First gen fork setup Q's

Randy Grein randygrein at
Mon Nov 5 06:41:13 PST 2007

Good advice from Ernie. Determine spacer length by setting up forks;  
measure sag when YOU are on the bike. Find an easy point to measure,  
record length, sit on bike, record legth again. Or use a tie wrap  
around the fork leg, it will push up when you sit on the bike, raise  
the front end so the forks have no weight on and measure the distance  
between the dust seal and where it pushed the tie wrap to. You'll  
want about 1 1/4" of sag; the difference between the number you get  
and 1 1/4" is what you need to add (or subtract) to your next spacer.  
BTW, PVC water pipe is cheap, easy to cut and makes great spacers.

Randy Grein, WMRRA #41

On Nov 5, 2007, at 5:41 AM, Ernest Montague wrote:

> Buy straight rate.
> I would go with  20 weight.
> spacer length you will have to determine
> On Nov 5, 2007, at 4:18 AM, b r wrote:
>> Recently bought  a "new" (1945 mi.) 01 SVS. After cleaning and  
>> rejetting the carbs, have it running quite well. Got some springs  
>> for the front end and need some recommendations on what amount and  
>> weight of oil for a rider in the 130 - 140 lb range. These are  
>> Progressive springs (yeah - I know but the bike was a super deal  
>> so it has been hard to justify the $$$ for brand new accessories)  
>> any preferred spacer lengths?
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