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Old 04-12-2011, 01:23 PM   #1
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Anyone tune their own suspension?

I ride an 05 ZX10R and lately I've noticed the suspension seems a little too stiff. When in a corner, even the smallest bump seems to upset the bike. I was wondering if anyone has tuned their own suspension before. Any tips or suggestions?

Another alternative is that I could take it to a shop, does anyone know how much that runs? I would rather do it myself but I'm not sure when I would have time to spend half a day doing adjustments and test runs.
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Old 04-12-2011, 01:28 PM   #2
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Take it to Motorcycles unlimited. Best $25 you'll spend. No need to do it yourself when pros like them can handle it for cheap
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You're better off taking it to a reputable shop. I can't speak for in shop costs, but at the track the going rate is $30.

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Hmm, well if it's only $25 I'll probably go that route. I figured it would cost more. Thanks
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I agree with the above, but if you are just a DIYer, this was a good read:

http://www.r6-forum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=80410
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I have Motorcycles Unlimited set up a base line, but fine tune from there. You should really learn about your suspension if you plan to really RIDE your bike.
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If you have the manual it should show you what the stock settings are; then tune it either way to your liking or road conditions. It might be that your pre load spring is too tight and your dampers are too soft. The Senator knows best
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1st gen 10r's just act a little wild in corners. i had the same problem and after getting it tuned it didn't go away.
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I have Motorcycles Unlimited set up a base line, but fine tune from there. You should really learn about your suspension if you plan to really RIDE your bike.
This ^.
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Old 04-13-2011, 07:51 PM   #10
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1st gen 10r's just act a little wild in corners. i had the same problem and after getting it tuned it didn't go away.
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I have Motorcycles Unlimited set up a base line, but fine tune from there. You should really learn about your suspension if you plan to really RIDE your bike.
+1

there are plenty of bike specific forums that have "how to" sections and learning the ins and outs of your own bike is paramount to being "one" with the bike...

I have also found that some "experts" don't know as much as they think... like the folks at racetech who will try to rush you through the purchase process without really asking you many questions about how you ride or what you're doing with your bike (had to buy 3 different sets of fork springs to find the rate I really wanted).

That said, Patrick at Motorcycles Unlimited is supposed to be a "genius" ... never met him but I've talked to him a few times on the phone and he always has good advice on parts, brands, and set ups... and when I had a problem with parts i bought at the Knoxville store and then tried to install it when I came back to Houston... he fixed it. I solidly refer them (as will many people on this forum).

I was wondering what would just out of the blue throw off your suspension set up... did you hit a pothole or something like that??? If so, you may have blown a seal in your forks... Just wondering. Either way... Motorcycles Unlimited (or the shop of your preference) can straighten you out.

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will someone please tell me where i can get a spanner wrench for the rear spring 04 zx6r 636 . all the local shops can't seem to handle this task !!!!!!!!
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