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Old 05-14-2013, 05:42 AM   #1
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KTM 950 adventure S 2005, suspension upgrade

Due to scheduled suspension service I am planning to upgrade my fork and shock springs. We all know that .48 oem fork springs are one of the little issues that all 950s require an upgrade. However since I started looking for suspension springs, it was like opening Pandora's box!!!
First of all I noticed that owners manual states a 245mm fork and shock travel. However I realized that on the shock spring there is marked a 225-140, referring to travel and stiffness.
So my question is what should I go with!!!! Should I order a 225mm shock spring or should I order a 245mm. In case I would like to go with the 245mm option can it be placed using spacers or adapters?
Last thing, I am driving both tarmac and gravel usually with passenger and soft panniers. I am 1.85 height and weight 88kgr. Should I go with .58 fork springs and 150N for the shock spring?
Revalving is not on my plans due to cost issues, but will take place in the near future.
I am thinking to go with superpulsh or slavens products.
Any personal experience is more than welcome!!!!
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Old 05-14-2013, 11:28 AM   #2
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The markings on the springs are usually the free height and the spring rate, NOT the suspension travel
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Old 05-14-2013, 01:06 PM   #3
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The markings on the springs are usually the free height and the spring rate, NOT the suspension travel
Yap you are completely right!!!! I told u I opened Pandora's box!!!!
Suspension is a whole new chapter to me!!!!
Thanks for the info.
Any suggestions on spring rates???
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:17 PM   #4
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If it helps at all, I am about 75kg. I put in the .56 fork springs in my 2006. I didn't get a re-valve, but I think I really need one.

The .56s are right on the edge of acceptable for me as it is now. Sometimes I think that they are too firm (mainly riding around town), but then when I start pushing the bike harder off-road, I love how they work and feel. I think a re-valve would make the 56's perfect for me, but I don't have anybody local that will do it and I can't afford to mail the forks and the shock off to Super Plush right now. I talked to my normal suspension guy about maybe doing it, but he wasn't comfortable doing the re-valve because he has never done a bike this heavy.

The stock springs are a joke. My father set his bike with .52s and thicker oil (I want to say 10 or 12 wt oil), but it wasn't stiff enough for me and I bottomed the forks out all the time.
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:49 PM   #5
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After asking and googling......I decided to go with Superplush!!! I went for the .64 fork springs and 157Nt shock spring.
Wait for feedback!!!!!
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Old 05-14-2013, 08:33 PM   #6
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A revalve is so worth it.
I got my suspension back from Superplush this winter
and it handles fantastic, really night and day. I can not say enough about
how pleased I am with the setup. Aside from the full spring and valve, I had them raise it to 265mm, getting use to the 37.5" seat hight was interesting but it handles so good I forget that instantly.

I had put in SE springs (.59?) a while back which cured my bottoming out all the time but they were harsh hitting. Springs only fix part of the issue, don't get me wrong a big issue, but changing the valving is awesome!

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Old 05-14-2013, 10:09 PM   #7
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Mathew, I totally agree that a revalving is a must thing to do, but in order for me to send fork & shock to Superpulsh is kind of expensive. So it has been sceduled for the near future. I am waiting first to fit the springs and start with some basic settings.
I have to mention that staff from superpulsh have been for than helpful!!!! Really cool guys!!!!
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