F800GS Suspension Upgrade

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by machinebuilder, Aug 27, 2012.

  1. chris73

    chris73 Been here awhile

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    I don't have a pile of knowledge to offer on the subject, but the wilbers from ted's beemer shop looks like good value for the rear.
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  2. machinebuilder

    machinebuilder Long timer

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    On one of the suspension threads I laid it out, its been long enough I can't remember now.

    After having them for a while now I can highly recommend both the Traxxion Forks and the Wilburs shock, just don't be timid if you start adjusting, make a big enough adjustment to feel it.

    Start with the forks, stock they are far worse than the stock shock. IMO the forks were about 70% improvement and the shock 30%
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  3. HoloHolo

    HoloHolo 2 wheels !!!!

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    awesome, did you do the forks yourself or send them in?

    thanks
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  4. machinebuilder

    machinebuilder Long timer

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    I took the easy way and sent them in turn around was about 10 days. If I had the time I would have made an appointment and rode to the shop it's only near Atlanta
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  5. rossaduc

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    Try the new Deltran. ALso good but not lithium Braille, much better performance than stock.
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  6. Bucko

    Bucko In a parallel world

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    I did the HyperPro shock and fork springs last year. Shock is a big improvement, fork springs minor. Really need new internals there. I'm getting closer and closer to calling the folks at Traxxion.

    Took a big whack to both ends hitting a square-edged ditch in a washed out Nevada road last week:eek1 . Pretty sure I bottomed both ends, and thankful for my Scotts steering damper. I think it's the only thing that saved me from serious grief crossing that ditch. Now the shock is leaking at the remote reservoir/preload adjuster :cry. Hopefully can be fixed by tightening a banjo bolt, but need to clean things up first to see just what's wrong.
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  7. leftshark

    leftshark Been here awhile

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    I think most of the people here are on the right track. The hyperpro or any other good properly weighted spring is essential to any bike and especially the 800 if you are taking it off road. I think where more people go wrong is dumping a ton more money into it. I went down to 7.5W oil up front and messed around with the damping in the rear but I think too many people just don't ride this bike like it should be. Its not an mx bike. You have to manage the inertia and pre-plan a lot more and the margin for error is much smaller. You can always get an improvement from a new rear shock and better internals up from but rethinking how you ride IMHO is whats needed. I ride with my kids at our local mx track which is a bumpy, pounded out deep sand track and it requires all my attention but people are always surprised when they see me rip around. After 66000km on the bike i just don't see dumping 2k into suspension as required for off roading, i'm sure its "better" but I've never been stopped by the bike yet and off the track i ride with a good deal of smaller ds.
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  8. HoloHolo

    HoloHolo 2 wheels !!!!

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    Has anyone tried the tourtech progressive fork & shock spring kit?
    What are your thoughts?

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  9. adventureAF

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    +1 on this. I'd like to hear how much improvement this kit offers as well.
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  10. machinebuilder

    machinebuilder Long timer

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    Scroll down the page there is a thread about it


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  11. sarathmenon

    sarathmenon Armchair Adventurer

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    That link is for the old model F800GS. The shock springs should fit the 2013+, the fork springs are highly doubtful, since the 2013+ has 43mm WP.

    This topic has been beaten to death, the best field tested progressive springs are the Hyperpros, and they too are only a marginal improvement on the first gen 800s. Just look under the first sticky post on the forum, there are a couple of links there. Or, wait a couple of hours and itsadm will chime in :lol3
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  12. itsatdm

    itsatdm Long timer

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    I will save you some time. I am disappointed in what this site has evolved into. When I joined over 10 years ago, its 40,000 members that were pretty technically astute. It is now a cross between Twitter and JoMomma.

    As far as the early F800gs I have posted all the changes I have made and the results. It is for zilch apparently, because the same dumb ass questions have been asked and answered.

    No value to my posts? Suites me. My bike is set as well as can be done without going to the expensive cartridge changes.

    No skin off my back. Learn it yourself. Getting your hands dirty is a better learning experience that taking some anonymous advice over the Internet.


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  13. murph76

    murph76 Been here awhile

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    Though the search engine sucks and/or nobody's taken the time in awhile to add some of thess post too the links page and or straighten the links page out....
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  14. bbenn75820

    bbenn75820 Long timer

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    I appreciate your posts, time and effort. Thank you. Please don't stop.
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  15. Adanac rider

    Adanac rider Past My Prime

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    After reading your posts and evaluating your knowledge and practical approach to the 800 gs forks I will be saving a good chunk of change and enjoying a better ride.Thx :D
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  16. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv

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    fork wise there is no one here who has tested them out like itsatm. If you're not going for cartridge follow his advice they are worth gold and I mean it litteraly, the time you would spend in testing them and buying new stuff and fluids is gained by reading his posts.

    If you want some WP conversation with single disc ask LukasM,

    Cartridge kits ask Alex from Konfliks who is a member here. Sometimes you just have to use google with the right words + advrider and when you find a thread don't hesitate to drop someone a PM.
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  17. HoloHolo

    HoloHolo 2 wheels !!!!

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    Thanks for the Intel. I found a series of post regarding suspension under the bmw site, bikes, gspot, parallel universe with ADVrider. Tons of info here, tons to read and digest. Looks like I'm going to go the easy route with hyperpro springs. The forks are torn down and ready for delivery of new springs, seals and oil.


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  18. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv

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    Hyperpro springs are a good choice. I've had them for two years now and was very pleased with them in the beginning. It's time to upgrade now since it doesn't cure the dive it just makes it less worse, very good on road, they bottom out on hard stuff. Now waiting for the touratech stuff to arrive (since august btw -.-).

    It's the best bang for the buck for now, see how it suits your boat!
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  19. ctfz1

    ctfz1 Long timer

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    view motorcycles are built to a price and usually a particular rider weight, riding style, and use.
    There will always be differences of opinion concerning what works and how well. I am heavy and tend to put my weight on the front end. Better springs, matched to me help a lot. My skinny friend thinks I waste my money.
    Buying good kit takes a little research.
    Buying good enough for the least money is high art and luck.
    My experience is not recent, when I did make changes they were dramatic, and very much enhanced enjoyment.

    The trouble with experts is finding the ones who listen and understand more than you can say. I do not speak the same technical language. Most people do not.
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  20. SpottheDogg

    SpottheDogg Adventurer

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    I've been searching and can't find any posts by you explaining setup. A link would be more helpful and friendly. IMO


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