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Old 12-08-2012, 10:03 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by camgregus View Post
its the smoke and the mirrors, man
Unintentional psychokinesis.
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:59 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by Airhead Wrangler View Post
I went with 10 weight on the compression side and 15w on the rebound side and called it good enough.
+1, same on my GS and I've found this is a good balance for 70/30 street/dirt.

Next step is to set fork sag, which should help with brake dive and overall spring responsiveness.

I'd try the above before swapping springs, going to emulators, etc.
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:34 AM   #18
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I've got a Wilber's Shock on the rear, with progressive springs and a SJ cast fork brace on the front end of my '92 GSPD. Can't remember what weight oil I used...

The whole package works well for me. I found the SJ brace took a lot of the squirm out of the front end, especially when that big ass gas tank is topped off. Mind you I am a good 220lbs before I put my kit on so I'm putting the system under stress just riding around.
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:58 AM   #19
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Progressive 465 rear shock

Originally Posted by luxlogs View Post
Same situation here, need to rebuild my 92 GS forks and don't know which way to go.

Just bought a Progressive 465 rear shock from Dennis Kirk for $311 shipped. Would have rather bought an Oilns but for 1/3 the price Progressive is good enough.

Hope this thread takes off I need guidence.
Progressive 465 rear shock - I hear these are very good shocks - at a reasonable price. Please let us know how it works for you.

Front forks on my 89 gs replaced fork oil with ATF - ATF is 7 to 10 weight (dextron). Works great very happy. The gs airheads are good off road just stay away from the loose sand no fun. It's kinda hard to just crank on the gas to get the front wheel light to go through the loose stuff. ( think 2-stroke). Stock front forks are adequate if you really want to upgrade
Drz400 forks or dr650 fit I believe. But stock forks work!!

Do want to hear on the Progressive 465 rear shock as at 1/2 or less than an ohlins would be a good buy if it works.

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Old 12-11-2012, 03:19 AM   #20
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Originally Posted by Biebs View Post

Do want to hear on the Progressive 465 rear shock as at 1/2 or less than an ohlins would be a good buy if it works.

Havnt really tested it yet besides around the block, right now trying to find someone to help set sag and whatnot. Just slapped it on so far, no instructions, just Clymers for tourqe settings.

Nice piece of kit from the looks of it.
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Old 12-11-2012, 12:50 PM   #21
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My R100GS set up

My GS has Works fork springs, 10W/15W fork oil, SJ brace and Works rear shock. Very happy with the results. Mind you, I am not really off-roading with the bike, but it handles well at speed, soaking up bumps while NOT wallowing.
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