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I just picked up a 2019 R3. I usually do something with suspension on a "lower-end" bike. I put Racetech emulators/springs on my FZ-07, and very happy with it for track days. With the USD forks on the 2019, what's my best option for upgrading the front end??? I don't want to do a full cartridge kit, as this will be my primary "street bike", and I can't justify the cost. I was thinking heavier springs (I'm 205#), and maybe heavier fork oil? I'm not looking for the BEST. I'm looking for "better"..... Any help would be appreciated, thanks-
 

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This is going to be tricky for now. But you should get preload adjusters. The problem is that there are none out there for the 2019 yet.

I would suggest to call a suspension specialist near you and ask him.

I personally use Computrak Boston. Peter is very experienced and really nice;if you ask him he'll give you his expert opinion.

The other option to ask Dave Moss via email. He'll take a few days to answer back.
 

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This is going to be tricky for now. But you should get preload adjusters. The problem is that there are none out there for the 2019 yet.

I would suggest to call a suspension specialist near you and ask him.

I personally use Computrak Boston. Peter is very experienced and really nice;if you ask him he'll give you his expert opinion.

The other option to ask Dave Moss via email. He'll take a few days to answer back.
I'll look around.... My normal suspension guy is a bit stumped too? It's either run full cartridges (over $1000), or run the stock set-up. Honestly, the 2019 forks feel MUCH better than the stock forks on my wife's 2016 R3 (before I did springs/emulators/oil). Ohlins makes a FSK-143 "street kit"- pretty much a new spring (one)for the compression leg, and Ohlins fork caps..... Sells for $250-seems a bit high for a spring, and some "pretty" fork caps? I may just ride it for a year, and something better shows up.
 

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I'll look around.... My normal suspension guy is a bit stumped too? It's either run full cartridges (over $1000), or run the stock set-up. Honestly, the 2019 forks feel MUCH better than the stock forks on my wife's 2016 R3 (before I did springs/emulators/oil). Ohlins makes a FSK-143 "street kit"- pretty much a new spring (one)for the compression leg, and Ohlins fork caps..... Sells for $250-seems a bit high for a spring, and some "pretty" fork caps? I may just ride it for a year, and something better shows up.
Mhhhh......

For $250 you get preload adjusters and a set of springs for your weight from Ohlins. That's not bad for the price. I would consider that option if you only ride on the street.

But, I personally run the Andreani cartilage kit on my 2019 R3 track bike. I paid $650 with installation and I get compression, rebound and preload adjustment.

I also know that Jesse at Norton Motorsports sell preload adjusters for the 2015-2018. Perhaps you should give him a call and ask him if he'll have one for the 2019+.

In the mean time if you are not sure what option to get, put a zip tie on one of your forks and ride. See if you bottom out the suspension, if you do then you should consider:
1. Adding pre-load adjusters and changing the fork oil quantity/density. If necessary change the spring.
2. Add a cartilage kit.
3. No change if you're not going to keep the bike for long.

Hope that helps.

Keep us updated.
 

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Mhhhh......

For $250 you get preload adjusters and a set of springs for your weight from Ohlins. That's not bad for the price. I would consider that option if you only ride on the street.

But, I personally run the Andreani cartilage kit on my 2019 R3 track bike. I paid $650 with installation and I get compression, rebound and preload adjustment.

I also know that Jesse at Norton Motorsports sell preload adjusters for the 2015-2018. Perhaps you should give him a call and ask him if he'll have one for the 2019+.

In the mean time if you are not sure what option to get, put a zip tie on one of your forks and ride. See if you bottom out the suspension, if you do then you should consider:
1. Adding pre-load adjusters and changing the fork oil quantity/density. If necessary change the spring.
2. Add a cartilage kit.
3. No change if you're not going to keep the bike for long.

Hope that helps.

Keep us updated.
Actually, with the FSK-143 for the 2019, you do NOT get preload adjusters... You get Ohlins fork caps with an "air bleed"(2019 has USD forks). Being this bike is my dedicated "street bike", I didn't want to go full cartridge kit. At first, I thought that the $250 price was a bit high? I mean it's one spring for the compression leg.... I was wrong! The kit contains four (4) different spring rates- a 7.0, 8.0, 9.0, and 9.5 rate spring. This means, after I get some decent oil in there, I can try the different fork rates out (without removing the forks). Lift the front end (to unload the spring), remove the cap, remove the spring, drop the next in, replace the cap and it's done! This makes the $250 price tag a better value than it seemed at first.... My suspension guy is ordering them this week. I'll post updates when they arrive-
 

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I also buy from Peter at computrackboston, great customer service. I could have sworn I read a thread that mentioned a cart kit for the usd forks.
 

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I also buy from Peter at computrackboston, great customer service. I could have sworn I read a thread that mentioned a cart kit for the usd forks.
They do make a cartridge kit for it.... I'm just using it for street use, and don't want to drop $1000 into the front end of a $5,000 "street" bike-
 

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Actually, with the FSK-143 for the 2019, you do NOT get preload adjusters... You get Ohlins fork caps with an "air bleed"(2019 has USD forks). Being this bike is my dedicated "street bike", I didn't want to go full cartridge kit. At first, I thought that the $250 price was a bit high? I mean it's one spring for the compression leg.... I was wrong! The kit contains four (4) different spring rates- a 7.0, 8.0, 9.0, and 9.5 rate spring. This means, after I get some decent oil in there, I can try the different fork rates out (without removing the forks). Lift the front end (to unload the spring), remove the cap, remove the spring, drop the next in, replace the cap and it's done! This makes the $250 price tag a better value than it seemed at first.... My suspension guy is ordering them this week. I'll post updates when they arrive-
Hey man, how do you like them?
 

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Hey man, how do you like them?
For my application (street), it makes a huge difference. I don't get the front end "dive" during braking like I used to. Yamaha put a progressive rate spring in the forks (a terrible idea). Just going to the straight rate Ohlins spring for your weight makes all the difference. I'd highly recommend this kit!
 

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For my application (street), it makes a huge difference. I don't get the front end "dive" during braking like I used to. Yamaha put a progressive rate spring in the forks (a terrible idea). Just going to the straight rate Ohlins spring for your weight makes all the difference. I'd highly recommend this kit!
Thanks Cornerslider for the reply! that is exactly what I want my bike to stop doing!
May I ask where you sourced the kit from please?
 

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I bought mine through my local suspension tuner Brandon Punt: www.tracksidelabs.com I ordered mine last winter, and the kit was backordered 3 months. It was worth the wait.... Brandon actually tried to talk me out of the kit, and thought I would be disappointed. He builds/tunes high-end race suspensions. I had to keep reminding him that I'm not chasing championships, and it's for STREET use.... I consider Brandon a friend and trust his advise on everything suspension. FYI: I wrote up a review of this kit last spring (on this forum), along with my experience installing it. Good luck-,
 
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