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Old 09-30-2010, 06:33 PM   #571
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Gary, is the next step Ohlins?

I blew out my fork seal and am looking at options since I'm going to be taking them apart anyway.

David
I am too cheap for Ohlins, I like to spend a fortune on cheap fixes first

Seen a couple of 2004 Husky 250TE tubes for sale and wonder if they could be made to fit.
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Old 09-30-2010, 06:57 PM   #572
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I am too cheap for Ohlins, I like to spend a fortune on cheap fixes first

Seen a couple of 2004 Husky 250TE tubes for sale and wonder if they could be made to fit.


The weight difference between the 250 and the 800 isn't a problem?
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Old 09-30-2010, 07:03 PM   #573
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Use the cartridge tube out of it. Respring(got that), revalve, drill and thread a hole in the bottom the 800 fork for the bottom valve and probably a host of other issues to make it fit. But the forks are only $200
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Old 09-30-2010, 07:11 PM   #574
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So when do you cut and run?

Good luck.

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Old 09-30-2010, 07:18 PM   #575
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When the Bitubos give their last breath of gas.
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Old 09-30-2010, 07:52 PM   #576
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Yes. Compression has been bumped up.
You INCREASED compression damping??!!

I want to decrease mine, smooth things out.
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Old 10-04-2010, 08:45 PM   #577
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Forks are done. Re-built and re-valved.
I managed to break a few shims. I could hear the pieces rattling around when I removed the forks.

I hope to get a ride in this weekend and report back.
The shop I dealt w/ was very cool. They spent a few hours making their own special tools to get the job done. Nice.

Here are some bits and pieces. Easy to see why things didn't feel right.

johngil screwed with this post 10-04-2010 at 09:01 PM
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Old 10-04-2010, 08:49 PM   #578
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Forks are done. Re-built and re-valved.
I managed to break a few shims. I could hear the pieces rattling around when I removed the forks.

I hope to get a ride in this weekend and report back.
The shop I dealt w/ was very cool. The spent a few hours making their own special tools to get the job done. Nice.

Here are some bits and pieces.
John,

If you could PM me the shop that you used, I would appreciate it. If you're really happy with them, I'd like to recommend them to folks with Bitubos that are looking to have them rebuilt.
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Old 10-04-2010, 08:53 PM   #579
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John,

If you could PM me the shop that you used, I would appreciate it. If you're really happy with them, I'd like to recommend them to folks with Bitubos that are looking to have them rebuilt.
I will post the info here after I get a ride in. I'll be the Bitubo guinea pig w/ these guys.
They are road racers, but didn't shy away from the job. They are also my local Elka distributor. That should be here in a couple of weeks.
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Old 10-10-2010, 06:29 PM   #580
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Well, all went well today up front. The Bitubos are back in action.
It is safe to say that the cartridges can be re-built and/or re-valved.
It's just a matter of finding the right shop.

http://www.catalystsuspension.com/

714-258-7501

Talk to Tige or James. They machined their own special tools to do this job. I hope they will be able to help out a few others like they helped me.
I plan on servicing the forks every 5,000 miles at this point. Seems like a good number.

I will post more if any problems arise.
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Old 10-10-2010, 08:54 PM   #581
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Been emailing some vendors asking questions.

Ohlins USA say they have a bolt in kit from thier road race suspension that they have been testing with BMW. No machining necessary.

Anyone look/try the Race Tech stuff? They have some interesting looking equipment.

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Old 10-11-2010, 02:07 PM   #582
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Well, all went well today up front. The Bitubos are back in action.
It is safe to say that the cartridges can be re-built and/or re-valved.
It's just a matter of finding the right shop.

http://www.catalystsuspension.com/

714-258-7501

Talk to Tige or James. They machined their own special tools to do this job. I hope they will be able to help out a few others like they helped me.
I plan on servicing the forks every 5,000 miles at this point. Seems like a good number.

I will post more if any problems arise.
Glad to hear it! They're also close enough I can just run my forks up on a lunch break (well, a long lunch but...). I'll probably wait a bit before getting mine re-done but get the compression damping softened up a litle bit while they're at it. I'll trade some brake dive for more compliance off-road.
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Old 10-11-2010, 02:18 PM   #583
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I'm using most of my travel, but not bottoming. Also not feeling the small trail trash anymore either.
Rebound isn't perfect, but alright.
Yesterday's ride was very "different". I was pretty in tune w/ the old set-up. Now it's changed. I won't put any worry in the situation until the Elka shock is installed. Then it will be time to get serious w/ this bike.
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Old 10-14-2010, 09:38 PM   #584
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Old 10-15-2010, 05:40 AM   #585
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A little cross posting here but anyone have any idea on price? Affordable would be great....so would super pricey so I can forget about it. Somewhere in the middle could be trouble.

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