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    what kit is better , Race tech or ohlins

    Race-Tech Gold Valve Fork Kit for Showa Forks
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    Ohlins Supersport Valve Kit for Showa Forks FPK105
    http://www.af1racing.com/store/Scrip...idCategory=162

    I'll be doing race tech springs as well

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    The Race Tech Gold Valves on the AF1 site affect compression dampening only, whereas the Ohlins addresses both compression and rebound. I had the Gold valves put in mine and it did make the compression super smooth but, the real issue with the stock Showa's is rebound. It's pretty much nonexistent until the adjuster is turned all the way in. Race Tech does offer a rebound kit for the Showa's and I've got that on order right now.

    I've done business with Race Tech for several bikes and have always been happy with them. That being said, Ohlins is the Gold standard for suspension (IMHO). I have Ohlins suspension on my Multistrada and the ride is incredible. You really can't go wrong either way, just so long as you address the rebound if you choose to go with Race Tech.

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    i ran with the ohlins kit and race tech springs, since i was buying some other stuff out of here,
    since my rear master cylinder packed up after fitting new rear sets, as they do,

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    Waking an old thread (sorry) and adding some questions.

    How does the Öhlins valve kit stack up against the cartridge (showa fork)? Cost vs work is a rather obvious equation, but how is the performance? (I'm not that familiar with what the cartridges actually change other than rebound and compression)

    And a second question: How does an Öhlins-kitted showa fork (valving or cartridge) stack up against the Öhlins fork found standard on the Factory machines?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Notosai View Post
    Waking an old thread (sorry) and adding some questions.

    How does the Öhlins valve kit stack up against the cartridge (showa fork)? Cost vs work is a rather obvious equation, but how is the performance? (I'm not that familiar with what the cartridges actually change other than rebound and compression)

    And a second question: How does an Öhlins-kitted showa fork (valving or cartridge) stack up against the Öhlins fork found standard on the Factory machines?
    I've got the Ohlins valving kit in my Tuono right now. Huge difference. Now the adjusters actually do something when you change the settings, unlike the stock Showa valving. That being said, I have the Ohlins suspension on my Multistrada and the stock Showa fork on the Tuono, even with the Ohlins valving still comes up short compared to the full Ohlins fork. For me, it was a cost vs reward thing. Although the full Ohlins fork would be better, I just couldn't justify the cost,

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    Did the Ohlins kit come with instructions for your shim stack like the racetech kit does?

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    The ohlins stack is already in the correct order from the box on a stick like thing. As long as you keep the shims in the right order from the box, you just slide the stack right on. I don’t remember any instructions coming with mine.

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