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Old 1 Mar 2007
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TTR front forks

My second question in as many days! My TT600RE has just become a proud owner of a lovly pair of TTR front forks. I am going to strip them down, new seals etc... I have been trying to find out what weight oil i should use in them on re-assembily, what is the standard weight. As she will be loaded up with all the normal gear for a africa trip and and a stiffer rear spring ( white power rear shock from a TTR) is there a heavier oil I should use?
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Old 2 Mar 2007
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Whats the differance between the R and the E apart from kick and elec start. I currently have a ttr kick start that has been to Morroco and back home and am now looking at changing and have possibly looked at changing to the RE and placing my travel kit onto it.
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RE forks and shock only preload adjustments can be done
R forks compression and rebound adjustments, but no preload
Shock fully adjustable ohlins

RE has a 50mm lower seat hight and has a bigger flywheel and electrical output to charge the battery and power for the magic button
R has no battery or E start.. kick only

Power is about the same for both bikes, but the R feels snappier due to the light flywheel

finally the RE is about 20kg heavier
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The TTR forks are longer, so if you dont fit the rear (longer) ohlins shock you may find the bike rides like a chopper!
I have 2xTTREs and 1 TTR. I think the front brake hose from the TTRE will be slightly too short also.
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Hey Leigh
Yes I am in the process of getting my hands on a TTR shock (maybe even a white power!!) so they will match, Do you know of any perticular oil I should use in the forks (with overlanding in mind). I have been looking at the cables and I think I will have to find some of those too.

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In my experience, the standard forks with standard spring, oil etc is fine. TTR ramp up compression and rebound to near the max, TTRE ramp up the preload. TTR suspension basically gives you a smoother, less "skittish" ride. The rear ohlins unit is good, again ramp up the compression and rebound damping to near max. Don't forget to do the preload, get the suspension to the point where the bike sits at the same height with luggage, fuel etc, as when there is just you on it. I took my TTR 8,500 miles 2 up with luggage so I know it can take, never even had to replace any fork seals.
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