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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-01-2017, 11:30 AM Thread Starter
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Has anyone installed a fork cartridge kit on their bike?

Anyone? Would love a review.
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All I can say is to try SEARCH.

I KNOW that there have been postings about that in the past.


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I KNOW that there have been postings about that in the past.
For MK3s?

I still have a full deck.
I just shuffle slower.

Note: I have no time to waste because Iím older at this moment than Iíve ever been before,
Ö and itís the youngest Iím ever going to get.
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All I can say is to try SEARCH.

I KNOW that there have been postings about that in the past.

Been there, done that, didn't find anything closest thing I found was someone who installed a kit on their ER6N in Thailand and was complaining about it.

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For MK3s?
Yeah, on an MK3. I hate the front end dive I get when braking.
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Yeah, on an MK3. I hate the front end dive I get when braking.
I was referring Eddies comment: "I KNOW that there have been postings about that in the past."

I too would be interested in finding out.

Note: I will soon open up the front forks on my MK3 to change oil, etc. I will then be able to examine the spring, damping, etc.

I still have a full deck.
I just shuffle slower.

Note: I have no time to waste because Iím older at this moment than Iíve ever been before,
Ö and itís the youngest Iím ever going to get.
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This is the kit I was referring to... doesn't seem to cost an arm and a leg, but don't know how good it will be - Andreani Misano Fork Cartridge Kit 105/K10 Kawasaki Versys 650 2010 | eBay

p.s. They claim it fits the 16' as well...
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This is the kit I was referring to... doesn't seem to cost an arm and a leg, but don't know how good it will be - Andreani Misano Fork Cartridge Kit 105/K10 Kawasaki Versys 650 2010 | eBay

p.s. They claim it fits the 16' as well...
It will not work. MK3 has a spring on one side, the damping on the other.
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I was referring Eddies comment: "I KNOW that there have been postings about that in the past."

I too would be interested in finding out.

Note: I will soon open up the front forks on my MK3 to change oil, etc. I will then be able to examine the spring, damping, etc.
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I just adjusted the stock tubes and the brake dive is much less...........there's a "how-to" on the web somewhere that I read. I believe I did 4 clicks stiffer on the spring side. I ride solo most of the time and use engine braking often.
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Here's a site that MIGHT help you:

Shim ReStackor, Finally software to tune a shim stack

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It will not work. MK3 has a spring on one side, the damping on the other.
That's right.

I'm simply going to check the spring rate and then decide if I feel like changing it to a different spring rate.

In my case, Sonic Springs suggests a pair of 95 kg springs for a 2-spring 525 lbs bike (full gear + top case and side cases loaded up).

I will be aiming for a spring rate of approximately 190 kg for the single fork spring on my MK3.

Then again, I could also leave the single spring as is for this season and change for a lighter fork oil to make the front end more compliant.

I still have a full deck.
I just shuffle slower.

Note: I have no time to waste because Iím older at this moment than Iíve ever been before,
Ö and itís the youngest Iím ever going to get.
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Interesting. I'm thinking of going to a heavier fork oil to aid the compression damping; the rebound can be made so light as to be non existent, so I don't think thicker oil will make the rebound so far out that it can't be adjusted. Steve
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It will not work. MK3 has a spring on one side, the damping on the other.
I don't see why it wouldn't work, you're essentially replacing the entire internals of the forks with new cartridges which have springs in both forks and rebound on one and compression damping on the other.
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I don't see why it wouldn't work, you're essentially replacing the entire internals of the forks with new cartridges which have springs in both forks and rebound on one and compression damping on the other.

Go for it. I would ask about a return policy first.

I just checked, the outside fork tube has the same part numcer for both 10 and 15. I'm thinkin' at the very least you will need something different for fork tub caps. And from there, who knows?

You could be a pioneer in the next great suspension discovery.

Happy re-forking.
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