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I am not a small lad - about 200 in gear. After a day of break-in at the track, I realized that the stock forks are undersprung for my weight/use - I nearly bottomed them out a couple of times.


I also a cheap bastid - I couldn't quite convince myself to go full cartridge for this bike, so decided to go with a spring/emulator kit. Picked up the TD kit yesterday and installed it this morning.


The kit is very similar to that offered by RaceTech for the Ninja 250/300 with some exceptions:
It includes new springs - slightly shorter than stock, but that's to accommodate the emulator.
New damper tubes - much better quality than stock, drilled and surfaced to provide a good seal with emulator.
RaceTech emulators
New preload spacers - aluminum, rather that stock steel.


I've done a number of fork rebuilds and have to say the R3 forks are super easy to service. No fork spring compressor needed. Once forks were off the bike, it took maybe an hour to rebuild both forks. No drama, no tragedies. You do have to completely disassemble the forks to allow removal of the stock damper tube cup, but overall a nice kit that installs easily with basic shop tools.


You will need: 41 mm seal driver, 24 mm socket, 8 mm hex (allen) driver - 4" long or so, and a means to set fork oil levels - that's about it.
 

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I got the same kit several weeks ago, but haven't installed it yet. I'm waiting to get my bike on the track and run it with stock suspension so I have a good comparison.
 

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I can't wait to hear your review about this kit. Did you happen to take any pictures during install? I would love to post some info on this on my blog since I haven't had my forks apart yet and don't plan on it for awhile.

I am not a small lad - about 200 in gear. After a day of break-in at the track, I realized that the stock forks are undersprung for my weight/use - I nearly bottomed them out a couple of times.


I also a cheap bastid - I couldn't quite convince myself to go full cartridge for this bike, so decided to go with a spring/emulator kit. Picked up the TD kit yesterday and installed it this morning.


The kit is very similar to that offered by RaceTech for the Ninja 250/300 with some exceptions:
It includes new springs - slightly shorter than stock, but that's to accommodate the emulator.
New damper tubes - much better quality than stock, drilled and surfaced to provide a good seal with emulator.
RaceTech emulators
New preload spacers - aluminum, rather that stock steel.


I've done a number of fork rebuilds and have to say the R3 forks are super easy to service. No fork spring compressor needed. Once forks were off the bike, it took maybe an hour to rebuild both forks. No drama, no tragedies. You do have to completely disassemble the forks to allow removal of the stock damper tube cup, but overall a nice kit that installs easily with basic shop tools.


You will need: 41 mm seal driver, 24 mm socket, 8 mm hex (allen) driver - 4" long or so, and a means to set fork oil levels - that's about it.
 

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Jesse - so far, so good and no real complaints. Front seems to stay pretty well planted, tire wear looks good. Some external adjustability (compression, rebound) would be nice and I may end up going with a full cartridge system later. For the remainder of this season I think they will be fine. In my case, I needed to respring anyway so the difference between new springs alone and the TD kit wasn't much coin - overall: satisfied. The downside to this set-up is that it doesn't lend itself to 'between session' adjustments. Luckily, I must have gotten pretty close with emulator setting and fork oil weight on the first try.
 

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Awesome, my damper rod kit with emulators will be here tomorrow and I'll be installing before I leave town Friday morning so it's ready to ride when I get back for sept 6th. Can't wait!
 
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