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Old 03-22-2009, 10:55 PM   #1
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Fork Service

I recently got my forks resealed and and the oil was flushed and refilled with Maxima
(not sure on the specifics as far as the oil goes)

So Let me start out with this, HOLE-E-!
It feels like a completely different ride
It feels SO planted into turns compared to the way it was previously.
I decided to get the work done once the seals started leaking significantly.
Well, apparently it needed the service WAY before that (stock fluid/seals, 04 model)
I cannot tell you how stoked I got when I was carvin' some corners this weekend!
I know it was just a basic service but gawd it made a HUGE friggin difference
Okay, sorry, that is all. I'm gonna put the crack pipe down now
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+1. I got mine done as well. Now to get a good rear shock,
Are you looking for a stock replacement/upgrade? If so, do some research and see what other shocks will mount up. You can get some shocks from current model bikes for HELLA cheap
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I was told to find a Penske(sp?)
Yea, its Penske, just like the rental trucks. Plan on forkin over a few hundred bucks for one. And if you get a used one, you may need to change the spring and maybe even other components for it to match your weight and such. I wouldn't worry about getting one anytime soon though. A newer shock that mounts up to your bike could be a good solution if your shock is dated or needing service which costs $ which could cost as much as a used but newer shock that doesn't need service. Maybe someone more knowledgeable can chime in cause I'm just a dumbazz white boy
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Mine is stock and I think it has never been touched.
So maybe look into upgrading to another Kawi shock that fits vs. spending the same if not more on service to your current shock. . .
But my advice is to definately hold off on the Penske. If you are that serious, you should just do a complete upgrade and have a dedicated track bike and start from there. . . .
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It's an old saying; "If you notice a huge difference when you service your forks you proaly waited too long."I recommend at least every 10k miles for a street bike and once a season fr track / race bikes.

As far as shocks, Penske or Ohlins, although the Ohlins will require a less frequent service interval. Nowadays they're both about the same price.
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It's an old saying; "If you notice a huge difference when you service your forks you proaly waited too long."I recommend at least every 10k miles for a street bike and once a season fr track / race bikes
I actually remember someone saying that recently, , it may have even been you. I was thinking about that saying whenever I noticed the dramatic difference in handling after the service. I was kicking myself in the cause I think I did a few TD's with my forks not doing there job right
I can't wait to get back out at the track now and put some more trust in the bike
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But would a shock off a newer Kawi fit on my old beast? And would I be better off and close to the same $$ wise just to get the Penske?

And before anyone says get a new bike, you buy it for me or STFU. I like my old beast.
Dude, you can listen to me too I already said do some research and see what fits. All kinds of shocks will mount up to other model bikes The stock shocks (used) will be WAY cheaper than a Penske. I see shocks sell for 50 bucks
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It's an old saying; "If you notice a huge difference when you service your forks you proaly waited too long."I recommend at least every 10k miles for a street bike and once a season fr track / race bikes.

As far as shocks, Penske or Ohlins, although the Ohlins will require a less frequent service interval. Nowadays they're both about the same price.
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what's fork service cost for basic flush assuming nothing needs to be replaced? assume I bring the forks off the bike.
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+1. I got mine done as well. Now to get a good rear shock,
get the stock one rebuilt with race tech parts. it's a great alternative to ohlins
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I need to do my forks soon. Someone PM me where you got yours done and how much it was?
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I need to do my forks soon. Someone PM me where you got yours done and how much it was?
You've got mail
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But would a shock off a newer Kawi fit on my old beast? And would I be better off and close to the same $$ wise just to get the Penske?

And before anyone says get a new bike, you buy it for me or STFU. I like my old beast.
loads of ZXR's were raced back in the day, it shouldn't be too hard to pick up a decent second hand "race" shock with a little patience.
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