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Old 12-05-2012, 05:01 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I suggest you try these guys - or I can ask for you if you don't want to create another forum account.
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I'd really appreciate if you could ask for me.
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Old 12-05-2012, 05:53 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Markbilt racing is in Millville, NJ which is... 50 or so miles from Philadelphia? You might give them a call for more info.

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Old 12-05-2012, 05:58 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Markbilt racing is in Millville, NJ which is... 50 or so miles from Philadelphia? You might give them a call for more info.

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Will do. I go to med school in Philly, so I'll just have to make a trip out there before the spring.
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:54 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Will do. I go to med school in Philly, so I'll just have to make a trip out there before the spring.
They might also know of a smart track day guy near you who could at least do the basics - if you need that done this time of year. Or, Google "Dave Moss" and I'm sure you could figure out how to do much of the very basic setup. I managed the correct sag with some help; the rest was in the ballpark but got a lot better with help trackside.
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I think I'm just going to save myself the headache and keep the factory settings for now, and just get it dialed in professionally. It doesn't feel bad the way it is, I just know it can be better. I probably should figure out which exhaust I'm getting and if I'm replacing the battery first.
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It can't hurt to set the sag. Having said that, get it on the track and road and ride the arse off it, if you find a problem, get it sorted then ?? Why look for issues that aren't obvious to you ?? Some riders are not good enough to ever find the limits of their suspension anyway, and they will never have a problem. Some riders prefer hard suspension, some soft, it all depends on how you ride, where you ride, how heavy you are, if you push the bikes limits. I have mates that ride so slow they could shove a broom handle up the rear of their bike and they wouldn't know the difference, i have other mates that push their bikes to the limit and know exactly what they need. Give youself a chance to work it out before you go spending money that you might not need to. Is there an issue when you brake hard ? If you are scraping your boots on the ground does the bike feel planted and solid ? If it doesn't feel solid, is it the suspension, or are you just nervous and putting the bike off line yourself ? etc, etc. I have an 04 S3 and as i have said before on this subject, my boots are constantly scraping on the ground, my tyres are shreaded to the edges and i have never changed the original suspension components. I have set it up myself, i weigh 95 kg, plenty of info on how to do that everywhere on this forum. I use it for scratching in the hills all the time, two up for long trips with the missus carrying a Ventura bag, no problems. A mate of mine owns a 1050 with all the bling suspension parts and i don't have a problem keeping up with him anywhere. All i'm saying is don't spend the money unless you are noticing a problem. I can't keep count of the amount of riders i have talked to that have spent so much money on all the good bling bits for their bikes and love telling you about it then, you ride past them in the first three corners never to be seen again ???? Give yourself and the bike a chance to bond.

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Old 12-05-2012, 07:14 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Get it on the track and on the road and if you find a problem, get it adjusted then ?? Why look for issues tha aren't obvious to you ?? Some riders are not good enough to ever find the limits of their suspension anyway, and they will never have a problem. Some riders prefer hard suspension, some soft, it all depends on how you ride, where you ride, how heavy you are, if you push the bikes limits. I have mates that ride so slow they could shove a broom handle up the rear of their bike and they wouldn't know the difference, i have other mates that push their bikes to the limit and know exactly what they need. Give youself a chance to work it out before you go spending money that you might not need to. I have an 04 S3 and as i have said before on this subject, my boots are constantly scraping on the ground, my tyres are shreaded to the edges and i have never changedthe original suspension. I have set it up myself, i weigh 95 kg, plenty of info on how to do that everywhere on this forum. I use it for scratching in the hills all the time, two up for long trips with the missus carrying a Ventura bag, no problems. A mate of mine owns a 1050 with all the bling suspension parts and i don't have a problem keeping up with him anywhere. All i'm saying is don't spend the money unless there is a problem.
Good advice. I won't change a thing until I know what I need. I've scraped up the sliders on my Supertech R boots on the speedie, but I believe that was mainly due to lazy foot position during cornering.
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bradvanhorn gave good advice, when you are ready sort the original suspension. I imagine very soon you will probably have about 400 members telling you and me how good their bikes are since they spent a fortune on new bits and how bad the OEM stuff is. They have to say that because they have already spent the money. I'm in deeeeeep here, lol.
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bradvanhorn gave good advice, when you are ready sort the original suspension. I imagine very soon you will probably have about 400 members telling you and me how good their bikes are since they spent a fortune on new bits and how bad the OEM stuff is. They have to say that because they have already spent the money. I'm in deeeeeep here, lol.
LOL. Yeah, I know I always feel that way after replacing OEM parts. I'm sure the performance gains are exaggerated to some degree, but I guess if you got the money to spend it's not a big deal. I just want my bike to handle well. I'm coming off an R6, which had surgical handling, so I could imagine I'll appreciate having the S3 set up properly to my weight and preferences. I don't know how much I'd be willing to dump into the suspension just yet, but I like the bike more every time I ride it... so it could be sooner than later.
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It can't hurt to set the sag.
Absolutely! But it can hurt to NOT set it! If you're in the typical weight range the stock suspension is set up for from the factory, you shouldn't have to worry too much, but if you're on the light side or heavy side and (and this is a fairly big "and") really ride it, you could potentially encounter a situation where you top out or bottom out your suspension which could have serious consequences. EVERYONE buying a new bike should at least set the sag. Not so much a performance as it is a safety issue. My opinion, but I stick to it!
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