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Old 11-08-2013, 06:47 PM   #1
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since Sasquatch is MIA

who is the resident suspension guru?? wanna fine tune the suspension on my Vstrom/dnepr hack outfit.. already have an ohlin rear shock and progressive fork springs but was wondering if the springs that were meant for my weight while is wasnt hacked are still what i want.. also would like to find out about valving on both front and rear.. soooo whose the man?? tia
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Old 11-09-2013, 05:31 AM   #2
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Old 11-10-2013, 08:10 AM   #3
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Old 11-10-2013, 09:59 AM   #4
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I think we're better off with him out of circulation.
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Old 11-10-2013, 10:02 AM   #5
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Give Alex@konflictmotorsports.com a call , see what he can do for you .
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Old 11-10-2013, 06:43 PM   #6
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Old 11-10-2013, 09:22 PM   #7
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Old 11-11-2013, 05:29 AM   #8
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Old 11-13-2013, 10:42 PM   #9
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I'll jump in. I'm about to upgrade the suspension on my wee-strom to Ohlins in the rear and stiffer progressive fork springs up front. Going in tomorrow to place the order, and I'll get details on spring rates and parts numbers and post them up, to at least give you something to consider.

Take some weight measurements of your rig, set up how you will normally ride. In my initial conversation with the local Ohlins guy, knowing the weights helped him figure out what we needed to do. I weighed the whole rig with me on it, just the bike with (and without) me on it so I could isolate the amount of weight the sidecar was putting on the bike, plus weight measurements of each wheel so I could see the proportion of the total weight each wheel was carrying. I went to a moving company, and they took all the weight measurements I needed for $15.

That's just the static load though…obviously driving down the road, the suspension gets loaded and unloaded in ways the OEM (or even Ohlins) never imagined. My goal is to firm up the front for less dive, and to stiffen by quite a bit the rear so there's less sag when my fat ass gets on, and so there's less of a tendency for the rear of the bike to jack up on left turns. As it stands, adding the sidecar has really exposed the softness of the wee's suspension. Going down the road it doesn't feel particularly soft, but there is quite a bit of unnecessary movement and weight transfer going on with each bump and turn, and I think by increasing stiffness at both ends, I can get rid of most of it without killing the ride.
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Old 11-15-2013, 12:16 PM   #10
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Just left the local ohlins dealer a couple hours ago. Here's what we're going to try, then likely fiddle with until I'm happy.

For the fork springs, we're going with part number 08771-80. At this point, all I know is that it's stiffer than stock, which is a good thing. Will also do either some valving or emulators...more to follow as I dig into this. If it doesn't work, I may have to have a custom wind done, but based on feel alone, the front isn't too bad (although the scale suggests the stock spring should be as useful as overlooked pasta).

For the rear, I'm going with part number SU216, with a 120 nm spring. Should be ok without revalving but we'll see.

Based on the weight measurements that I took, the suspension is initially being set up for a nearly 400 pound rider, to account for me and the load that the sidecar and ballast places on the suspension. Figuring an extra 80-100 up front over a typical rider (and no sidecar), with the remainder on the rear.

Again though...that's the starting point. Parts should be in within 10-12 days, then the install & tuning begins.


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