Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Central Point, Oregon, USA
Just replaced my springs with progressives, and when I went to empty the old fork oil out there was not much in either one may be an eighth of what was suppose to be in there.
That was why my suspension had so much travel, just sitting on the bike would cause the front forks to drop about 5", I weight about 180 lbs.
After the progressive springs with Belray 15wt fork oil, the suspension does not dive anymore, it is firm yet soft, but not as soft as stock, it turn it into a different bike.
A much bertterone, it soaks up the bumps nicely, handles better, (also put a super brace on forks) yet still comfortable. it was just completely worn out, the old fork oil (what little was in there) smelled burnt, and was thin, and black.
Would I do it again, Absolutely! ! !yes, I feelmy bike is much safer than before, and better handling.I stop better, because the bike doesnt dive(lunge) forward throwing all the weight forward as it is diving,kind of out of control is the way it felt. No were near as much dive nowwhen hard braking and feels solidand controlled (safe).
My 2 Cents
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