Originally Posted by maria41
No one mentioned WP (Ex White Power ) yet.
I fitted it in my F650Gs and it was superb! I strongly recommend it.
I did the entire WP kit, I got a 10% heavier spring in the kit. I am very happy with it..
I used full travel WP Suspension - United Kingdom, - Sole Importers and Distributors of WP Suspension products in the UK - Full Travel Racing Suspension
These guys are very helpful and know their stuff.. I dont know if WP is better the ohlins.. but the service i got (before and after ordering was the reason i went wp). You will not regret it. Do be aware that once you start playing with the suspension you will be come addicted..it changes the bike so much that you just have to know how far you can push it.
It cost me (in 2007)
£475 for the shock 4014 fusion with upgraded spring
£100 for the remote preload adjuster
£63.25 for the wp proline progressive front springs
£19.84 for the front oil.
all plus vat and shipping
A basic how to on a Africa Twin.
Step one.. Get the boxes
Arnt they purty!
step two. Get bike on centre stand and take off all plastic
Scrape off some of the mud from last week
and remove the tyre
Remove the old bits and bobs, three bolts: two on the bottom one on the top, I did not bother removing the tank but it can make accessing the top bolts easier.
Slip in the new Shocker
Bolt on the preload and compression
and bobs your uncle..
It is as easy as it sounds.. it all just slipped in like it was not a after market part!
The only thing that was not plug and play was the bracket for the preload adjust, The one that came with it is for a stock end can (mine is custom).. so i had to make my own bracket.. Total job was less then 2 hours.
Fronts springs were just as easy:
take off plastic/ front wheel (like you are changing fork oil..) you can either drain using drain plug or pour it out (I did the latter).
I did one fork at a time so that I did not have to Remember where the forks sat in the clamps..
It was a simple job of removing old springs/oil
Put in the new springs (the correct way up). replace the spacer washers,
Fill with new oil (7.5w for thouse who want to know.. as suggested by full travel).
Pump the shocks a few times to remove excess air.
Screw back together .. this is the most tricky part.. as the spring is slightly fighting you.. but not really that bad..
Reassemble.. and in my case the set up was spot on..WP preset it up with thier best guess do to my description of my needs.
The suspention is great..the bike handles like it is a sports bike! It takes turns like the back tyre is glued to the ground. It has changed the ride in many ways.. Feels stiffer when you first get on but in a not wimpy shock kinda way..nice and firm.. All and all it has made the bike more responsive and more comfy.
The main reason for this was to give us a better ride when two up fully loaded we, have taken several couple week trips (including romania with its dirt roads). The new set-up has stopped bottoming out and keeps the bike far more stable when loaded.