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Old 07-15-2014, 08:50 AM   #1
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XR650L Gold Valve installation question

Has anyone here installed a set of Gold Valves into their XR forks? I'm looking at them, not quite sure where in the forks they go. In through the bottom of the damper unit?

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Old 07-15-2014, 10:18 AM   #2
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Race Tech's original bolt-on fork valving system for cartridge forks. Gold Valves commonly triple the flow area over stock pistons, putting valving control on the shim stack instead of the piston. This results in outstanding tuneability, improved control, traction, plushness and bottoming resistance.
Includes complete instructions, Gold Valve Pistons, Valving Charts, and Valving Shims. Most models also include the "Technical Edge Fork Maintenance and Gold Valve Installation Video".
Note: Standard Gold Valve Kits are Compression Kits. Kits that end in "C" include both Compression and Rebound Gold Valves.
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Old 07-15-2014, 10:38 AM   #3
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I've rebuilt a few sets of forks and shocks before and I still have to admit Race Tech's "complete instructions" leave a lot to be desired.

Anyone who has actually done this install have any input?
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It looks like the valving that is being updated sits inside the damper cartridge. Has anyone made a tool to unscrew the bottom cap? I'm not sure if there is one that can be purchased.
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Old 07-17-2014, 09:39 AM   #5
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Did you get a video with your Gold Valve kit? Mine came with a video that was extremely helpful for my KYB fork on a Kawasaki. The video I had was for Showa and KYB USD forks, so your conventional fork will probably be a bit different...but I'd think their instructions and possible videos would be fork specific. The written instructions and diagrams I received with my GV kit were pretty good IMO...at least more than adequate for anyone who is attempting this job, and the video was just icing on the cake. Still, I don't claim to know what instructions came with a kit for an XRL.
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