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    OHLINS FRONT FORKS 06 RSV Factory

    Hoping that someone on here can give me some information regarding upgrading the standard forks fitted to 06 factory bikes.

    I want to improve the handling on my factory which to my mind will be a better modification than any amount of horsepower upgrades.

    I want to know what is the model designation of the standard Ohlins front forks and whether or not they can be re-cartridged to offer enhanced adjustment and reaction?

    Obviously in an ideal world where money was no object then I would change the forks for a nice set of FG670 or FG700 superbike forks but at 6k plus that is way out of my range.
    Is there any advantage to changing to a set of R&T forks or are these what we have already?

    Have changed the rear shock to a 46 PRCLS already and have seen a marked improvemnt over the original model.

    Your thoughts and information are appreciated.
    Thanks in advance

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    You can contact these guys

    http://www.k-tech.uk.com

    and as far as I know, ohlins also provides an upgrade kit for our front fork.

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    K-Tech did mine with 25mm sbk internals and revalved them.

    I've got this kit on my trackbike and road bike and it's well worth doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by planttec View Post
    Is there any advantage to changing to a set of R&T forks or are these what we have already?
    Changing to a set of true R&T forks would offer some improvement but you would need different T-Clamps.
    Also, though Ohlins offers a 100mm caliper bracket, they will not line-up with the original rotors centerline. You'd have to machine adapters/spacers.

    You can achieve comparable performance to the R&T with the 25mm Superbike valves, the only thing you'd be missing is the top-out spring, the main spring guide bushings that are included with the R&T forks and some lighter weight internal components.
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    Thanks ST, Mitch and Amauri.

    Have contacted some of the uk suspension shops to see who canb do this work for me

    Thanks for the info.

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    with respect to the stock OHLINS forks ... I was basically informed that they are nothing compared to the OHLINS with the suberbike internals and that the stockers are not that great at all.... for what it is worth.

    i have showa forks with GP internals so it doesn't mean anything to me ...
    What am I doing now ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by derrickhackman View Post
    with respect to the stock OHLINS forks ... I was basically informed that they are nothing compared to the OHLINS with the suberbike internals and that the stockers are not that great at all.... for what it is worth.

    i have showa forks with GP internals so it doesn't mean anything to me ...
    Derrick

    Are you saying that its not worth doing the mods to the stock forks or that they are rubbish until you do?

    Although I have also been told that the Ohlins equipment on our RSV's is "Budget" quality they are a vast improvement on most standard bikes I have owned in the past and at present, CBR1000RR for instance. Hopefully valving will make them even better.

    As said before if money wasnt an issue a nice new set of Superbike forks would be on the way but its not to be, my balls feel good where they are and wouldnt feel / look so good hanging of a meat hook in the garage where my wife would put them if that bill came in. Was bad enough when I told her a nice new set of BST's was arriving anyday!!!

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    I am saying the forks with the suberbike internals are GREAT and that the stock OHLINS forks are not that great with the stock internals. So when you change the internals you get a HUGE improvement with the forks.



    This is what I have been told by several people that have had the suberbike internals put in as well as by the local suspension gugu. This is not my first hand experience since I have the real-low-budget revalved Showa forks.
    What am I doing now ?

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    i've got two sets of secondhand gas forks coming in soon, one set 670 and one set 700.. price not known yet.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by cwalker View Post
    i've got two sets of secondhand gas forks coming in soon, one set 670 and one set 700.. price not known yet.....
    Hey you troublemaker you started all this in the first place. My bank balance has not been the same since i first read that blasted Mayhem thread

    My name please on the FG670........... I will drop you an email today to jog your memory. I think the FG700 will be too rich even second hand!! But never say never.

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    u're only getting in the REAL trouble now buddy....
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    in stock form the ohlins outperform anything stock from kayaba and showa, however depending on riding a revalve might help some people, over the winter i'm doing the superbike internals from computrack
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    Before you look at buying the Ohlins gas forks check out the service intervals.. last time I looked they were stupidly low. A friend who works for the Phase One endurance team said thay they only went for them this year because the Ohlins factory produced a set of endurance spec forks that didn't need servicing twice during a 24hr race!

    Have to ask the other question as to why you "need" them and are you aware of how difficult they are to set up? Unless you are very experienced - read National or International level race technician - then you will struggle to get them set up and working better, or even as well as, non gas forks.

    Gas forks were developed for race track situations to keep mid stroke support and suppleness - particularly with the engine braking characteristics of modern race bikes not producing such an extreme weight transfer and leaving the conventional forks struggling - at WSB level - mid stroke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by millemille View Post
    Before you look at buying the Ohlins gas forks check out the service intervals.. last time I looked they were stupidly low. A friend who works for the Phase One endurance team said thay they only went for them this year because the Ohlins factory produced a set of endurance spec forks that didn't need servicing twice during a 24hr race!

    Have to ask the other question as to why you "need" them and are you aware of how difficult they are to set up? Unless you are very experienced - read National or International level race technician - then you will struggle to get them set up and working better, or even as well as, non gas forks.

    Gas forks were developed for race track situations to keep mid stroke support and suppleness - particularly with the engine braking characteristics of modern race bikes not producing such an extreme weight transfer and leaving the conventional forks struggling - at WSB level - mid stroke.
    Good points, well made.

    No I am not a WSB or even a BSB rider but do aspire to be the best that I can be when out on track. Neither am I a National or International level race technician.

    My 06 will not be seeing the road again as it will be a track only tool which I am honing to be as good as it possibly can be.
    Obviously as a "Keep for life" bike I want it be something special. Of course the vanity / bling factor does come into this as we can see it comes into many peoples rides on this very forum.
    But....
    I have spent considerable sums in terms of hard cash and time on the bike so far and each addition has led to further discoveries about just how good the RSV1000R really is and how it should have been direct from the factory. What I would like to achieve is the ultimate Aprilia, in my eyes at least, and be the owner of a truly magnificent V twin which can mix it up with the best of what the other manufacturers have to offer.

    We learn something new each and every day and the limitations of the SBK forks as far as durability is a new factor to look into which I certainly wasn't aware of. I would really like to know what is involved in these frequent services and why, with a set up costing in excess of 6k GBP this would be required.....
    As for the difficulty in setting up the suspension I would say that most riders don't fully understand the implications of correct set up and are just playing with "Clicks" and "Turns" hoping to hit the right combination that works for them, often that goal is never reached and sometimes with disastrous consequences
    I do not proclaim to know it all myself but I know what feels right when cranked over and putting down the power or late braking into Druids and reeling in some of our l4 brothers. As such I use the services of a couple of Experts track side to get things working as they should. Will they be up to the job of working on SBK's? They say yes, Time and finances will tell.

    Thanks again all for the info given in this thread, it still always amazes me how high the level of knowledge is within these specialised forums and how freely you are all willing to share your experience with others. Its what makes a good forum Great.

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    the forks are endurance spec, service intervals in street/track use are not too bad. i've had mine in for over 7000 kms now, we checked twice and they're perfectly OK.

    bonus added... they're set up for the rsv for exactly that use. it took us a bit of work, but we've got all the settings noted down here, as a good basis for 90% of street riders.
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