F700 fork upgrades?

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by Flashdog, Mar 5, 2014.

  1. Flashdog

    Flashdog Long timer

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    Is there anyone out there that currently makes new/upgraded internals for the F700 fork? Thanks
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  2. vtbob

    vtbob wanderer

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    Ricor makes the Intimadators ( a patented disc valve system) that in hances both compression and rebound control.

    I recommend this highly as used on my F650GS twin. I believe the same part works in the F700GS forks
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  3. GeeK_InsiDe

    GeeK_InsiDe Moore Gas!!!

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    In next weeks I'll install some Wilbers progressive springs, I'll post a review when it'll be done...
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  5. JRWooden

    JRWooden Long timer

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    +1 on the INTIMINATOR ... On sale now ... get them while they're hot!
    Seriously it's a good sale I've got no connection to Ricor other than being a happy customer.

    http://store.ricorshocks.com/bmw_s/47.htm

    If you go that route be sure to buy TWO quarts of their 5W oil...
    There's a long thread here somewhere on installing them ...
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  6. rightspy

    rightspy Crazy Dingo

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    +2 on the Ricor....made a big difference on brake dive. For me though, it isn't enough as I feel adding Wilber's or Hyperpro progressives will really round out the fork upgrades. The Ricor's are well worth the $$$.
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  7. 73datsun

    73datsun Been here awhile

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    What about folks with ESA?
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  8. JRWooden

    JRWooden Long timer

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    PS: One other thing ... on the Intiminator...

    Ricor will suggest you cut down the spacer tubes to offset the increase in spring preload as a result of adding the intiminators (IIRC it's about 5/8").

    Unless you are a very light-weight guy I would suggest you put it back together withOUT cutting down the spacer tubes and see what you think, then go from there ... :deal
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  9. GeeK_InsiDe

    GeeK_InsiDe Moore Gas!!!

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    ESA on 700 and 800GS don't apply to the fork.
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  10. Mike.C

    Mike.C Stelvio Dreamer!

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    Many moons ago we installed Ricor Intiminators and Wilbers progressive springs on the front without consulting a suspension specialist because I figured there were enough positive reponses on the internet to give it a go.

    It worked, but only sort off.

    A year or so ago I had a suspension specialist look at the whole setup.

    He advised ditching the progressives and replacing them with a custom made single rate spring.

    The difference is significant, it is clear to me now that progressive springs (at least on our F798 bikes and their unique setup) are not the best solution for travel on gravel, and depressingly the customs were in fact cheaper than the Wilbers although it cost us dearly to find out.

    Anyone want a set of Wilbers progressives? They are in my shed and going cheap.
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  11. Rgconner

    Rgconner Long timer

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    ESA on F700 seem to apply to the fork. The amount of dip on the front when you hit the breaks on Sport vrs Comfort is staggering. Comfort feels like it is going to pitch you, while Sport does not move at all.

    Tested on a full front grab in the parking lot, looking for the ABS engagement point.

    Edit: Buddy just pointed to the manual and said "nope". He figures it may be that the sport setting does not let the rear extend as quickly while braking, therefore making the bike squat more, rather than nose dive like it does on comfort.
    That makes sense, since we both have experienced it, so if it is just in my head, it is in his F800 head too.
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  12. GeeK_InsiDe

    GeeK_InsiDe Moore Gas!!!

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    I can confirm you that 800 and 700GS forks don't have any setting of any kind, electronical or mechanical.

    Deal with it ;)
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