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What kind of suspension setup are you using?

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I can't believe so many people are still riding the soft stock suspension. Do you all weigh 160 lbs? I'm about 240 dressed to ride, so I replaced both front and rear springs to get the correct spring rate.

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what did you replace the springs with? i would love to do the same, as im about your same weight
 
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nicoj122 said:
what did you replace the springs with? i would love to do the same, as im about your same weight
I got the rear spring from here, http://www.eshocks.com/hyp_ind.asp?Subgroup=2.0+ID&Free_Length=6
450lb spring rate. That is very firm, a 400 probably would have been fine for the street. You have to custom fit it to the stock shock since its a larger dia. and shorter.


The front springs are from Race Tech, a real easy direct replacement. http://www.racetech.com/evalving/english/Srchpr.asp?bikeid=307&manufacture=Kawasaki&model=EX500&year=94-01+&TABLEINFO=street&langname=english

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Racetech springs/emulators and gold valves up front, modified ohlins in the rear, full 17" conversion (my bike's an '89) with Pirelli Supercorsas, 110/70 front, 150/60 rear
 

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Stock on my EX500 since I just use it for commuting.
 

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Well, a well adjusted rear still sucks but its better than a non adjusted one. I have mine tighted up so it sags 1/4 when sat on, i also have custom made dogbones which help for 2 up and ride height.

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maverick9611 said:
richc10 can u do a step by step on what u used to modify your rear shock for the new spring?
I don't have the measurements so you will have to measure your stock shock. This peice was cut on a flow jet out of 1/4" steel,

Then I welded a ring of exhaust pipe on the top. You need two of those, one for top and one for the bottom. The ring fits snug inside the new spring to keep it centered. The cap from the stock spring in this photo fits inside the 1/4" thick peice.

Then just assemble with a section of exhaust pipe to get the right length.

A pretty easy mod, works great and really firms up the ride.

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The poll has no choice for modified front and rear. ???

Racetech springs and emulators in the front. Hypercoil spring with aluminum adapter cups for rear.
 

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RichC10 said:
I can't believe so many people are still riding the soft stock suspension. Do you all weigh 160 lbs? I'm about 240 dressed to ride, so I replaced both front and rear springs to get the correct spring rate.

Rich
I weigh 150. LOL

Next upgrade I'm doing is front suspension. I heard it's a night and day diff - 100 bucks and very easy to install.
 

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Soarand envison Let me know how it goes. Are you talking about just a straight front fork spring swap out or are you refering to also installing emulators and changing the fork oil to something heavier?
 
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Since it's my wife's bike it's stock. When I ride it (6' 4", 240lb), it BOINGS all over the place but it's still fun since it's so light. I have to take it real easy over bumps, changes in pavement angles, etc... or I bottom out the lower cowling/fairing.
 

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i like the idea of respringing the back along with the front, but i don't have anything around me to rig up those cups that are needed to do the rear.. so that leaves me stuck to some degree.

I did tighten up the rear quite a bit and it makes things better but not much
 

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well, now I have Race-tech springs, emulators, 15w oil up front and a penske double clicker in the rear.
the suspension is worth more than the bike all together now!! lol
 

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well, now I have Race-tech springs, emulators, 15w oil up front and a penske double clicker in the rear.
the suspension is worth more than the bike all together now!! lol
noice, i bought race tech springs, gona put them in, have to wait another month for dog bones in the rear. If i can save enough, maybe i will get works shocks in the rear.
 

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finally answering the suspension poll...

Stock on both ends right now. FOG bones will be ordered and put on this winter, along with properly adjusting the rear shock for my weight (probably about 180 w/ gear)

looking into front suspension improvements as we speak (actually found this thread searching for popular front suspension mods :p).

**update as of 4/25/08 - FOGbones went in during March, and .90 Sonic Springs went in a few days later. After cutting my spacers far too short, I've finally got enough preload in them (longer spacers on 4/25) that they make a huge difference. Bike is 100% different now. Brake and corner feel are much improved.
 
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