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Suspension upgrade - brake mod required?

Discussion in 'Loop & Tonti' started by Hydrolastic, Jul 24, 2020.

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    Hydrolastic Tuned and Synch'ed GT Contributor

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    I read in Guzziology that the linked brake system on my Cal Titanium is directly dependent on the swingarm position, which is the reason preload is not adjustable (and on my model, nothing is adjustable). I find the suspension dynamics are sorely lacking, so I'm looking to (eventually) upgrade the forks and rear shocks at some point. Has anyone else done this on a linked brake EV-era machine? Is it required to separate the brakes, or can the linked system safely remain?

    Dave
     
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    GT-Rx® Administrator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

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    Hi Dave, yes, can be done. There is an adjustment on the cam at the swing-arm in the manual. Honestly, I've done about everything you can possibly imagine and we've even run them on the track for fun. No issues that can't be resolved, and if you haven't, see the online STORE tab above for all of my well-proven suspension options.
     
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    Hydrolastic Tuned and Synch'ed GT Contributor

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    Todd - the only adjustment I see in the manual is to make sure the maximum length between the adjuster and the spring hook is 67mm. With the replacement shocks that are in the store, does that mean I have a fixed preload to set them too to keep everything in spec with different loads, or is there a brake adjustment I can make, for, say, 2-up riding but keeping the suspension in the middle of its travel?
     
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    john zibell Moderator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

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    I would say don't worry about that proportioning valve by the swing arm. I've had after market shocks on my EVs and even seen bikes where the spring had rusted away. Didn't seem to make any difference in braking. So my advice is to not worry about it at all.
     

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