F800GS "Drop-In" Fork Replacement?

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by PenultimateMan, Oct 5, 2012.

  1. kaijb

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  2. Hamish71

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    So, I had been having a similar conversation with Gary. Custom triples could be had for under $1500, including everything you need excluding the ktm parts (fork, wheel, calipers, rotors)

    Lukas, can you use the 990 wheel with front twin disks, and twin brembo calipers? How do you get the calipers to line up with the disks given the triple will have the bmw spacing, but the fork ends will be whatever is on the WPs?

    Also, how did you get the abs to work?
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  3. Snowy

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    I have emailed Gary. Now I eagerly await the answer.


    Oh, and there are no R1200GS in the country, not until end of November. Order cancelled.

    They sold the demo KTM. I can only "test ride" the last new one they have if I sign the paperwork first. They want stupid money now, because it's the very last one they're selling before the new model 1200 thing.

    Super Tenere...buy in Sydney $18500 with panniers/bashplate/heated grips. Buy local $21000 and you get....nothing extra, plus they're all 2010 models.

    A new F800GS will cost $22000 on the road. There is really no significant difference between the new model and the original. Nothing worth trading up to at any rate.


    High time I bought a road bike and gave up on this shit. Maybe I could just start doing hard drugs...then it would all make sense. No wonder the bike industry here is completely shit.

    So I'm putting new tyres on my F800, full service, change the fork oil to 10 wt (from 7.5) to make it work better 2 up, and ride it until it dies.

    It is insured for a substantial amount....
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  4. murph76

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    i still dont understand why bmw hasnt addressed the 3 main issues:

    1. suspension

    2. wheels

    3. that fuct seat

    all this since day 1 have been shit - you would figure that the best enduros on the market would evolve and fix these problems instead of making themselves look like clowns- or me a clown for buying one.
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    Charity. I got mine in Reno NV and there was this gal named Charity...

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  8. Snowy

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    Price from the local BMW dealer. They were only $19K on limited time special offer. Then back up.

    An R1200GS was $28500 here, and I could order one for $27000 in Sydney.
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  9. Hamish71

    Hamish71 Been here awhile

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    Still 19k....19300 to be precise, at Doncaster BMW.
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  10. Snowy

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    That'd be great if they were anywhere near me.

    The local dealer was doing the R1200Gs-A for $1700 more than Sydney.

    Captive market of well paid professionals.

    The F800GS is $21900 and change locally, ride away.


    which is why I wont buy a new one.


    I have, however, ordered a set of custom billet Emig Racing triples for the F800 that are bored to suit the motoX forks I have a couple of pair of in the garage. They also have a steering damper.

    Game on. Money paid. Nails chewed. Now I want them....now now now now now now now


    are they here yet?:lol3
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  11. kaijb

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    What you need now is some Ohlins to fit those new clamps. Clearly they were giving those custom clamps away???

    Did you order the dampener as well to match the clamps?
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  12. Snowy

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    Of course I did. The clamps were actually pretty cheap. All the add ons took it to $1200 with express postage.

    I can use the standard front wheel this way, with single disc - short term. Then go to a bigger disc later.

    I need a new front rim though.


    Next week. I can only hide so many dodgy fund transfers off the home loan.....hehehehehe
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  13. kaijb

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    See...... for $1200 you get the front end you want on your terms for less than a suspension upgrade even when you factor in the forks. Plus Emig will allow you to bolt all the OEM stuff straight up.

    I have Emig's full kit on my bike and they rock. Even after five years when the dampener was a bit notchy (some bloke possibly worked them a bit hard), they offered to fix it for free when I asked to purchase a rebuild kit.

    I can't complain, only praise them and I am a miserable complaining bastard who only wanted a rebuild kit expecting nothing.....
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  14. Hamish71

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    I was going to do that, but have gone the other way. Working with Lukas to put a KTM triple, 690 enduro WP 48mm forks, motomaster 4 piston single caliper, 320mm disk set up on mine.
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  15. grndzr0

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    So, I like my dual front disks... I would like to keep them.

    Would I be better off just getting the ohlins, or

    Emig Tripples and find a 990 front end?

    Where would one source a 990 front end, or parts to build one? (for a good price?)

    Ryan
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  16. Snowy

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    eBay sniping is the best bet.

    I got lucky with a brand new set of RMZ 450 forks. They were removed from the bike by a race team, and put on eBay.

    $400 US.

    I can usually get sets a couple of years old for around $300 US. It usually cost me more to respring and rebuild them.

    All up, I usually get away with it for a total of $800 Aus.


    the local wreckers usually wants around $1500 for clapped out pieces of shit. It's a no brainer.
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  17. Snowy

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    Yeah the 320mm disc is the next step.

    I was looking at the axle clamps on the standard forks and thinking I can run with what I have for now and then get the standard axle clamps machined out to take the Showa fork.

    It's all achievable. Now that I've got it under way I can pull the standard ones apart and afford to wait while they get done. It doesn't impact on riding.
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  18. LukasM

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    Will be interesting to see the Emig kit. What all is included that it allows you to bolt on the rest of the OEM parts Snowy?


    If you are anywhere near Victoria maybe you and Hamish71 can get together and do a comparison later on, he is going with a very trick setup..

    BTW Morgwn, only the tubes are from a 690, internals are a a mix of 950 SE, 990 ADV, 500 EXC and some custom parts to get the length, stroke, spring rate and valving right. Different hydro stops, pistons, piston rods, rebound rods, bottom spring spacer, shim stack etc....
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  19. grndzr0

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    So is most of the 48mm WP stuff pretty interchangeable? So I could get 525 forks, then replace the bottoms (not sure on the terminology) with those from a 990 so that I can have dual disks and a wheel/hub that supports such?

    Ryan
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  20. LukasM

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    Fork bottoms / axle clamps are interchangeable between all 48mm WP open cartridge forks, but not between open and closed cartridge.
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