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V7 III Suspension Thread

Discussion in 'V7/V85/V9 Chat & Tech' started by GT-Rx®, Sep 9, 2017.

  1. Hippo-Drones

    Hippo-Drones Just got it firing!

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    Have just dropped my front end down the forks 11mm on my V7, seems to turn in a bit easier now, I may try incrementing it down to 20mm as suggested in the OP. I have a trackday coming up on it so it'd be ace to have it a little sharper for it! :)
     
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    vagrant High Miler GT Contributor

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    I added GT's straight springs to my forks for my fat butt weight 800 miles ago. I need to do the front tire so I will change the fork oil from the stock at 9500 miles. IF YOU have changed yours what weight do you suggest and how many ounces or distance from the top of the fork with springs installed do you suggest for the V7III?
    Thanks
     
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    Dinsdale Piranha Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Contributor

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    Be careful how far you go. I have NO idea how this stands on the V7, but, on my DR650 if you raise the forks (in the triple clamps) more than 5/8", you risk the fork sliders hitting the lower triple clamp if you bottom the suspension. Others in the DR world have done expensive damage by not taking heed. Other than that, please let us know what you settle on.
     
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  4. GT-Rx®

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    20w and 10mm higher than spec.
     
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    GT-Rx® Administrator Staff Member

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    If the front end is sprung properly for the rider’s weight, 25mm is a non-issue. If stock springs, it can get dangerous quickly at stock ride height for riders over 180 lbs.
     
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    Hippo-Drones Just got it firing!

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    I have Ktech fork internals sprung for my weight! :)
     
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    vagrant High Miler GT Contributor

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    the only spec I found was from someone here at 130MM. Assuming that's right raise to 120MM from the top? my first time playing with this front end stuff.
     
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    It's in the Service manual, see the Downloads tab above.
     
  9. heyzeus

    heyzeus Tuned and Synch'ed

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    So I had a pair of Audace rear shocks lying around. I decided to see if they fit my V7iii. They are only a little heavier the the stock shocks. They fit! I took a bunch of Preload out and adjusted the dampening. They are about a half inch longer then stock. Really like where they put the bike. I am 225lbs with gear. They feel nice on the bike. The small bumps are barely notable and the big bumps lost there sharp edge. The back end pushed up makes the ride nicer in the corners.

    So I have a set of shocks on order. I have to debate if I need them now. If I don’t I will do a store credit towards some other bauble. I want bags but I don’t know if the shocks with reservoir will allow bags. These shocks were an improvement over the stock V7 Shocks.
     

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    Mayakovski Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    Nice, looks really sharp as well.
     
  11. GT-Rx®

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    Sorry, but people have been doing silly things like this for decades... because it’s cheap and easy, I get it. There is no way a shock designed for an 800 lb bike with completely different swing-arm geometry can work even remotely decently without a massive spring and damping revision.
    Even if it “feels OK” doing so can be not only dangerous, but amplify the overly soft front end for your weight.
    I’m merging this with the suspension thread, but I can’t let it be without the above basic facts.
     

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