. I'd already been there looking but I didn't know what the emulators were or if they were any good. I think I'll try new springs, oil, seals, and then I'll get some emulators and see how those add to the handling.
You've got to have access to a drill to "disable" the effect of the damper-rods to install the emulators. No biggie, really - surely if you don't have one, a friend does.

Emulators are The Shyte, Yo. WAAAY better than your typical damper-rod fork. Not quite as good as a Cartridge Fork - but probably 97% of the performance for about 30% of the price.
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Old 08-21-2010, 01:23 PM   #6
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And look at Progressive Suspension for replacement shocks. You should be able to find a pair that work, and also retain the 'look' of the bike.
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