How much for a suspension


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  • Just_a_trail_rider

Posted April 24, 2006 - 09:51 PM

#1

I decided to bite the bullet and get my suspension professionally done. There is a RaceTech approved shop about 40 minutes from me.

I got quoted about $900 for the full setup, springs, valves, shims, labor, etc...

Engines and trannies I can handle. But I am suspension stupid, so I have to pay someone who knows what they are doing.

Is this the going rate? $900???????

Will it be worth it?

  • black_n_blue_thumper

Posted April 24, 2006 - 10:43 PM

#2

That just a little less than my best friend just paid to have his WR done at a Race Tech authorized shop. That did include Gold valves. And YES, it will be worth every penny. :thumbsup:

  • Matty05

Posted April 24, 2006 - 11:27 PM

#3

I truely believe $900 is too much. You should be able to get them way down.

If you think about it, how much is a gold vavle kit for each end? Then how much for springs for each end? Then add in the oil and nitrogen. Guarenteed it doesn't come anywhere close to $900, so they are ripping you off for less than 1/2 a day's work.

In comparison, in Australia it costs us about ~$300 for a re-valve ($US210) and $300 for springs ($US210). so that is equiv. to $US420 for revalve, springs, as well as oil, gas and labour.

My fiance's suspension cost me $610 ($US427) for springs, revalve, and lowering.

Bottom line, if you add up all the parts, they are really ripping you off for labour!
What, do they charge $150 an hour over there?

  • tmckeown

Posted April 25, 2006 - 12:00 AM

#4

Hi,

I payed 220 euros for front and back end shimming, seals, oils.
I also bought new springs for supermoto and those were 100 euros for 2 front springs and another 100 euros for back spring.

So this will total 420 euros which is $530

This guy has guided 5 world champions with their suspensions.

Timo Mc

  • ETP

Posted April 25, 2006 - 05:01 AM

#5

I decided to bite the bullet and get my suspension professionally done. There is a RaceTech approved shop about 40 minutes from me.

I got quoted about $900 for the full setup, springs, valves, shims, labor, etc...

Engines and trannies I can handle. But I am suspension stupid, so I have to pay someone who knows what they are doing.

Is this the going rate? $900???????

Will it be worth it?


There's a one man shop in Santa Clarita, CA called Straight Line Suspension. Give Kenny a call. He lowered my bike by modifying the supension for $300. My guess is that he would revalve for under $500, maybe less. I'm traveling this week and don't have the number with me.

  • RaphFoFiddy

Posted April 25, 2006 - 05:50 AM

#6

I paid Factory Connection $800 2 years ago to do mine. Revalve, new springs, the works... Best money I ever spent, Absolutely worth every penny. The suspension compensates for my occasional stupdity... well most of the time.

  • CALVIN_KLEIN88

Posted April 25, 2006 - 06:00 AM

#7

I just had mine done for 700. That included everything. It would have been 500 if I didn't need new springs...but I did.

  • MotoGoalie

Posted April 25, 2006 - 06:37 AM

#8

Many people on this board don't care for how race tech revalves. I have no idea why, I just see it a lot.

My XRs shock has a gold valve stack in it and it works perfectly for trails.

My YZs shock was revalved and refurbed by a local guy in Denver for less than 200. Neil Hores from Hitchcock Industries. He also gives you one or two revalves if you are really picky to get it perfected which is a helluva deal.

The YZ shock is the best suspension I've ever had.

  • Just_a_trail_rider

Posted April 25, 2006 - 07:25 AM

#9

Before I commit to the $900+, is there another option other than Race Tech? I am not aware of any other place that makes suspension components.

This price was a worst case scenario for everything, including the gold valves.

I don't know how much work it is, however, I was told I could save $150 by removing the forks myself.

Well, I would want to save $150 if the total cost was $500. But at $900, the $150 doesn't seem as significant.

I'm in Los Angeles, can someone PM me the names of places I could go to get a comparison.

  • TimBrp

Posted April 25, 2006 - 08:26 AM

#10

$900 sounds way steep to me. I had new springs, valving(gold) oil/nitro for $560.

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  • Koko Azuela

Posted April 25, 2006 - 09:17 AM

#11

Before I commit to the $900+, is there another option other than Race Tech? I am not aware of any other place that makes suspension components.

This price was a worst case scenario for everything, including the gold valves.

I don't know how much work it is, however, I was told I could save $150 by removing the forks myself.

Well, I would want to save $150 if the total cost was $500. But at $900, the $150 doesn't seem as significant.

I'm in Los Angeles, can someone PM me the names of places I could go to get a comparison.


If you're in LA, try Precision Concepts in Temecula, give em a call, you can try Pro Circuit in Corona, both of this shops know suspensions really well and both re-valve to SoCal terrain, 900 seems steep to me.. :thumbsup:

  • Tattooart

Posted April 25, 2006 - 09:50 AM

#12

I have a friend who looked in to race tech but he was also quoted 900+ I think that is just a standard price. he eventually went to too tech in torrance because he was a lot cheaper me I am getting ready to buy a wr and I think I will probably either go to enzo in oc or factory connection. just so your know it could be a lot less if you don't need springs and such but overall if you are just dropping the bike off and they are doing everything I think it is a good deal.

  • MXJunky

Posted April 25, 2006 - 01:58 PM

#13

MXJunky just dropped his '05 off at a local shop to have the suspension revalved, and new front and rear springs (which MXJunky had already purchased) installed for $375. The guy is rumored to be real good, a local big name race family runs homeboys shit, if it's good enough for them, it's good for MXJunky. Nine hundred smackers is too steep.

  • MountainMax

Posted April 25, 2006 - 02:27 PM

#14

do you find your suspension is not up to the task? or are you upgrading for racing only? im asking because I have a WR450 on order and im 250 pounds, Im thinking i may need new rear spring at least...

  • Matty05

Posted April 25, 2006 - 02:52 PM

#15

do you find your suspension is not up to the task? or are you upgrading for racing only? im asking because I have a WR450 on order and im 250 pounds, Im thinking i may need new rear spring at least...

Yep, you definately need new springs and revalve. :crazy:
I am 240lb and went to .50kg/mm front springs and 6kg/mm rear spring.

Stock suspension is not up to the task. It really struggles with our kinda weight, seing as it is ment for people around 150lbs :ride: .
You can't really just get new springs, as the valving is then way too soft. Been there, done that, never again. It is soft to begin with.

Look around, get quotes, get the suspension done. With a new WR, all you really need to get is get a slip-on muffler, jetting kit, fuel screw and get the suspension sorted. That's really it. :ride:

  • MXJunky

Posted April 25, 2006 - 03:00 PM

#16

do you find your suspension is not up to the task? or are you upgrading for racing only? im asking because I have a WR450 on order and im 250 pounds, Im thinking i may need new rear spring at least...


MXJunky is 200 pounds, and rides his Dub on the track more than trail. The suspension just doesn't hang in bigger whoop sections.

  • Dirtskills

Posted April 25, 2006 - 04:48 PM

#17

Try ESP, there in La Crescenta 818-249-6744. I had my rear shock revalved
and he charged $166.00 (no spring) Its about the same for the front forks,
and the springs are $100 per set if needed.

  • MountainMax

Posted April 25, 2006 - 05:00 PM

#18

I live in a small area in canada with no specialty dealers around at all, so it's gonna be tough, IM not planning on racing this thing, only drive it to work (dual sport kit) and some old dirt road/trail driving. I may get away with the softer suspension, i guess i will soon know.

  • spritefiend

Posted April 25, 2006 - 06:36 PM

#19

im up in VTA county, im going to pick up a wr450 tomorrow, and considering im 275 im pretty sure im going to need suspension work!! this is good posting!!

John.

  • jerryls

Posted April 25, 2006 - 09:16 PM

#20

I used Dick's (dicksracing.com) for my '04. $400 to revalve both ends, plus $20 shipping each way. Turn around was about 7 days. Couldn't be happier.

Jerry

PS- I've ridden other WR's with racetech valves, and my suspension is better for harescrambles.




 
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