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I ordered new 95 kilo springs from Dan Kyle yesterday and just want to know if anyone else has done thier own. I didn't want to send my forks out in the middle of summer and have to look at my bike in peices for weeks while everyone is out riding. I have done fork springs before but I'm curious if anyone has any hints tips or warnings about the 954. I had to buy a special tool to remove the springs but when I look in the service manual it doesn't say anything about special tools required.
 

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Yes I've done my own spring change. I highly recommend that you purchase the tool from Dan Kyle. Its easy with the tool. I can't see how you would do the change without it. Ask Dan, he'll walk you through it. That alone is wotrh the price of the tool.
 

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I didnt need any special tools when I did it But it will probaly make it easier. Not much to them, if youve ever taken apart cartrage forkes they are pretty much all the same.

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How did you hold the spring down to unscrew the top cap? Tool slides between the spring and top cap so you can unscrew the cap without the spring flying up. though it was a lot easier with the tool. I guess either way works.
 

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I also did it without the tool, BUT it was a pain in the a$$. If I had another hand it would have been easier. Just buy the tool, then sell it on the .org.
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oldgoat : How did you hold the spring down to unscrew the top cap? Tool slides between the spring and top cap so you can unscrew the cap without the spring flying up. though it was a lot easier with the tool. I guess either way works.
Ya, shoved the spring down and slipped the wrench in.
 

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I also have questions about the install for you guys that have done it. I r'cd my .95 Race Tech springs (from Pete) and I've worked on conventional forks before but not the inverted type. The instructions talk about making spacers if required. Is this required for the 929 or is it just direct swap of springs? Do the forks need to be removed to make the swap or can they be changed on the bike? Did you change the fork oil and what weight of oil did you use? Any other useful tips would be appreciated.
 

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I used the Ohlins springs and they were the same length. If your springs are longer, then cut the stock spacers. If your springs are shorter then make new spacers.
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Depends on the length of the spring. If the new spring is say an inch longer, you have to cut the white spacer an inch shorter, etc. Just hold your new springs next to you old one. I had to cut my spacers for my springs.
 

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The guy I talked to at Dan Kyle said you just need to put the new springs side by side with the old ones and cut the spacer so the assembly is the same length as the stock one. I am going to go with the same weight oil and just renew it. I did have a question about the tool and how and when it is used as the tool didn't come with instructions. It looks like the peice with the handles is used to push down on the spring while you slip the notched flat peice in to keep it compressed while you screw the fork cap to the damping rod. If anyone could clarify it would be appreciated.
 

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you have it right. Its real easy .I was the same way when I did mine. Once you get in there its pretty easy to figure out. i didn't know what i was doing and it only took about and hour to complete. You'll probably need two people,its hard to push down the spring and slide in the spacer.
 

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Thanks oldgoat I had a feeling it wouldn't be too difficult I put the same rate springs in my ZX9R but they were right side up and the spring was easy to compress by hand.
 

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do the forks need to come off or can you access the springs through the top cap?
 

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I couldn't imagine how you would do it with the forks in the bike without damaging something else. But I suppose it could be done. In order to change the oil the fork needs to be turned upside down and pumped till it's empty. The service manual only covers spring removal with the fork removed from the bike.
 

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I left the forks on and extended the forks all the way with a small floor jack with the bike on a rear stand, then took the caps off. Once the caps were off, I lowered the bike to bottom out the forks and did the business.
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I used to hit that road from the oakland hills to the back side of castro valley daily on the way home from NAS Alameda. Great place to live, Sunday morning ride used to kick A$$.
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