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Old 03-05-2014, 06:13 AM   #1
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F700 fork upgrades?

Is there anyone out there that currently makes new/upgraded internals for the F700 fork? Thanks
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Old 03-05-2014, 06:24 AM   #2
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Ricor makes the Intimadators ( a patented disc valve system) that in hances both compression and rebound control.

I recommend this highly as used on my F650GS twin. I believe the same part works in the F700GS forks
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Old 03-05-2014, 09:12 AM   #3
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In next weeks I'll install some Wilbers progressive springs, I'll post a review when it'll be done...
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Old 03-05-2014, 10:47 AM   #4
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I ran across this the other day:http://www.amazon.com/Progressive-Su...ype=motorcycle

Cheap enough. They look similar to the Bitubo available for the F800. If interested ask them how easy it is to service, upgrade valving and the ability to recharge them.

edit. Maybe they won't fit.
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Old 03-06-2014, 06:31 AM   #5
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Ricor makes the Intimadators ( a patented disc valve system) that in hances both compression and rebound control.

I recommend this highly as used on my F650GS twin. I believe the same part works in the F700GS forks
+1 on the INTIMINATOR ... On sale now ... get them while they're hot!
Seriously it's a good sale I've got no connection to Ricor other than being a happy customer.

http://store.ricorshocks.com/bmw_s/47.htm

If you go that route be sure to buy TWO quarts of their 5W oil...
There's a long thread here somewhere on installing them ...
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Old 03-08-2014, 07:53 AM   #6
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+2 on the Ricor....made a big difference on brake dive. For me though, it isn't enough as I feel adding Wilber's or Hyperpro progressives will really round out the fork upgrades. The Ricor's are well worth the $$$.
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Old 03-08-2014, 05:47 PM   #7
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What about folks with ESA?
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Old 03-09-2014, 06:19 AM   #8
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PS: One other thing ... on the Intiminator...

Ricor will suggest you cut down the spacer tubes to offset the increase in spring preload as a result of adding the intiminators (IIRC it's about 5/8").

Unless you are a very light-weight guy I would suggest you put it back together withOUT cutting down the spacer tubes and see what you think, then go from there ...
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Old 03-09-2014, 08:47 AM   #9
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What about folks with ESA?
ESA on 700 and 800GS don't apply to the fork.
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Old 03-09-2014, 01:59 PM   #10
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Many moons ago we installed Ricor Intiminators and Wilbers progressive springs on the front without consulting a suspension specialist because I figured there were enough positive reponses on the internet to give it a go.

It worked, but only sort off.

A year or so ago I had a suspension specialist look at the whole setup.

He advised ditching the progressives and replacing them with a custom made single rate spring.

The difference is significant, it is clear to me now that progressive springs (at least on our F798 bikes and their unique setup) are not the best solution for travel on gravel, and depressingly the customs were in fact cheaper than the Wilbers although it cost us dearly to find out.

Anyone want a set of Wilbers progressives? They are in my shed and going cheap.
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Old 03-20-2014, 02:26 PM   #11
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ESA on 700 and 800GS don't apply to the fork.
ESA on F700 seem to apply to the fork. The amount of dip on the front when you hit the breaks on Sport vrs Comfort is staggering. Comfort feels like it is going to pitch you, while Sport does not move at all.

Tested on a full front grab in the parking lot, looking for the ABS engagement point.

Edit: Buddy just pointed to the manual and said "nope". He figures it may be that the sport setting does not let the rear extend as quickly while braking, therefore making the bike squat more, rather than nose dive like it does on comfort.
That makes sense, since we both have experienced it, so if it is just in my head, it is in his F800 head too.

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Old 03-21-2014, 06:15 AM   #12
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I can confirm you that 800 and 700GS forks don't have any setting of any kind, electronical or mechanical.

Deal with it ;)
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