r80rt fork springs

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by Backmarker, May 10, 2012.

  1. Backmarker

    Backmarker Long timer

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    Would like to replace my 84 r80rt fork springs with new. Any advice on which brands are the best and a good dealer in the usa to purchase from?
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  2. Boxer Metal

    Boxer Metal Mad Scientist

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    Stock BMW or anything other than Progressive Suspension.
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  3. ozmoses

    ozmoses Ride On

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    bmweuro-

    may I ask why (not)?

    This is why I ask why- being ignorant/ spending very little time on the 'net, I installed Progressive brand years ago in a '77 & still love them! I mean, it just handles beautifully.

    However-after becoming aware of the negative opinion but based on the above, I more recently(2-3 yrs ago) installed them in an rs and hate them! Specifically, even after fiddling w/ pre-load from 1" to none, the front end is just plain "squirrelly", especially when decelerating @40 mph; if I left my hands off bars, I'm confident it would become a fullblown tank-slapper. Even w/ hands on it takes a bit for them to settle down.

    Not at all the case prior to the install; did check for stiction w/ springs out - found none, torque relief bar utilized.

    I can only blame the springs...!?

    So, why haven't I swapped them out? I keep convincing myself they just need to be "run-in". As a consequence, I don't ride it all that often.
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  4. 100RT

    100RT Been here awhile

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    Sounds like a steering head bearing situation. What year is the RS?
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