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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-22-2012, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
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Front suspension upgrades

I read through a previous post about this subject but I couldn't find exactly what I was looking for. Anyone know if an aftermarket (stiffer) spring kit will improve the front end stability when hitting bumps on a turn? I seem to get a "floppy" feeling in the front end when hit a bump on a turn. Tire pressure is correct and the dampner is set at the the stock setting.

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Check your Sag to determine if stiffer springs would be appropriate for you.
Gustavo's excellent thread-
http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ead.php?t=705&
What you describe could be a lot of things, and might be related to what's happening with rear suspension as well.
Getting the Sag set correctly at both ends is the best place to start.
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The V's front fork is noted for not getting out of its own way very well in high deflection speed large displacement situations. "Skipping-out" (floppy) is the result. This is due to oil weight and oil-flow through the orifices in the valving of the fork.

I, this past season, did fork-seals and purchased both 5W and 10W fork oil. (Stock is 10W) Mixing the 2 weights 1/2 and 1/2 produces an approximate 7.5W. This has very much lessened "skip-out". I've not as yet taken the time to re-tweak the fork's sag and damping.

If there's a proper suspension shop in your area... they can do bench-testing at different settings, oil-levels, and oil weights to sort issues like "skipping-out".
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Thanks for the advice. I'll check the sag and do the fork oil change. I actually did just that on my Sportster a few years back and was happy with the results.

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