Re: 954 fork spring rate advice
im pretty sure raceteck has a thing on their site that you can use to compute the spring rate needed for your weight. the stock spring rate .710kg/mm so the .96 sounds about rite.
i mean it street riding and your going to have a lot more road imperfections to deel with and a really hard set-up probably wont be your best option. might be awesome for a track where your running on fairly smooth n predictable tarmac but the street throws a lot at you. your not going to be running full on balls to the wall on the street all the time so you dont need to worry about blowing thru you suspension on every corner. you need some level of everyday comfort as well. of course there is a happy medium between performance and comfort. on the performance side you might find that unless you upgrade your rear shock or at least its spring your going to be limited by that aspect as well. you really hafta match your front set up to your rear or no dice. a good set-up is all about being even front to back.
and no the stock spring oil levels arent going to apply with aftermarket springs. really oil level has a couple jobs it does and the level or air space has mostly an effect on your bottoming out of the suspension. honda having put pretty soft springs in recommends that level imo because they probably realize a lot of riders arent going to be the 155lbs the springs are rated for. tweaking the level would have mostly an affect on its bottom end harshness. aftermarket springs are going to have a suggested air gap but depending on the rate you can get more or less of what your needs might be by adjusting it slightly.
i have the oem springs on my 954 which i just use for street riding. im in your weight class o its kinda soft but my best advice is even if you get better springs, find yourself a suspension guy. maybe from a local forum or something. or a specialist shop. here i found a retired ama suspension guy thats old and has a butt-ton of experience obviously setting up bikes. it has made all the difference. ive bee on bikes all my life on and off road and am mechanically inclined but the difference between my set-up and his on my 954 was night and day. let me tell you. night and day. so find a guy to help you out. my guy charged me 25$ to put the black art into my set-up n it was hands down the best money ive spent on the bike.
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