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Old 01-01-2013, 11:26 AM   #1
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Front suspension roundup

So with spring somewhat on the horizon, I, probably along with many fellow F8 owners plan on the all too coveted front fork upgrade.... I've done a lot of reading, and was hoping to get a consensus of the pros/cons of each setup out there..... I'm really interested in functionality, longevity, and price. So far I think the following upgrades are available

Cheapest/easiest- New springs/oil

Cheapest cartridge set- Bitubo

Higher end setups- ohlins or traxxion

Cheaper but more difficult- front end swap

Anyone with experience please chime in with the pros/cons or any other options. Hoping that an all inclusive thread might help us that are looking to do this soon. Thanks!
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:42 AM   #2
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So with spring somewhat on the horizon, I, probably along with many fellow F8 owners plan on the all too coveted front fork upgrade.... I've done a lot of reading, and was hoping to get a consensus of the pros/cons of each setup out there..... I'm really interested in functionality, longevity, and price. So far I think the following upgrades are available

Cheapest/easiest- New springs/oil

Cheapest cartridge set- Bitubo

Higher end setups- ohlins or traxxion

Cheaper but more difficult- front end swap

Anyone with experience please chime in with the pros/cons or any other options. Hoping that an all inclusive thread might help us that are looking to do this soon. Thanks!
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Old 01-01-2013, 12:56 PM   #3
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You really can't beat the Traxxion Dynamics AK-20 kit with valving rates developed here by ADV riders.
The off road valving eliminates the harsh high speed compression jolts that go right thru your arms and kick your hands off the bars of the stock suspension. Adjustable dampening is nice and you just need to pick your spring rates from mid .50s to low .60s depending on rider weight and average additional loads.
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Old 01-01-2013, 03:53 PM   #4
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Call in Alex

I had my forks worked over by Alex of Konflict Motorsports. Great guy that really knows his stuff. For the 800 he has a custom fully adjustable solution. I have put 40+ thousand KMs on the set up in all types of conditions and they have been fantastic.

Alex is an excellent resource even if you don't go with his solution. He has also been chosen by Touratech USA as there tech for the new rear shock line. Like I said guy knows his stuff.


http://konflictmotorsports.com/
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Old 01-01-2013, 06:45 PM   #5
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I had my forks worked over by Alex of Konflict Motorsports. Great guy that really knows his stuff. For the 800 he has a custom fully adjustable solution. I have put 40+ thousand KMs on the set up in all types of conditions and they have been fantastic.

Alex is an excellent resource even if you don't go with his solution. He has also been chosen by Touratech USA as there tech for the new rear shock line. Like I said guy knows his stuff.


http://konflictmotorsports.com/
Is this a ship your forks in and they do the work type solution, or order a cartridge set and they send you the kit(similar to ohlins/traxxoin).

Whats the pricing on a setup for the F800?

Glad to hear the input from different folks on this
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Old 01-01-2013, 09:26 PM   #6
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Is this a ship your forks in and they do the work type solution, or order a cartridge set and they send you the kit(similar to ohlins/traxxoin).

Whats the pricing on a setup for the F800?

Glad to hear the input from different folks on this
The F800 fork solution is a complete service, all work is done in house (minus the machining). I sublet that out to ex-boeing machinists as they are much better than me on a lathe!

I do offer shipping cartons (gun cases) to ship your forks in with an appointment.

Listed below is the link to my ad in the vendor section.

http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...light=KONFLICT

I have also as of the 1/1/2013 started a 10% discount to ADVrider members that does apply to this service!
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:49 PM   #7
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The F800 fork solution is a complete service, all work is done in house (minus the machining). I sublet that out to ex-boeing machinists as they are much better than me on a lathe!

I do offer shipping cartons (gun cases) to ship your forks in with an appointment.

Listed below is the link to my ad in the vendor section.

http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...light=KONFLICT

I have also as of the 1/1/2013 started a 10% discount to ADVrider members that does apply to this service!
What about 2013 model F800GS?
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Old 02-23-2013, 02:07 PM   #8
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Konflict Motorsports

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I had my forks worked over by Alex of Konflict Motorsports. Great guy that really knows his stuff. For the 800 he has a custom fully adjustable solution. I have put 40+ thousand KMs on the set up in all types of conditions and they have been fantastic.

Alex is an excellent resource even if you don't go with his solution. He has also been chosen by Touratech USA as there tech for the new rear shock line. Like I said guy knows his stuff.


http://konflictmotorsports.com/
+1 for Alex
I called Alex earlier this week and he gave me a 1/2 tutorial on suspension (or lack thereof on my '10 F8GS). He didn't try to 'sell me' on anything, just gave me information, options and advice for my body type and riding style. I'm local to his shop and I've got an appt to drop my bike off the week of March 11th to swap out the springs in the front end and an upgraded shock on the back. Alex seams to be a nice guy and he know his stuff. I look forward to working with him and to get to finally 'know' what I haven't 'known'.
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Old 01-01-2013, 07:26 PM   #9
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AK-20 kit is around $1,200 and installs easily at home no need to ship forks anywhere.
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:56 AM   #10
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AK-20 kit is around $1,200 and installs easily at home no need to ship forks anywhere.
were do u get this kit , indy? and does it come with a rear shock too?
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:43 PM   #11
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Call Dan Anderson and discuss the AK-20 off-road kit for BMW F800GS:

TRAXXION DYNAMICS, INC.
261 Rope Mill Pkwy, Ste. 3
Woodstock, GA 30188
Phone: 770-592-3823
Email: info@traxxion.com


You can get a rear shock from others: Hyperpro, Elka, WP, Wilbers, Ohlins etc
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Old 01-11-2013, 04:48 PM   #12
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thanks indy

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Call Dan Anderson and discuss the AK-20 off-road kit for BMW F800GS:

TRAXXION DYNAMICS, INC.
261 Rope Mill Pkwy, Ste. 3
Woodstock, GA 30188
Phone: 770-592-3823
Email: info@traxxion.com


You can get a rear shock from others: Hyperpro, Elka, WP, Wilbers, Ohlins etc
thanks indy
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Old 01-07-2013, 03:35 PM   #13
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Does anyone already have a 2013 model and can offer some review of the new forks? Weren't they changed to a new make or model forks from ones used on older-year models? If so are same upgrades needed with new forks?

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Old 01-07-2013, 04:11 PM   #14
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Does anyone already have a 2013 model and can offer some review of the new forks? Weren't they changed to a new make or model forks from ones used on older-year models? If so are same upgrades needed with new forks?

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It's all there Steve, you just need to search a bit:

2013 F800GS forks and rims
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Does anyone already have a 2013 model and can offer some review of the new forks? Weren't they changed to a new make or model forks from ones used on older-year models? If so are same upgrades needed with new forks?

Thanks,
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They are WP. I can say that I have already bottomed mine out offroad (could tell by where dirt was wiped by the seals) and coming from a G650GS I notice way more front end dive when I chop the throttle or brake.
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