I bought me a pair of Ohlins...now what?

9 replies to this topic
  • MN_Kevin

Posted March 16, 2004 - 06:07 PM


I paid $550 for some Cannondale Ohlins, complete w/ ENTIRE front wheel assembly (tube, NO tire), brake caliper and triple clamps.

I did pre-screen this purchase w/ a talk w/ the owner of Factory Connection here in NH. He did say the Ohlins were popular w/ Vets due to the more supple ride off the top. He said a couple of his Tech's are using them on their CR/CRF's.
He told me $550 was an absolute steel for these forks. And contrary to some guys knowledge, these Cannondale Ohlins are NOT K-Mart Ohlins.

They will need to be re-valved.

The GOLD color just gives me a hard on...I am going to the...uhhhh...bathroom for a couple of minutes (with my Sears catalog and one fork leg)! :)

  • Indy_WR450

Posted March 17, 2004 - 01:10 AM


Ohlins are very good. Problem with Cannondale designed units is the fit, springs, valving and brake caliper mounting makes it a pain for converting it on the WR450. But they are cool. :)

  • MN_Kevin

Posted March 17, 2004 - 02:31 AM


Indy, will it be an issue when I have the ENTIRE FRONT END off this C-Dale?

I did talk to a fellow TT'er (YZF450 guy) who said the only issue was the triple clamps...???

These forks will NEVER LEAVE ME! They will go from bike to bike.

I kinda fancy getting the internals anadized at Factory Connection. I AM friends w/ the owners brother... :) but I am aware of the Retail Business and giving deals. Once one guy gets a deal, EVERYONE WANTS A DEAL! :D

  • endurodog

Posted March 17, 2004 - 02:47 AM


Congrats on getting the deal!!! Hope to hear a ride report when you get them on.

  • Dan_Lorenze

Posted March 17, 2004 - 02:59 AM


Kevin, Wow.. You got a great deal... Even if you end up hating them you could always sell them for more money..



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  • Eddie Sisneros

Posted March 17, 2004 - 05:00 AM


so they have the ti nitride coated tubes?

  • Indy_WR450

Posted March 17, 2004 - 11:49 AM


NH Kevin, You will need a custom triple clamps to fit them on your bike if they are not 46 mm forks. Other than that you can use the entire front end but you need a brake caliper, axle mount and maybe spacers for the wheel. Hub rotor postion may not match the caliper postion. This can be a comedy of errors. Be careful. :)

  • MN_Kevin

Posted March 17, 2004 - 12:02 PM


this is what I have (for $550.00)

1 - both forks
2 - entire triple clamp assembly (upper & lower triple clamps and stem)
3 - entire front wheel (including axle, spacers, rim, spokes, rotor, hub, tube, NO [rubber] tire)
4 - entire front brake assembly (lever, master cylinder, steel braided line, front caliper)

  • Indy_WR450

Posted March 17, 2004 - 12:07 PM


Then the only thing you need to make it fit is the stem needs to be pressed out and a yamaha size stem needs to be fitted. I am assuming the steering heads are different from manufacturers. As long as the stem and nut and steering head bearings will fit then you are good to go. :)

  • Alabama_Rider

Posted March 18, 2004 - 08:53 PM



You sold your 03, WR450F for a KTM. Any comments??? :)


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