04-05-2011, 09:46 PM
Maybe you'll have an answer to my newbish question. :) I have a 2000 GSXR600 and I'm working on getting it back in prime shape. I've finally got it running like a champ, but I have a problem with I *think* only the left fork. There is little to no give in it. It's ridable and stable up to *cough* mph, no wierd noises, no tankslapping, good grip. It's fairly uncomfortable and it rides pretty harsh as compared to how I'm pretty sure it should be. Any ideas? Thanks in advance! :biggrin:
04-05-2011, 09:54 PM
How did you ascertain that it was only in the left fork. When both forks are installed and and axle running through them they are basically one whole unit, gonna be kind of hard to discern a problem in only one leg unless of course you are hearing a ny sort of horrible noises eminating from just one leg.
Or did you have both fork legs removed and you noticed something going on with it?
Your description is rather cryptic. Have the forks ever been serviced recently? are they do for a refreshening? I'm guessing the answer to this is yes before you even answer. But also has the suspenion ever been properly setup for you?
04-05-2011, 10:02 PM
I'm going off of what my mechanic told me... Sorry if I'm not making myself very clear... To the servicing, I would have to say no... I'm the third owner and it hasn't been treated very well until now. It's got just over 26k on the odometer. What entails a "refreshening"? And no, they have not been set up for me personally. I figured they were set really hard by adjustment, but he says no. Is there another way to tell or something I should look for/try before I take it in? I'm just trying to get a little more info before I spend $$$ I might not have to, and hopefully learn a thing or two lol Sorry if I sound a bit durrhurr.
04-05-2011, 10:08 PM
If there's 26,000 mile old oil there then the insides of your forks probably look like mud and the vavling thoroughly clogged with metal particulate matter. Which of course does not lend itself very well to smooth operation.
Refreshing involves opening the forks up, dumping out all the oil contaminated oil, and if need be busting it down to the valves and throughly cleaning them out with solvent.
Watch this for some more info on the subject:
04-05-2011, 10:20 PM
Wow, awesome video... I'm going to have to go back and watch all of it, great info there, thanks :) Makes perfect sense in relation to mine's present condition. What would be a fair price for having this done? And thanks a million for the help :)
04-05-2011, 10:26 PM
Ehhh, depends....usually something in the $100 price range. I'm not sure where you are located and what shops are around you. I've found that most dealer mechanics are far from being savy when it comes to properly servicing suspension.
04-05-2011, 10:29 PM
Depends on what you really want/need done. What are your goals? If is is just street cruising and you want a safe ride....have a reputable shop clean out your forks, replace seals, maybe bushings, fresh oil and you are good...maybe couple hundred if you take forks in yourself.
if you are hitting the track expect to spend 500-750 with someone like Lindeman or Traxxion to get them set up right...
In both cases, take the time to set your sag when you are done.
04-06-2011, 04:56 AM
I plan to take it to the track in the future, but for today a safe ride is priority as it's now my only mode of transport. That and I'd like to be able to push it a little harder than I'm able to today. Thank you guys for your help, I really appreciate it. :)