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Old 08-09-2011, 06:50 PM   #1
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I am looking into parts to beef up the forks on my SV650s. I think I have settled on the Dynamic Traxxion drop in kit. My question is do I have to replace the fork seals when i make this change. Based on wrenching I have done in the past on various things best practice is to always replace seals when you have the chance. Just wanted opinions. Also when I decide to do this I would like to talk someone who knows how to do it into helping me. I am interested in learning and I have beer money.
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I would def go ahead and do so. especially since the parts costs will be minimal and you will already have the forks taken apart.

Def not a stupid answer.
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I would def go ahead and do so. especially since the parts costs will be minimal and you will already have the forks taken apart.

Def not a stupid answer.
+1111 would def go in with fresh seals. I'm in the process of learning how to replace my seals for the future
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I am looking into parts to beef up the forks on my SV650s. I think I have settled on the Dynamic Traxxion drop in kit. My question is do I have to replace the fork seals when i make this change. Based on wrenching I have done in the past on various things best practice is to always replace seals when you have the chance. Just wanted opinions. Also when I decide to do this I would like to talk someone who knows how to do it into helping me. I am interested in learning and I have beer money.
Yes, you should replace your fork seals.
Traxxion Dynamics is a good brand, they will work fine.
If you have ever replaced fork seals and changed fork oil then putting in the Traxxion Dynamics cartridges should be no problem.

My advice would be, as soon as you get the cartidges home, immediately burn any instructions or informational material that came with them. Use a pipewrench to remove the old fork internals and then get your biggest hammer to ease installation of the new parts.
You'll be done in a jiffy and your suspension will seem completely different.

BTW tell the truth...

You put those leathers on and checked yourself out in a mirror didn't you?
AND you thought you looked badass too, right?
I remember how it was, and anyway we all do it. lol
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If I were you I would think whether it is worth to spend money "upgrading" your sv or just save and a year later buy a 600
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If I were you I would think whether it is worth to spend money "upgrading" your sv or just save and a year later buy a 600
LOL You have no idea how much fun it is to smoke 600's with a wussy sv!
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I bought an SV cause I liked it over the Super Sports. Prefer the V-twin. Bumblebee... I actually just didnt have a mirror ha! Yeah I am more concerned with my lack of know how on how to set up the emulator. Thanks for the advice.
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BTW tell the truth...

You put those leathers on and checked yourself out in a mirror didn't you?
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I remember how it was, and anyway we all do it. lol


i have never done this!!!
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Definitely fully disassemble and clean the forks and replace the seals.
Inspect the bushings while you're at it.
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If I were you I would think whether it is worth to spend money "upgrading" your sv or just save and a year later buy a 600
Buy a SS and you will still likely have to respring and revalve.
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Here's an easy way to change seals.( hammers can damage seals. Tear, bend etc.) Ok when installing new seals place the old ones on top of new ones. Get a pvc pipe that is closest to the size of seals where the metal ring is inside the rubber or plastic. Bang them down to desired depth. Use a flat head screw driver to remove the old seal. Thats what I did. Worked like a charm and seals work perfectly.
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I bought an SV cause I liked it over the Super Sports. Prefer the V-twin. Bumblebee... I actually just didnt have a mirror ha! Yeah I am more concerned with my lack of know how on how to set up the emulator. Thanks for the advice.
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i have never done this!!!
I call BS! You never checked out how you looked when you first got leathers?

Pfft.
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im kinda interested in this also. I was thinkin about a GSXR 750 fork swap though because you get the bigger brakes on top. Plus adjustability.
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im kinda interested in this also. I was thinkin about a GSXR 750 fork swap though because you get the bigger brakes on top. Plus adjustability.
Yeah I was considering that but I would have to have them resprung too so I figured this would be fine since I have only been riding for a year. It will be some time before I outride this suspension upgrade is my guess.
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Yeah I was considering that but I would have to have them resprung too so I figured this would be fine since I have only been riding for a year. It will be some time before I outride this suspension upgrade is my guess.
yea i went to the SV after having a 2001 R6 with taxxion dynamics fork springs and a penske rear shock. big difference. the sv is like riding on a cloud which i guess could be a good thing unless you wanna go fast.
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Everybody says that an SV with upgraded suspension is awesome. I think you are on the right track with what you are doing.
It makes sense based on cost and experience to start on something that will help you grow without intimidating you. Of course only you can decide what's intimidating but an SV is a good choice for the track.
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yea i went to the SV after having a 2001 R6 with taxxion dynamics fork springs and a penske rear shock. big difference. the sv is like riding on a cloud which i guess could be a good thing unless you wanna go fast.
Thanks for your input. I think I am going with their drop in damper rod + spring + RT Emulator kit they offer and probably a revalved/resprung ZX-10 rear shock to start out on.
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Thanks for your input. I think I am going with their drop in damper rod + spring + RT Emulator kit they offer and probably a revalved/resprung ZX-10 rear shock to start out on.
sounds like a good plan. im kinda thinkin of leaving mine stock for now since i dont plan on taking it to the track and i dont go crazy on the street. On my R6 i dont really know what was in the forks because i bought the bike with them already installed and sold it before i took the forks apart

post up how the reworked forks and ZX10 shock feel!
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I will as soon as I get that far. I am gonna try to order everything I need in the next week or two and then get started on it as soon as I get a break from work.
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