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Old 10-15-2014, 08:24 AM   #1
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Increase travel how too!

Has anyone documented step by step how exactly to increase the 950/990 forks from 210 mm of travel to your choice of travel up to 300mm ?
With pictures!
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Old 10-15-2014, 09:22 AM   #2
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Old 10-15-2014, 09:29 AM   #3
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Search results are not overly specific to put it kindly. !
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Old 10-15-2014, 09:39 AM   #4
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Plug this into google: site:advrider.com, 990 increased suspension travel
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Old 10-15-2014, 10:03 AM   #5
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Here is 277mm

http://www.powercellperformance.com/...res-2004-2013/
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Old 10-15-2014, 12:33 PM   #6
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Thanks guys for the links. I checked them out and did not find a hands on diy.
If there are a number of folks thinking about doing there own suspension increase I can post the details of a build.
Picked up a 12 Dakar recently and am going to get into it in a week or two.
Just picked up an extra set of forks on ebay today just for the heck of it.
I will not divulge my valving as that was earned, but the how too, no worries if it will help some of you out.
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Old 10-15-2014, 12:38 PM   #7
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dunno if this has been mentioned,http://www.ktm950.info/how/Farkels/a...05_s_conv.html
i sent mine away last year, cost £700 GBP
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Old 10-15-2014, 03:08 PM   #8
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I too am debating tackling this over the winter

At least the forks anyway. I would send the shock to someone with the tools to service. A step by step how to on the forks, complete with valving, would HAVE to be a sticky! (It would be severely appreciated anyway.) I done the reading and it doesn't sound like it is splitting atoms. I did download RaceTechs suspension tuning bible however and I think chapter 4 discusses the different atoms in the shock :-)

BTW mine is a 10 standard and I would be going to 990R dimensions.
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Old 10-15-2014, 03:52 PM   #9
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This is really not a big mystery. Simply pull up the microfiche of the bike who's suspension travel you want and purchase the fork parts that are different part numbers from yours.

Simply put you need the damper rod, the rebound rod and appropriate length springs. There is a terrific thread here if you are interested in revalving and a thread on Thumper Talk with everything you need to know about the nuts and bolts of it all that you should be very familiar with before you start.

The shock is best left to the professionals due to the special tools required and the nitrogen re-charge but largely consists of a different internal spacer and spring spacer or a longer spring.

If you do a search on this forum using the word revalve you will find these threads and more, in addition to the critical link the the Thumper Talk suspension thread.

Please correct me if I'm wrong?
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Old 10-15-2014, 04:36 PM   #10
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ah revalve was the trick.
Good info
Thanks!
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Old 10-16-2014, 02:26 PM   #11
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Like you, I was looking for a well detailed post on this for my bike. What I've been able to find is kind of parts of info here and there. Depending on the year of you bike you will need certain parts to replace the ones in your current suspension.

The shock is actually probably the easiest from a parts perspective. And if you know how to break one down you could do the work and have some local shop charge the shock for you when you are done.

The forks are actually more complicated, but only because you need to make sure you get the right parts on order.

I still haven't attempted this myself because I'm not confident that I'll get the right parts on order. I know, stupid...

Most would say that you really should revalve when you do this, and I think that is why most opt to send it to someone to have the work performed.

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Old 10-16-2014, 03:10 PM   #12
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Proper springs and valving for your weight and riding style are much more important than adding travel to your suspension. Then if you really need the extra travel and don't mind the seat height that goes with it have at it.
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Old 10-16-2014, 03:18 PM   #13
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Old 10-16-2014, 06:02 PM   #14
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Once the parts are installed for full travel you can adjust the suspension travel with limiting spacers as many times as you like if you want to put in the time. Two to four hours.
Cruise nite bring it down to 1 inch of travel and do burnouts.
Dakar bring it up to 300mm of travel and bomb!
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Old 10-16-2014, 06:03 PM   #15
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Have to have some really short springs for low rider night or have a bit of pre-load. :0
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