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Anyone try the springs only for a slightly firmer ride?Was the calculator on their website accurate?It tells me to use the 1.2kg springs but I would like to know what stock is.

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I've got the 1.0 kg Race Tech springs along with Ricor Intiminator valves in mine. At 215 lbs. the calculator says I should have 1.2 kg springs, but the 1.0 kg feel right for me. As for the stock springs, my 2012 had multi rate springs. Soft section collapses to easily and stiff section was too stiff. YMMV.
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I would suggest that you call them. I haven't used them for years, but they were very helpful at the time.

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I've got the 1.0 kg Race Tech springs along with Ricor Intiminator valves in mine. At 215 lbs. the calculator says I should have 1.2 kg springs, but the 1.0 kg feel right for me. As for the stock springs, my 2012 had multi rate springs. Soft section collapses to easily and stiff section was too stiff. YMMV.
How much of a difference just rocking the bike back and forth with the front brake on?And when you sat on the bike did the springs settle much ?Im 275 and the calculation was 1.2 kg springs.But a put intermediate rider,adventure riding and standard stiffness. I might go with a 1.1 spring.Iíll call today and see how big of a difference 1.1 is compared to 1.2 is.

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How much of a difference just rocking the bike back and forth with the front brake on?And when you sat on the bike did the springs settle much ?Im 275 and the calculation was 1.2 kg springs.But a put intermediate rider,adventure riding and standard stiffness. I might go with a 1.1 spring.Iíll call today and see how big of a difference 1.1 is compared to 1.2 is.
It got rid of the annoying brake dive the stock is known for. Race Tech springs are shorter than stock and require a spacer. The length of the spacer is how you set the sag, which should be at 1/3 total travel. Not a hard job to do but may need to adjust spacer length to your riding preference. Like was mentioned above, call them. Very helpful.
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I tried calling and couldnít get through.Iíll try tomorrow.So when you cut the spacers to length.Are they easy to get to if you have to cut a little more off. Iím hoping itís not a put together completely and then take it apart to cut and then and reassemble.Hopefully the spacers are just under the caps and easy to pull out if you have to cut the spacer.

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They might be able to give you the spacer length over the phone.
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I've got the 1.0 kg Race Tech springs along with Ricor Intiminator valves in mine. At 215 lbs. the calculator says I should have 1.2 kg springs, but the 1.0 kg feel right for me. As for the stock springs, my 2012 had multi rate springs. Soft section collapses to easily and stiff section was too stiff. YMMV.

I hear the straight rate springs are the way to go.

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I tried calling and couldnít get through.Iíll try tomorrow.So when you cut the spacers to length.Are they easy to get to if you have to cut a little more off. Iím hoping itís not a put together completely and then take it apart to cut and then and reassemble.Hopefully the spacers are just under the caps and easy to pull out if you have to cut the spacer.
You will have to remove the forks from the bike to adjust the length of the spacers if necessary. The cap is not accessible as it is slid up in the upper tree. A service manual for your year bike is a priceless tool to have on hand for jobs like this. Torque specs and a clear picture of how to get the job done. Also, get the tool to set the oil level correctly. Kind of a syringe, with a measuring tube on it, to pull off excess oil to the right level. Got mine at Cycle Gear cheap. May sound intimidating to tackle this but all this is explained in detail in the service manual. For me it was worth the effort.
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You will have to remove the forks from the bike to adjust the length of the spacers if necessary. The cap is not accessible as it is slid up in the upper tree. A service manual for your year bike is a priceless tool to have on hand for jobs like this. Torque specs and a clear picture of how to get the job done. Also, get the tool to set the oil level correctly. Kind of a syringe, with a measuring tube on it, to pull off excess oil to the right level. Got mine at Cycle Gear cheap. May sound intimidating to tackle this but all this is explained in detail in the service manual. For me it was worth the effort.

So I got through today and asked all the questions.Tech recommendation was the 1.2kg springs with 30wt fork oil.To set the sag Iím to have a space of 30mm between the top of the spring and the where the bottom of the cap would stop as if were threaded in.That will be my spacer thickness size.Jack bike up So forks are fully extended.Sounds Fairly simply for my next winter project or for the next rainy day.

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