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Revalveing and springing your font forks

Im feeling really confident about swapping my front suspension out with Ohlins internals. But I have never done it. I have read the service manual many many times so I could memorize it. Can anyone point me in the way of finding the tools I need. I need the seal holding tool and couple other. I want to do my own upgrades to my 750 and 1000 and the suspension is 1st on my list.

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Im feeling really confident about swapping my front suspension out with Ohlins internals. But I have never done it. I have read the service manual many many times so I could memorize it. Can anyone point me in the way of finding the tools I need. I need the seal holding tool and couple other. I want to do my own upgrades to my 750 and 1000 and the suspension is 1st on my list.

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Send an email to [email protected]. He can tell you what you need in terms of tools. He does fork work for people all of the time at the shop, so he'll know. Tell him you're from TWF. He doesn't have his laptop home today, he's actually taking a day off, but I'm sure he'll get back to you tomorrow.

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Sweet thanks.

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You're more daring that I am. I paid someone to do it, more than I want to deal with. Let us know how it turns out.
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Im tried of paying people.
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Im feeling really confident about swapping my front suspension out with Ohlins internals. But I have never done it. I have read the service manual many many times so I could memorize it. Can anyone point me in the way of finding the tools I need. I need the seal holding tool and couple other. I want to do my own upgrades to my 750 and 1000 and the suspension is 1st on my list.

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do you just buy the ohlins internals and remove the stock internals and install it...that sounds like a nice deal, we use to just send them out to a place in california for revalving and it was like night and day..course anything u did to the front forks to make them better was like night and day back then...

what kind of price do u have to pay for the ohlins internals and is it better than just having the stock revalved with new springs and different fork oil weight??
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I'm about to order new springs for my forks from Race-tech! I know it's not much, but all I can afford right now, with the purchase of a new set of leathers looming in the distance.. Then will come some new race tech gold valves for on top... Not too many other options for the superhawk, w/o gettin in to some super cash..

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When you do it I could give you hand. Race-tech makes some really good stuff.

Where did you get your parts from?
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Sweet! The springs should be a breeze, but when it comes time to do the valves I will definitely need a hand!

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Have you done the springs before?
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do you just buy the ohlins internals and remove the stock internals and install it...that sounds like a nice deal, we use to just send them out to a place in california for revalving and it was like night and day..course anything u did to the front forks to make them better was like night and day back then...

what kind of price do u have to pay for the ohlins internals and is it better than just having the stock revalved with new springs and different fork oil weight??
Yeah they are like night and day. I had my front forks done by Traxxion on my TL and that was the best handling bike I ever had. It was 800 to have someone else do them and I can get the ohlins for like 280-350 in that area. I just dont know how hard it will be. I was hoping you would say you have done it and it was ez.
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Have you done the springs before?

Negative, but I was looking at the step by steps from others that have on the superhawk forums.. didn't see anything in changing the springs that would be hard... Is there something about that I will likely need help with?

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Are you changing the oil too?
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Yeah they are like night and day. I had my front forks done by Traxxion on my TL and that was the best handling bike I ever had. It was 800 to have someone else do them and I can get the ohlins for like 280-350 in that area. I just dont know how hard it will be. I was hoping you would say you have done it and it was ez.
ive changed springs, fork seals and changed bent tubes so i think ive had them pretty much apart. an air wrench is needed to get the lowere bolt off..but again these were older forks.. ... but with a manual i dont think there that hard...but with the new ones i cant say for sure...can always see how much a shop will charge if u bring them the forks.
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Yeah Im gonna give it a go and see what happens.
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Yeah Im gonna give it a go and see what happens.
no sence in having them do it .... if you cant do it THEN give it to them when u mucked it up
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Are you changing the oil too?

The oil in there is only a year old, I was planning on giving that a go at first, then seeing if I need to go with a different thickness or level depending on what it felt like... Think thats ok or should I plan on changing out the oil in there too?

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no sence in having them do it .... if you cant do it THEN give it to them when u mucked it up
hehe, wouldnt be the first time i brought in a pile of parts and had a shop fix it...
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hehe, wouldnt be the first time i brought in a pile of parts and had a shop fix it...
me either yamaha hate my dirt bike you know how hard it is to replace a friken air filter............ ...had you goin dident i no but one time i was replacing my piston wwrings and i dideverything right so i was ready to start it up and i kicked it .......no compression ....so i was like what the hell and just about had a frekin heart attack and then checked the boltz ..........i forgot to torque the dam head blots
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Twisty, when I posted before, I didn't realize you said revalving your forks. I already know what Roach is going to tell you. There is no reason to revalve your forks. Springs and fork oil, yes, definitely. But to be completely honest, none of us club level racers ever need to revalve their forks. Revalving is truly only beneficial to those who know exactly what their forks are doing and what they need them to do instead (e.g., factory racers). Many suspension places will tell you that you need to revalve them just to get $$$$ out of your pocket, and a lot of people fall for it. Just changing the springs and fork oil will do you a super world of good. You can still email him, but I just thought I'd give you that head's up.
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