R 100 GS PD front suspension mods

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Logo, Sep 14, 2006.

  1. Logo

    Logo Been here awhile

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    I'm here to see if any other off-road oriented airhead GS riders have modified their front ends. I have a Fox shock on the rear which is good but the Racetech emulators on the front don't work that well. I plow into everything, soak up nothing, and then the rear takes a big hit and it's not easy in the way technical stuff.

    There's a White Power front fork kit for the R 100, but it's over THREE GRAND. Anyone got that? I'd love to hear if it's worth it. Or anything about other front suspension systems for the R 100 GS if anyone has done aftermarket mods.

    Thx....I keep hearing 'they ain't dirtbikes' but that doesn't seem to stop me for some godawful wallet-depleting reason.
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  2. Stagehand

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    youre dirt biking a GS and you live within a hundred miles of me?

    since when?

    I could've swore I was the only one around! We'll have to swap some dirt.

    I have a racetech I'm going to put in after all the other goofy shit gets finished.. but all the front mods I know of, besides the fork brace, front springs and heavy fork oil are $$$.
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  3. elmoreman

    elmoreman takin' a break, boss

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  4. Solo Lobo

    Solo Lobo airhead or nothing

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    My opinion of the racetech (hope you don't have two in there!) emulators is much different, and I think they make the front end significantly better off-road then stock, but I agree an R100GS will never act like a true, modern dirtbike.

    1.Are you using the stock springs ? (the popular opinion is that non-stock progressively wound springs hurt the action of the valves.
    2. Did you drill out your fork stanchions hole? If not the valves wouldn't work
    3. What fork oil are you running?

    for reference...

    http://www.gunsmoke.com/motorcycling/r100gs/gold_valve/index.html

    Solo Lobo

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  5. camgregus

    camgregus riding gently now

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    if you are only installing one race tech valve and ordered two, I will buy the other for a fair price. (half or around and shipping)
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  6. Stagehand

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    talking to me? I am open to that, but dont want to hold you up if youre doing it soon. I might not get to this until closer to the snows. Dont want to get rid of the spare until I know I havent fuct up the first. [​IMG]
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  7. Solo Lobo

    Solo Lobo airhead or nothing

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    Not possible to screw up the valve, it just drops into the fork tube...

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  8. jtwind

    jtwind Wisconsin Airhead

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    Has anyone figured out what racetech emulator will work in a g/s? I know it's been done but racetech has never been any help. There was a guy out a CAL BMW that did them but he's gone. JT
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  9. Stagehand

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    Solo? if I may? I still have your message lying around:

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  10. Solo Lobo

    Solo Lobo airhead or nothing

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    Ahh grasshopper, but the question is for G/S and not GS....

    I woukld guess if you called racetech, and knew the ID of the fork tubes, and told them you want the same specs as the one above, but with an ID les than whatevere the G/S has they could set you up... and I think you need to valves for a G/S????

    I think Roma posted something about this one time...

    SL


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  11. Stagehand

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    Ahh very wise, solo.

    youre the man!
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  12. wintonio

    wintonio last of the Dum Dum Daze

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    anybody up for splitting a pair of race tech gold valves for the GS?
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  13. wintonio

    wintonio last of the Dum Dum Daze

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    do the GS forks have fork seals that I will need to replace if switching out the springs? I have sort of read around in here, but it appeared to be a confusing subject for a retard such as myself
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  14. Suppermotodd

    Suppermotodd Tag Thief

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    What is a G/S? I have a early 90 R100PD and a 91 R100GS. What does a G/S look like. I need a visual please.:ear
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  15. wintonio

    wintonio last of the Dum Dum Daze

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    I guess a G/S has the monolever.
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  16. Suppermotodd

    Suppermotodd Tag Thief

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    Got it. The Older GS's are G/S's...:huh
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  17. Solo Lobo

    Solo Lobo airhead or nothing

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    No, there is a big o-ring on the fork-top nuts that you should replace as it can get chewed up, but the fork seals are a whole different deal....

    Someone here tipped me to using a hose-clamp on the lower-end of the boot so you can raise it after dirty rides and clean out the dirt... and let me tell you those "vent holes" do suck in dirt and kill your fork seals! First time I lifted my boots, I was quite suprised how much crap was in there!
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