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Does any one know if the new mt-09 sp suspension will fit onto a 2016 FZ-09? Was contemplating the k-tech cartridges but had a little thought about fitting the new sp forks instead.
 

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Actually that's a neat idea for the forks assuming they will plug and play.
The real trick would be trying to find the parts and remember to add the proper springs for your weight.
Does your bike already have a worthwhile rear shock?

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Does any one know if the new mt-09 sp suspension will fit onto a 2016 FZ-09? Was contemplating the k-tech cartridges but had a little thought about fitting the new sp forks instead.

I cannot answer your question, but had a full front and rear re-make of the suspension using K-TECH components on an earlier Tracer GT. Chalk and cheese, night and day, black and white. The transformation to a magic carpet ride was quite unbelievable, albeit at the cost of AUD$2100. Done by a pro, and not a job I'd tackle myself...
 
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I thought the forks on the 2021 MT-09 are shorter than the previous version?
 

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I thought the forks on the 2021 MT-09 are shorter than the previous version?
I think you are correct. I also read the reviews for the 2021 and they raved about everything except the stock suspension. I think it's probably cost a small fortune to do 2021 forks even if they fit and afterwards I think you still have a bike with crappy front suspension.
 

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Agree - with the folks above, I also remember reading that the forks on the '21 had less travel than the older generation. I'm not sure if that also means overall length is also shorter, but it probably is.
Unless you can get the SP forks for a very reasonable price somehow a swap will probably cost more too.

A cartridge kit (complete cartridges, not a re-valve of the stock ones) is surprisingly easy to install, and can be done in a single afternoon. If you order a kit from Stoltek you can even rent the tools you need to DIY from him so you don't have to buy any specialty tools, all you need are the basics for getting the forks off the bike.

Not sure where you're at but I'd be happy to spend an afternoon helping you if you're within riding distance.
 

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I can get the SP forks at a good price. That's why I was asking. I guess I'll just till I can go measure the forks on an SP model. Dealers around here don't have any currently. Still leaning towards a K-Tech setup though.
 

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I just placed a order for k-tech cartridges and the razor-lite rear shock.
Because of the suspension is so bad, I almost sold the bike a few weeks ago. But since the K-Tech suspension equipment works so well on my Tenere 700. I decided to keep it for another year with new suspension.
 

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You will definitely not be disappointed with this choice so long as the installation is done by a pro. 😀
 

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Installation doesn't require a pro. If you can change brake pads you can install cartridges.

I cannot agree. Having watched a pro suspension guy install new front and rear K-TECH components in my late Tracer GT, using tools that the average guy would not have, I'm convinced that this is no DIY task. Then comes the important part of fine-tuning the various parameter of the parts after riding the bike... which my guy did after two post-install outings, finally arriving at 'bliss' for me. But YM - and/ or skills level, experience, and tool-kit - MV....
 

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I just placed a order for k-tech cartridges and the razor-lite rear shock.
Because of the suspension is so bad, I almost sold the bike a few weeks ago. But since the K-Tech suspension equipment works so well on my Tenere 700. I decided to keep it for another year with new suspension.
My K-Tech suspension came in and had my K-Tech guy install it. I rode it back to the house (~100 KMs) and this is night and day difference. Bike can hit small bumps without any issues, no more wallowing in corners. So far, its worth the expense. Its a tad stiff right now, but I'm sure it will be perfect once broken in. I wish I would have done this modification at the beginning of riding season.
It's a piss off that these bikes come from the factory with such rubbish suspension.
 

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I need to finally bite the bullet and get the front end of my bike sorted out... Too curious to see the improvement and the inevitable "I should have done this ages ago."
 

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There are several cartridge kits available and they will all certainly be less than a complete fork set. My bike is set up for aggressive street and track days using the SK-20 kit and a Penske 8987 shock.
 
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