Posted June 04, 2006 - 05:17 PM
So im gonna but this kit that has the wipers, bushings, and seals for $68 bucks and freshen up the front end.
Questions: oil wt? gold valving? new springs?
I'm on a budget and dont want to spend 1000 bucks for a small improvement, but will spend a 100 for a noticeable improvement. I dont pay for labor and will do the work myself.
What about a steering stabilizer? are they worth the money?
Thanks in advance for your experience and wisdom
Posted June 04, 2006 - 07:32 PM
It will save you alot of swear words in the long run, and posibally money.
I have found that if you go over 5w oil, it will be way too firm and just becomes harsh.
Posted June 04, 2006 - 07:51 PM
Second, springs matching your weight and riding style are available online at Racetech.com calculator. I weigh 208# naked, and a 5.6Kg/mm and .48Kg/mm re-spring cost be $200. I am 60 years old but still in great shape, but I don't push the envelope anymore. I affirm the difference in springs was quite noticeable over stock, so if you are over about 195 # or under 155# new springs are warranted.
The Gold valve issue in my book is a fine tune. If you are riding on the ragged edge competitively and still seeing your friends/competetiors slowly pull away from you, well the suggestion paying a suspension shop the $400 is well spent.
Myself, I have replaced the springs on my new 06 WR450 shortly after buying it - peace of cake. Years ago when I raced I replaced oil seals. Do a search on how to do this on suspension forum.
Good luck, and safe riding.
PS With a little care and the right tools, I have always found the extra satisfaction of doing things myself - up to and including a complete re-build of my DT-1 and RT-1 back in the 60's and 70s.