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Old 03-30-2012, 07:29 AM   #91
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It is different now.

SPS's philosophy has changed from a while ago. When I talked to them about 4 months ago they recommended .64's for me as I was bottoming out the .54's way too often. About 230 kitted up - but no Safari tanks.
The .64's are a great improvement over the .54's with their "old" valving set up.
Waiting to hear what Geek has to say about how the new set up works, before I decide to send in my forks for a valve upgrade.

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Old 03-31-2012, 12:56 PM   #92
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James called me yesterday right at relief time, so I couldn't talk, but I intend to call him & ask about the off-road valving Geek mentioned and discuss other details about my build because I'm thinking this is going to cost an egg-and-a-half & I want to get it right.

Good of him to call so promptly.
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Old 04-02-2012, 02:53 PM   #93
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Talked to James today, seems like a good guy.

My build was actually moved UP, so I should be riding these sooner than I expected.

I can't wait...
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Old 04-02-2012, 03:41 PM   #94
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Mine is in transit back to me right now and should be here on Monday.

James and I spoke on the phone last week and I think we decided to go with some heavier springs (70s) and some more aggressive off road valving he's been working on (as well as a raise to 265mm).

I can't wait to see how it feels
Geek, what spring rate did James put on your shock? thanks!
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Old 04-02-2012, 03:53 PM   #95
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:34 PM   #96
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For those of you who also ride small KTM's James and company will set you up. I just completed a 400 mile three day ride in Baja and was very stoked on the set up SPS did. The bike moved freely through the stroke with no harsh bottoming or kick back from the high speed circuit. I've been riding KTM two strokes for 13 years now and this set up is far and away the best ever!
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Old 04-07-2012, 07:36 PM   #97
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They're heeeere!!

Riding impressions to follow.

I'm so amped, it's like Im getting a new bike.
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Old 04-25-2012, 04:19 PM   #98
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Like a little kid again!

Got everything put back together and what a profound difference: I took the bike for a short rip down a two-track and it felt like the 125's I used to ride when I was a kid, like I wasn't fighting it & it wasn't fighting the road.

Not much to go on, but enough to know a huge positive difference has been made.

I can't wait to ride it more.
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Old 04-25-2012, 04:43 PM   #99
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What length did you go to Nail?
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Old 04-25-2012, 05:01 PM   #100
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Stock length. I got into a pickle on the side of a hill in Left-Hand Canyon after I um...borrowed my dad's Can Am Sonic 500 in high school, and that pickle was due in part to the skyscraping height of that bike. I fought like hell to bring that thing home unscathed, and I just barely succeeded, and to this day I have an aversion to really tall bikes. I really was scared shitless I'd break something on that bike.

Anyway, I sense a potential for fun in mine that has been a while in coming, and I am so glad I didn't get this done when the weather was shit.
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Old 04-25-2012, 06:46 PM   #101
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Stock length. I got into a pickle on the side of a hill in Left-Hand Canyon after I um...borrowed my dad's Can Am Sonic 500 in high school, and that pickle was due in part to the skyscraping height of that bike. I fought like hell to bring that thing home unscathed, and I just barely succeeded, and to this day I have an aversion to really tall bikes. I really was scared shitless I'd break something on that bike.

Anyway, I sense a potential for fun in mine that has been a while in coming, and I am so glad I didn't get this done when the weather was shit.
Good to hear that the bike is now dialed in for you. And I think you did well keeping it at stock height, having the bike fit you is worth more than more travel, especially for those of us that still ride a fair bit of pavement.

The KTM is a different bike with properly set up suspension. . . . after almost 3 years with this bike, I still can't think of any bike I'd rather have.
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Old 04-26-2012, 07:44 AM   #102
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The KTM is a different bike with properly set up suspension. . . .
Night and day difference, it seems.

I can't wait to get started.
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Old 04-29-2012, 04:28 PM   #103
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Oh Me Oh My Oh!

My Superplush suspension is...Superplush!

I had 1" taken out of my '04, revalved both ends, softer spring on the rear and...it's a miracle! It's "Loosely Tight".
Coming from a street/roadrace background, I'm used to running a lot more damping. But now I'm learning to let it be loose, and it soaks up bumps like buttah, yet the chassis is still stable and dosen't pitch or wallow. Amazing.
I hit some nasty's today while leaned way over and braced myself for the usual front end deflection, but...nothing happened. The bike tracked straight through, no kick, no deflection. I'm blown away!
I am however gonna experiment with fork springs. I'm 155 all geared up and running 6.0's...they were a band-aid to the front end blowing through it's travel due to no mid-valve damping, and now they're way too stiff. I've got 65mm of free sag and 85mm of rider sag!
It's actually working great, I'd just like to get those numbers a little closer to normal.

Good Stuff!!

Thanks a Million, James!!
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Old 04-30-2012, 07:23 AM   #104
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Amen, brother: an epiphany.

Thanks, James! Can you work the same magic on my back?
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Old 05-01-2012, 09:53 AM   #105
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Just when I thought I'd seen the best of what SPS had to offer I rode my 300 on some single track I've been riding for years. Holy shit! These guys know what they're doing. I kept wanting to pinch myself as bumps I knew would kick back disappeared as if I were dreaming.
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