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Old 01-19-2007, 06:00 PM   #1
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RaceTech Valve on a G/S - Let's talk to Racetech

Does anyone with a G/S live local to Racetech and can go and ask a question: since TomMcBride had his G/S forks done years ago, there must be a way. He never said how much it was but it wouldn't hurt to ask.
Maybe we can go as far as using some marketing intelligence to have them manufacture a larger qty for the G/S's? I am sure if they manufacture say 50-100 sets they would be "gone in 60 sec"! The cost to design can't be that high, it would probably be a modification of the FEGV S3802. I think it is worth to ask. They may be listening just now? Racetech, are you there?

I want a better front fork action for far less than half the price of a used GS front end!

Any thoughts on that idea?

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Old 01-19-2007, 06:30 PM   #2
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Does anyone with a G/S live local to Racetech and can go and ask a question: since TomMcBride had his G/S forks done years ago, there must be a way. He never said how much it was but it wouldn't hurt to ask.
Any thoughts on that idea?
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I am up for it.
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Old 01-19-2007, 06:33 PM   #3
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Old 01-19-2007, 06:37 PM   #4
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Old 01-19-2007, 07:51 PM   #5
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Old 01-19-2007, 09:08 PM   #6
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I don't know anything about any of this, but I do know that the shop at which I just got my wheel fixed is an authorized race tech dealer. Oh yah, they are also honest, knowledgable, and pretty close to being perfectionists. They might be able to help if you want me to talk to them.

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Old 01-20-2007, 02:02 AM   #7
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I'd be up for a set for my '83 G/S.

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Old 01-20-2007, 02:25 AM   #8
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Guys,

here in Oz there's plenty of 80 and 100gs's fitted with racetech cartridge emulators, there's no problem getting the right size. The only drama is the later bikes with compression damping on one side only, the emulators are only sold in pairs so you have to buy 2 or find another guy who wants one as well.

I have the emulators in my 750 Africa twin, what a difference !!!, many of my friends on various types of bikes with damper rod forks have had them fitted and all are impressed with the improvement to the action of the forks
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Old 01-20-2007, 05:48 AM   #9
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Wintonio, can't hurt to ask. Although I think we need to talk to the manufacturer directly. RaceTech is probably not even aware of the business opportunity here! Can you explain the problem to them and that we need say 25 sets (for 50 G/Ss) for a start, maybe they are interested to help the G/S community out. I volounteer to send a forkleg in for trials/installation.

atgreg: we are talking 1980-1987 G Slash S here, not the 88-95 GS (mind the SLASH!).

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Old 01-20-2007, 06:02 AM   #10
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I believe the G/S takes two emulators, unlike the GS. I think it's only those weird R100GSs that divide the compression and rebound damping between the two forks.
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Old 01-20-2007, 06:33 AM   #11
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Trvla, you're right.

I have gone further with an open letter to RaceTech in the Vendor forum http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=197887
and an email with the same Open Letter to their Sales Team. I want it clarified for once and for all whether they want that business or whether I have to buy a 40mm setup if I want something improved. It is never going to be a 43mm Marzocchi Extreme, but I personally don't need (can't afford) that.

Let's see what happens.

Any other suggestions?

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Old 01-20-2007, 07:19 AM   #12
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I'd be interested also. I've emailed race tech a few times and they never get back to you. I'd just gotten in touch with Mr Mcbride as to his g/s. Informed me they were PN# FEGV S3801. JT
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Old 01-20-2007, 08:51 AM   #13
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Most of the owners I have queried say they just called Race-Tech. They may just be one of those companies that doesn't repond well to internet communication.

If we do get a final answer I propose this info go up on the 'airheads tips & tricks' thread. list #'s for the (single) r100 and r80.

Also, there have got to be a few more people who have done the mod here on ADV, I know of 1, will send a PM.
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Old 01-21-2007, 09:56 PM   #14
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well, I guess if yall want me to talk to the race tech dealer, just PM me, let me know. Also, if anyone wants to split a set for a GS, let me know.
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Old 01-21-2007, 10:10 PM   #15
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atgreg: we are talking 1980-1987 G Slash S here, not the 88-95 GS (mind the SLASH!).Stephen
many old r80GS's have em fitted here, you just need to get the right size for the fork diameter and that fits the top of the damper rod, there's no specific fitments as such. Any suspension tuner should be able to supply the right ones and give a recomended setup on the valve spring preload. it's really not that hard
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