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    How to upgrade forks on a budget - guidance needed

    Hi,

    I was planning on getting new cartridges for my MT 09 this winter. However, as I don't ride track i can't justify spending the needed amout of money (>1000 $) so I'm looking for the best way to improve the forks on a budget.

    Will new springs and oil be sufficient for spirited street riding or should I at look something like the K-tech 20SSK piston kit?

    I'm hoping to keep within a budget of 400'ish $ (if that's possible).

    Recommendations and experiences will be much appreciated.
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    Im no expert so I might be totally wrong here, but my understanding is that getting a good set of Forks+cartridges tuned for your weight and riding style by a shop that knows what it is doing will give you the most benefit (Ohlins are the only company that I know that sets complete forks) and cost the most. (Way more than $400 and likely unavailable for an FZ)

    After that a cartridge kit and springs installed by a shop that knows what they are doing and tuned for your weight would give you the next best benefit (>$400)

    After that a valve kit and springs installed by a shop that knows what they are doing and tuned for your weight would give you the next best benefit (about $400 or a little more)

    After that springs and oil and then getting your suspension tuned for your weight/riding style (<$400)

    After that getting your current suspension tuned for your weight (<$400)

    After that checking your air pressure and playing with different ratios front and rear

    After that putting on some Ohlin stickers on yo forks and pretending.
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    I have the stoltec piston kit and springs. Good upgrade and not too expensive...

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    Forks by Matt in vendor section is a good place to look..
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    find someone that's replacing their stock cartridges, get Sonic springs from Stoltec, new fork oil, either use the same shim stack or remove some of the shims from the stack...rebuild and you're set. this is a cheap and easy way to get a better ride out of the stock parts. do what you want, it's your money...I did the before mentioned and worked great for me. like yourself, keeping it within reason for how I ride. If money wasn't an issue, sure I'd have the big name brand stuff installed.

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    Stoltec and forks by matt both have budget front fork setups ranging from $330 to $380 or so, you need to check.

    Nick from stoltec is starting a core exchange program that gets you 85% to 90% toward great shocks without spending alot.

    Matt offers the same thing with his setup called intermediate which also gets you close to the 85% to 90% of what you would expect great shocks to be.

    I actually had matt do mine today, shocks not back onto the bike yet but will be very soon. Im getting rid of that brake dive and pogo issue.
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    Thanks for your replies

    If I lived in the US (or nearby), a budget setup from Stoltec of Forks by Matt would most likely be the solution I would choose.

    However, I live in Scandinavia so the shippings costs would make it less of a budget solution.

    I like working on my own bike and feel fairly confident in doing the fork upgrade myself, so the 400 $ would only need to cover parts.

    I'm wondering if springs and oil would be sufficient upgrade which is why I'm considering the K-tech 20SSK piston kit, but it's difficult to find any reviews.
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    I'll be happy to send you the valve assemblies and parts to get to 'Intermediate'. Postage is about $17. You should be able to find a domestic source for springs. Sending PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tjuit View Post
    Thanks for your replies

    If I lived in the US (or nearby), a budget setup from Stoltec of Forks by Matt would most likely be the solution I would choose.

    However, I live in Scandinavia so the shippings costs would make it less of a budget solution.

    I like working on my own bike and feel fairly confident in doing the fork upgrade myself, so the 400 $ would only need to cover parts.

    I'm wondering if springs and oil would be sufficient upgrade which is why I'm considering the K-tech 20SSK piston kit, but it's difficult to find any reviews.
    My 2 cents - I'd take Matt up on his offer. I have the intermediate setup and its "WAY BETTER" than stock. Matt is good to work with - He will set you up right, however you choose to do so.
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    The K-Tech SSK (2 replacement valve assemblies) is $219 MSRP. But it's still just the one leg doing any damping.

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