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Old 06-11-2009, 03:03 PM   #121
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Hey I tried to throw this thread a bone with my turbo-lag line but no one bit.
We should get back to the real problem here which is that I can't afford any of these suspension mods which is fine since I don't have any time to ride much anyways.
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Old 06-11-2009, 03:14 PM   #122
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This started out to be an informative thread on something lots of us are interested in, and has now turned into a dick-swinging contest.
You're telling me! btome's spin and clever editing really pushed this one over the edge.

Look out...its swinging back...WOOOSH.

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Old 06-11-2009, 03:32 PM   #123
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You're telling me! btome's spin and clever editing really pushed this one over the edge.

Look out...its swinging back...WOOOSH.

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Old 06-11-2009, 04:09 PM   #124
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DockingPilot, oh DockingPilot, come save us with more ride reports before we eat each other ...
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Old 06-11-2009, 04:47 PM   #125
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When was the last time you three got laid?
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Old 06-15-2009, 06:37 PM   #126
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Old 06-15-2009, 07:39 PM   #127
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pssst... a pictorial installation how to would be
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Old 06-15-2009, 07:55 PM   #128
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pssst... a pictorial installation how to would be
I'm working on it right now.
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Old 06-15-2009, 08:09 PM   #129
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this thread is the bastard child of the GS crowd and the thumper crowd.

not pretty at all.
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Old 06-16-2009, 12:17 AM   #130
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I guess it all started w/ this.

I thought the mighty 800 would suit me w/ a simple re-spring and re-valve from my trusted suspension shop. No go. This is when I find out about the douche that crimps the damping units so that they are practically unable to be re-valved.
I stiffened up the springs and upped the viscosity of the oil, but knew it was a desperate attempt to be happy w/ some pretty crappy fork action.
I was encouraged when the Bitubo kits came out, but couldn't seem to find much info about the kit or the pricing.
Finally, the good news. They were here. I picked up the phone and ordered a set.

In less than a week, my box was here! Unfortunately, my wife signed for it. I'm busted.
I ran the kit by my local suspension shop for an evaluation and to measure the supplied springs in case they weren't going to work for me.
Once home, I pour a little cocktail so that I may work at my full potential.

I am ASS U ME ing that most everyone can manage to remove the forks on their bike . I will pick things up from there..
The cap will have to be removed and the oil drained.


Next, the spring, guide and spacers need to be removed.

The old damping assembly can also be removed.


Here is a side by side of the new and old units.

I don't follow the instructions here, in that I install the spring so that I can tighten the cartridge unit w/o any special tools.




I will then remove the spring and fill w/ fluid.

I filled to 90mm w/o the spring w/ the 2 wt. oil provided.

Pretty much reverse the disassembly.

Screw the cap back on and re-install on your bike.
I may not ride until the weekend, but I will report my findings.

I was pretty tired when I wrote this up. I'll clean things up tonight.

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Old 06-16-2009, 12:28 PM   #131
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Good one John ! aint it a bitch to hold that camera, the parts and snap the photos ?
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Old 06-16-2009, 01:47 PM   #132
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Great pics. Just FYI, I purchased the Bitubo kit from herdans last week and got my kit on Friday night. Took everything out of the box and looked easy enough. I borrowed my friend's impact wrench (on your advice) and set to work. However, I decided to try it without taking the forks off the bike. I took the handlebars off, removed the stock springs and dampers and slowly lowered the bike until it was at the bottom of its travel. The fork legs at this point was near verrtical which made it easy to measure oil height. Followed the diections and it was a piece of cake. It took me less than an hour. I just wanted to let people know you can do this mod easily without fork removal.

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Old 06-16-2009, 02:16 PM   #133
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I just wanted to let people know you can do this mod easily without fork removal.
That's cool. Thanks Chuck!

This is looking like a better and better idea. The alternative is sending the forks to Trailtricks, which technically/functionally would be as good or better. Only downside there is being without the bike for a couple weeks.

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Old 06-16-2009, 03:14 PM   #134
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John,

can elaborate what you did when you went off script and installed the spring to tighten the bottom cartridge retaining bolt. Did you reinstall the spring and cap and tighten the cap down to add tension to the entire assembly so that the cartridge would not spin freely and you can tighten the bolt to the specific torque. Also can you specify what that bolt is torqued value is and what the top cap torque to dampening rod lock nut torque is. I have to do this all soon and would love it if some one with the service dvd could post all the torque values for this entire install. THANKS !!
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Old 06-16-2009, 03:21 PM   #135
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Bum, Yea, Im certain thats what John meant. I think it has a torque value of 40nm, but man thats awfully tight going into an aluminum body. Be carfull there.
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