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There must be something for fork sake

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This has been asked many times before and I've done my reading but nothing seems to answer what I'm looking for… is there a fork that will drop into the RC51 yokes with minor modification? For example I run ZX636 forks on my RGV250… modern fork, compression damping, radial brakes etc all on the cheap, all it needed was spacers and a bit more fork poking out the top! Surely in 14 years a fork must have turned up that someone has managed to fit into an SP1?

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Rich you fuckwit, all you need is a revalve, just a compression stack will sort it
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Yes I agree...I sold a set of re-valved forks (GP Suspension) absolutely loved them sprung for my weight and valving was spot on. If I hadn't come across a set of Ohlins I would have kept them.

Seriously they worked that well...



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Rich you fuckwit, all you need is a revalve, just a compression stack will sort it
Brothers?

15 posts in and get baptized by fire....hey Mack, need a light?

Yes, I had mine revalved and sprung using the stockers...1000% better.(And that is no shyt!)



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See the ohlins front fork guide in the suspension forum. You can do as good suspension-wise with those basic upgrades and cheaper compared to a newer bike fork retrofit. And the more significant upgrades will be a notable improvement.

The RC51 is known for very strong brakes stock, regardless of them being axial. If you want the radial look get some radial adapter brackets for the stock or ohlins forks mentioned earlier.
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Yes I agree...I sold a set of re-valved forks (GP Suspension) absolutely loved them sprung for my weight and valving was spot on. If I hadn't come across a set of Ohlins I would have kept them.

Seriously they worked that well...
So fess up, are the ohlins any better? i doubt it
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Yes, Ohlins forks are notably better than just a 20mm compression revalve on stock forks. Then the superbike valve upgrades on the Ohlins forks (or the 30 mm NIX kit) take it to the next level.

Whether an individual rider needs it is an entirely metaphysical and different matter. Up to endless debate and rider skill.

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So fess up, are the ohlins any better? i doubt it
I don't know yet...bike is still in pieces. I'm hoping but regardless has to better than the stock pogo sticks.



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So fess up, are the ohlins any better? i doubt it

I also just picked up a set of Ohlins and will be doing a review over the course of the year (as track time permits).

I will be riding at Miller, and plan on doing a pre/post review. Hopefully I can get a lap timer too...run a few days on stock, then a few days with Ohlins front and rear.

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I also just picked up a set of Ohlins and will be doing a review over the course of the year (as track time permits).

I will be riding at Miller, and plan on doing a pre/post review. Hopefully I can get a lap timer too...run a few days on stock, then a few days with Ohlins front and rear.
Are you fearless? I know many people that as they upgrade to the best and the more expensive bike the slower they become. Hard to push the envelope and potentially throw away a bike with an extra $5k or more on it.

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