Re: Worth it to Have Forks and Shock Redone?
Suspension should be the FIRST UPGRADE on ANY BIKE, fireblades especially. You don't have to go out and buy an Ohlins or Penske, but it if you have the $$$, do it.
Front forks can be done by Dan Kyle, Lindemann and even yourself if you have some mechanical know how. I changed the springs and oil in my forks and it took about an hour. I didn't want to spend the money for a complete rebuild on my forks. I have been on a set of Kyle re-worked forks and haven't noticed a huge difference in mine vs. his. Not saying I do better work, but I couldn't really tell a huge difference. I did notice a huge difference with my buddies bike who had the Ohlins shock, DAMN, what a difference.
As for rear shocks, rebuilding one is around $400, I upgraded the spring only for $100 to see if it would make a difference, it did. However, if you are going to spend $400 to get the rear shock reworked, you might as well save up the cash for a Penske ($700) or an Ohlins ($900).
Last edited by Tank69; 06-22-2004 at 5:20 PM.