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Old 03-19-2012, 03:15 PM   #6886
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FTI used 5W fork oil. I don't recall what brand (I'm at work). The reworked suspension doesn't make all the bumps disappear and magically float through them, but the distracting harshness is gone. I'm not thinking about how the bike is misbehaving when rolling through a fast sweeper on crap pavement any more. I was even trying to hit the roughest pavement and it was a big improvement over where it was. DISCLAIMER: my suspension had 44K miles on it and had never been serviced. How much of the improvement was due to a regular service vs revalve remains to be seen. YMMV based on how hard you ride, where you ride, and what your expectations are for suspension. Considering where I was (abused, beat stock suspension) I am very happy with the money spent at FTI (about $500) and would recommend them.

I've had the front brake pulsing thing when coming to a stop happen on and off for years. Seems that cleaning the rotors with a scotchbrite pad and cleaning the calipers makes it go away for a while on my SMR. When it returns, just clean them up again and it goes away. I just cleaned it all up good over the winter and installed new EBC HH pads up front and there was no pulsing at all yesterday. YMMV...
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Old 03-19-2012, 05:03 PM   #6887
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Aero,

I recall you had a brake pulsing issue some time ago. Checked but couldn't find your old post. Another local SMR owner is having the same symptom, rotors don't appear to be in bad shape and are well in spec thickness wise. How were you able to correct the problem?

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Do you know if they have ever repacked or replaced their wheel bearings? Sometimes bad bearings can lead to a pulsing feeling when braking.
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Old 03-19-2012, 05:42 PM   #6888
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FTI used 5W fork oil. I don't recall what brand (I'm at work). The reworked suspension doesn't make all the bumps disappear and magically float through them, but the distracting harshness is gone. I'm not thinking about how the bike is misbehaving when rolling through a fast sweeper on crap pavement any more. I was even trying to hit the roughest pavement and it was a big improvement over where it was. DISCLAIMER: my suspension had 44K miles on it and had never been serviced. How much of the improvement was due to a regular service vs revalve remains to be seen. YMMV based on how hard you ride, where you ride, and what your expectations are for suspension. Considering where I was (abused, beat stock suspension) I am very happy with the money spent at FTI (about $500) and would recommend them.

I've had the front brake pulsing thing when coming to a stop happen on and off for years. Seems that cleaning the rotors with a scotchbrite pad and cleaning the calipers makes it go away for a while on my SMR. When it returns, just clean them up again and it goes away. I just cleaned it all up good over the winter and installed new EBC HH pads up front and there was no pulsing at all yesterday. YMMV...

Was this $500 ish for fork and shock revalve and re-spring?
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Old 03-19-2012, 06:05 PM   #6889
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Was this $500 ish for fork and shock revalve and re-spring?
Fork and shock revalve (which includes a rebuild). No new springs required. The FTI web site has their prices listed.

http://ftiracing.com/?page_id=16
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Old 03-19-2012, 06:45 PM   #6890
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FWIW SPS installed Maxima Racing 5wt oil in the forks and Ohlins 2,5 wt oil in shock. Still haven't got her off the bike lift yet to test ride the suspension rebuild. Exhaust is re-wrapped and back on bike, not just got to finish the wheel polishing work and mount some tires and i can test her. Maybe ready by first weekend in April.
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Old 03-19-2012, 07:07 PM   #6891
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Thanks for the reply,

If you happen to get a chance, I'm interested in what brand they used. There is a HUGE difference in viscosity among fork oil weights. See chart in the following link for an example. Since you went to the trouble of having your forks re-valved you may want the brand info for future reference as well.

http://www.peterverdone.com/wiki/ind...spension_Fluid

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FTI used 5W fork oil. I don't recall what brand (I'm at work).
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Old 03-20-2012, 05:38 AM   #6892
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Aero,

I recall you had a brake pulsing issue some time ago. Checked but couldn't find your old post. Another local SMR owner is having the same symptom, rotors don't appear to be in bad shape and are well in spec thickness wise. How were you able to correct the problem?

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Try cleaning the bobbins between the disc outer ring and inner. Over time dirt and dust builds up reducing clearances and binding the disc outer. As it heats up in use and expands it cannot float causing temporary warpage.

Try a drill and lots of solvent cleaner, turning each bobbin until all the dirt has been removed. When all are clean you should be able to see that the disc outer can 'rotate' slightly on the disc inner.

This solved the problem on mine completely.
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Old 03-20-2012, 12:47 PM   #6893
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Thanks all for the replies, some great tips. I'll pass on the info.

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Try cleaning the bobbins between the disc outer ring and inner. Over time dirt and dust builds up reducing clearances and binding the disc outer. As it heats up in use and expands it cannot float causing temporary warpage.

Try a drill and lots of solvent cleaner, turning each bobbin until all the dirt has been removed. When all are clean you should be able to see that the disc outer can 'rotate' slightly on the disc inner.

This solved the problem on mine completely.
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Old 03-20-2012, 06:44 PM   #6894
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Old 03-20-2012, 07:00 PM   #6895
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More xlnt pics, GC8..now..where were those taken ??
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Old 03-21-2012, 02:10 PM   #6896
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More xlnt pics, GC8..now..where were those taken ??
Umm..... Im not exactly sure. I got up yesterday (on work vacation) and said..... "I'm outta here." So I hopped on the katoom and headed south/east....ish. Eventually saw some snowy mountains, (I love those) and headed that way. I think this is near fontana or somewhere in San Bernadino. Over 300 miles yesterday of complete wandering.

A few more w/ my little point and shoot.







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Old 03-21-2012, 02:21 PM   #6897
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Umm..... Im not exactly sure. I got up yesterday (on work vacation) and said..... "I'm outta here." So I hopped on the katoom and headed south/east....ish. Eventually saw some snowy mountains, (I love those) and headed that way. I think this is near fontana or somewhere in San Bernadino. Over 300 miles yesterday of complete wandering.
AWESOME. So are you keeping it or still looking to sell her?
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Old 03-21-2012, 02:41 PM   #6898
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AWESOME. So are you keeping it or still looking to sell her?
Still letting her go. On my outing's I found a trump dealer in the middle of nowhere. And I have a moto-erection for this.





I know it's a quarter of the radness our 950's are. But it's the one currently speaking to me

You guys have good taste in pictures maybe you'll dig a few of these from last week's "I'm outta here..."

I usually ride by myself so getting some of these w/ the self timer is a true effort in frustration















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Old 03-21-2012, 03:28 PM   #6899
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LOL...funny, the new Bonny SE is what's turning me on lately too,LOL
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Old 03-21-2012, 03:32 PM   #6900
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LOL...funny, the new Bonny SE is what's turning me on lately too,LOL
Weird right?!

When the mag wheels first came out I was like "F' that. Ugly 70's throwback." Now I love 'em.
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