Schrader valves in fork tube caps

oft

Member
Joined
May 28, 2005
Messages
4
Likes
0
#1
I weigh 160 lbs, heavier fork springs are recommended. Would it be possible to tap the fork caps and thread schrader valves into them? Would a few pounds of air mimic stiffer springs?
 
Joined
Dec 6, 2005
Messages
340
Likes
0
#2
Theoretically, yes, it would make them seam stiffer but but as you ride the air temp changes and then so does your "spring rate". I would prefer to have mine consistently
poor than unpredictable.
 

oft

Member
Joined
May 28, 2005
Messages
4
Likes
0
#3
Thanks ridejunky, I was looking for easy way to increase " spring rate". Hoped to avoid buying springs, special tools, and, according to owners manual, difficult fork teardown.
 

paab

Member
Joined
Aug 31, 2006
Messages
76
Likes
0
#4
Putting a little extra oil in the forks will acheive the same thing. Just go up in small increments. 3-5mm higher level should give some result.
 
Joined
Apr 15, 2002
Messages
552
Likes
0
#5
No special tools to change fork springs. If you install XR springs which are longer than stock, you will have to make spacers or modify the stock spacers. Neither is a problem at most elementary shop work. Maybe a 30 minute job. Understand this is a spring change, not seals, oil or etc. Cheers John
 

oft

Member
Joined
May 28, 2005
Messages
4
Likes
0
#6
John, you mentioned "xr" springs. Are these better and or cheaper than kawasaki springs? 38 kg springs from FRP are about $80.
 
Joined
Apr 15, 2002
Messages
552
Likes
0
#7
If you can find the xr springs used (they never wear out) they are cheaper--got mine for about $40. Some debate whether they are better or not. Orr eqpt Honda springs are hot rolled and others are cold rolled. Other consideration is that xr springs are longer - literally giving you more "spring" than stock length. The longer spring does require spacer length change--longer spring requires shorter spacer in the same compartment. My buddy on KDX put in heavier aftermarket like FRP sells and they work well also. Change the springs for heavier ones of one kind or another before you have to go to er--several on here will verify. Cheers John