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    Front end weights & rear shock options

    Part 1
    We're going to put my race bike on a diet over the winter. It currently has F3 uppers and triples with Hawk lowers, Lenac brake kit, and CBR 1000 dry or F2 rain front wheel. We just bought an FZR400 project bike that has a '91 Gixxer 750 front end on it. We weighed the GSXR and the F2 wheels and the GSXR wheel is seven pounds lighter. (!!!)

    The Gixxer 750 front end will probably be replaced with a different one on the Fizzer, and so I have the option of putting that on the Hawk. I'd still only run one brake caliper/rotor.

    Anyone ever weigh front ends? Got any numbers? What are the other options and what's the lightest?

    Part 2
    I've got a Fox rear shock that's feeling "muddy". I've had a couple people say that I should just have it worked on to freshen her up a bit, but I kinda want to sell it and get one of those piggyback Wilbers that Hord's bike is sporting 'cos I think it's the hotness. Opinions?
    '88 Hawk - Street '89 Hawk - Track '67 Fiat 500 - Luigi follow only the Ferraris

    #2
    Part 2... personally i'd have the fox shock rebuilt to your weight. if it hasn't been rebuilt in a while, or hasn't ever been setup for you, this should make a substantial difference.

    if i were to spend $$ i'd go with either ohlins or penske... _very_ likely penske, but they're big $$ for a topoftheline one
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      #3
      Yeah, cost is what attracted me to the Wilbers besides it looking cool... I have a more basic Wilbers on the street bike that I quite like.

      Supposedly the previous rider of my bike was my size/weight, or close to it. I took a class on Wed and the instructor deals primarily with suspension throughout the class, and he's pretty insistent that I have it rebuilt and possibly resprung for me. He thinks it might be leaking internally or even possibly empty.
      '88 Hawk - Street '89 Hawk - Track '67 Fiat 500 - Luigi follow only the Ferraris

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        #4
        Originally Posted by scott
        Part 2... personally i'd have the fox shock rebuilt to your weight. if it hasn't been rebuilt in a while, or hasn't ever been setup for you, this should make a substantial difference.

        if i were to spend $$ i'd go with either ohlins or penske... _very_ likely penske, but they're big $$ for a topoftheline one
        i just asked JD about ohlins vs penske
        and for about the same price penske will build it just for you and ohlins is going to be a off the shelf item.

        have you looked into rebuild cost yet? i would bet its going to be less than a wilber
        i have herd any shop that deals with off road suspention parts can recharge those. might be worth looking into.
        1988 & 1991 hawkgt, 2005 rc51

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          #5
          Alrighty, I talked to the trackside suspension guy that we know who always comes to STT days.

          He said it wasn't worth it to rebuild the Fox, and gave me a "good guy" price on an Ohlins... and it's a pretty good price. I buy as much as I can from Hord, but I see this guy all the time at the track, and I'd feel better buying from him as I'd be asking him for setup help as well.

          Anyhoo, so now the question is, rebuild the Fox, or buy the Ohilns... and how much can I sell a clapped out Fox for?
          '88 Hawk - Street '89 Hawk - Track '67 Fiat 500 - Luigi follow only the Ferraris

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            #6
            I paid 70 bucks to rebuild my fox at fox right before they stopped the whole street line. I paid close to a G for an ohlins for my rc. Even if you get a new spring for your fox you should be able to get it done for under $200. Ohlins is nice. Fox ain't that bad.
            ChrisT

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