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Question on 954RR Forks

I got an ohlins rear shock, and its definitely a step up, but the front is definitely very lacking. I really would like to get the Road and track forks, but they do not make them anymore for the 954 and finding a set is next to impossible.

So my question is this. I see the 1000RR forks on also 43mm however obviously the brakes are different. What about fitting those forks, and put on the 1000rr calipers, front wheel, and fender? Will that work, or should I just give up and just settle on Ohlins springs, and valve job and call it done?
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Re: Question on 954RR Forks

the revalve/respring is a lot cheaper and I've heard the results are usually very good. you could also get an ohlins internal kit.

if you can't convince them, confuse them.
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Re: Question on 954RR Forks

I've been thinking about trying some 1000RR forks in my 954 too, but after changing the springs and oil in the standard 954 forks I'm fairly content with what I've got for a $100 investment.

I do a fair bit of track work, and not much on the road anymore so my bike is set-up pretty firm.

If you want to take an incremental approach to the upgrade, try doing what I did and see what you think. The job took me 3 or 4 hours (I'm not a mechanic by trade) and has certainly made a big difference...obviously nowhere near a re-valve or internal kit upgrade, but good enough to be worthwhile spending the time and money before commiting a whole heap more...

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Re: Question on 954RR Forks

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I got an ohlins rear shock, and its definitely a step up, but the front is definitely very lacking. I really would like to get the Road and track forks, but they do not make them anymore for the 954 and finding a set is next to impossible.

So my question is this. I see the 1000RR forks on also 43mm however obviously the brakes are different. What about fitting those forks, and put on the 1000rr calipers, front wheel, and fender? Will that work, or should I just give up and just settle on Ohlins springs, and valve job and call it done?
the 1 krr fork is shorter abit but it will fit .you will need the 1krr caliper and front brake disc. the stock 954 brake disc is 330mm but the 1krr is 310mm or 320mm(later model) . Or You can also machine out a spacer to fit the 330mm disc. And you will also need a new set of brake hose. 954 front fender and wheel will fit.
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Re: Question on 954RR Forks

hikaru is correct. he's using a 06 1000RR fork on his 954, i'm using a 05 1000RR fork on my 954. anyway, i personally felt that it was not much of a difference in the stock setup vs the 1000RR forks setup.
a better difference would be to put an ohlins kit into it IMO.
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hikaru is correct. he's using a 06 1000RR fork on his 954, i'm using a 05 1000RR fork on my 954. anyway, i personally felt that it was not much of a difference in the stock setup vs the 1000RR forks setup.
a better difference would be to put an ohlins kit into it IMO.
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i do feel some diff. the stock spring of the 954 is .75 and the 06 1krr fork is much stiffer. How's the 320mm brake ? good? If not try the 330mm with the spacer .... they are great.

i thik i will run the 190 rear tires for my next change. the front now is lower abit and the 180 rear have a high profile.
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Re: Question on 954RR Forks

Just ship your 954 forks to Dan Kyle. Page 1 Have him do a revalve on them and put in the correct spring for your weight. That'll run you about $450 and the results will be nearly as good as the Ohlins stuff, really. He does an awesome job with the 929/954 forks in particular.
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hi,

i do feel some diff. the stock spring of the 954 is .75 and the 06 1krr fork is much stiffer. How's the 320mm brake ? good? If not try the 330mm with the spacer .... they are great.

i thik i will run the 190 rear tires for my next change. the front now is lower abit and the 180 rear have a high profile.
yes i have tried a 06 1krr, stock springs are stiffer than the previous models... it can go much, much stiffer in comparison to the 954, 04 and 05 blade.

about the brakes, i'm using a brembo m/c before and after i done the conversion... literally felt the same both ways, but i'm really satisfied with either 320mm or 330mm brakes
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Just ship your 954 forks to Dan Kyle. Page 1 Have him do a revalve on them and put in the correct spring for your weight. That'll run you about $450 and the results will be nearly as good as the Ohlins stuff, really. He does an awesome job with the 929/954 forks in particular.

I talked to him in my quest for Ohlins R&T forks, however I have a hard time having my bike sit there with no forks on for a few weeks if I send them to him. If I buy forks so I can ship him a set, might as well just find a set that will be an update anyway.
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I talked to him in my quest for Ohlins R&T forks, however I have a hard time having my bike sit there with no forks on for a few weeks if I send them to him. If I buy forks so I can ship him a set, might as well just find a set that will be an update anyway.

The 1000rr forks aren't much of an upgrade, and you'll spend a lot more money with Dan to get them working correctly. I don't think he can work the same revalve magic on the 1000rr forks, instead he puts in Ohlins internals. More $$$$. Your best bang for the buck is to just suck it up and ship him your 954 forks. He turns them around in a day, but yeah, shipping may take awhile.
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Re: Question on 954RR Forks

Yea I think what I meant to say and what has been lost in all this, was that I wanted the Road and Track Ohlins for the CBR 1000 since the 954 isnt available anymore and the guys that have them on their 954s hold onto them very carefully. I will probably do the spring, fork seal, dust seal replacement, since I have a lot of racetech super slippery fork oil left over here as a temprorary fix, but I want a long term good solution and it seems I have it, just so long as I swap out the calipers too....which can be cool too.
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Re: Question on 954RR Forks

Call Thermosman (Mike Fitzgerald 1-770-500-6445) he is a tops in my book as far as suspension goes. I can call him right now and ask him for settings and he will respond, he forwards his calls to his cell phone and has answered it and answered my questions while he was at an AMA event. See if Dan will do that. I am not taking anything away from Dan as far as his talents goes but customer service is a big part of the reason I went with Mike.

It's amazing how stupid some people can be.
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