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Old 01-28-2007, 05:55 PM   #1
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i got a ?? is it just mine or do all the rc 51s have really light front ends? and i dont want the answer to be dont get on the gas so hard. even in a corner it doesnt feel planted and it sux. it kind of feels unbalenced like theres more weight on the of it and not on the front
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i got a ?? is it just mine or do all the rc 51s have really light front ends? and i dont want the answer to be dont get on the gas so hard. even in a corner it doesnt feel planted and it sux. it kind of feels unbalenced like theres more weight on the of it and not on the front
Must be yours. They are normally rock solid. Try stiffening the rear preload and/or raising your fork tubes in the triple to lower the front. I got mine close but I still need to make the trip to get patrick to fine tune it.
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Maybe it is the torque when you exit the corner? But adjusting the suspension for your weight (ie getting a shock and the forks revalved and sprung) will make a huge difference in any bike. From what I remember on the RC51, they have a pretty weak rear spring to begin with.
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there is nothing light about a RC51, lol.

j/k i love those bikes
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the forks are about 5 or 6mm up in the trees already. i think im gonna just put em close to flush and see how it feels. oh and that flapper thingamobber is freking annoying the out of me
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Take the vaccum line off the flapper valve and plug it. It creates a flat spot on acceleration. It is only there for epa noise regulations. Plug the line with a screw or something. I am 215lbs and run the rear preload at the 5 notch. putting the forks flush will not help the light front end feeling. What mods have been done to your rc?
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besides some go fast safety wire that adds 5 hp to the upper fairing not a thing. well its a cross between 01 and an 03. 01 frame, electrical, and wheels. and o3 motor swingarm and exhaust. but all stock stuff
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I see. there are lots of free to cheap mods you can make to get a few h.p. out of it. I suggest checking out http://www.speedzilla.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=37 for loads of info.
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What shock pivot link are you running? '01 or '03?
The RC forks weren't the best but the earlier models, pre '02, had some real issues.
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What shock pivot link are you running? '01 or '03?
The RC forks weren't the best but the earlier models, pre '02, had some real issues.
I guess if the sp1 shock pivot were reused with the sp2 swingarm it would throw the geometry off.
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Just get some Ohlins forks & a Ohlins shock....done

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^^ yea i dont have that kind of cash but if you wanna give me the stuff of your bike i would forever greatful lol
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I guess if the sp1 shock pivot were reused with the sp2 swingarm it would throw the geometry off.

that might be the problem. its cool im still rollin on the sv for right now. until i can get the rc where i want it. it gives me something to tinker with once i have the race bikes done. it needs a steering damper for sure.

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There are guys selling modified pivots on the speedzilla site that raise the rear ride height but you need to add a damper for it. I am sure someone there has a stock one if you are going for standard ride height.
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yep. I know my front end got light when I did the -1 front sprocket.
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http://www.speedzilla.com/forums/sho...=shock+linkage this is for a redesigned linkage if that is what the problem is.
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Save your money. The SP2 linkage will get the job done. It's basically a copy of the HRC link used on the SP1.
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thanks patrick but i think its already has the sp2 linkage but i could be mistaking. when it gets nice out and i dont have else to do im gonna spend the whole day playin with the suspension. memorial and allen prkwy are good spots to do that cuz they are so ruff

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