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post #1 of 6 Old 04-29-2008, 05:42 PM Thread Starter
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Nose Dive

Has anyone replaced their front fork springs or shortened the Kawa's to address the nose diving when breaking on the 08 ?
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post #2 of 6 Old 04-29-2008, 05:52 PM
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I had to replace the ones in my 07. Progressive springs make a huge difference in the handling of the bikes.

Here is a link for the 08 progressive springs.
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post #3 of 6 Old 05-02-2008, 10:50 PM
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I don't even notice anymore. 6500+- miles. Guess I got used to it.
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post #4 of 6 Old 05-03-2008, 11:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Bowhog1 View Post
Has anyone replaced their front fork springs or shortened the Kawa's to address the nose diving when breaking on the 08 ?
I replaced mine with a set of progressive springs. However,if you want to go with a thicker oil and cut you a couple of 3/4 cpvc about an inch to inch and a half and put on top of your springs it will stiffen up your front end.Not recommending it,just seen it done and seems to work ok
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post #5 of 6 Old 05-12-2008, 07:47 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys..i'll try the pvc stack first. The preload adjuster broke on the rear .Dealer ordered a new shock (Warranty).Be here ? Any body tried a Russel seat ? I rode 380 miles and that monkey is still hurting.
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post #6 of 6 Old 07-31-2008, 09:43 AM
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Mr. bowhog1, and all ya'll,
I would ask; how much do you weigh? If you are too heavy for the stock fork spring rate, then I would say; adding preload to too soft a spring does not make much if any improvement. But it's cheap.
If you are under 175 or so pounds, the stock springs aren't as big problem as the poor damping. Install or have installed a set of emulators. The improvement in damping will blow your mind. Well, at least impress you.
If you weigh more that that, you'll need heavier springs and the emulators to really fix the mushy front end.
Proper, straight rate springs will give you the best results. Not a progressive wound.
I used to do all the "heavier oils" and adding preload, welding and drilling, etc, etc. Then we started using emulators, doing it right, and have never looked back.
Keep in mind that the front needs to dive, just not so freely.
It should use all the travel, but only on the hardest braking, or biggest landings.
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