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Hi guys,
I am excited about the new year as I have ordered my new pieces for the speed triple. I started to do the suspension for the bike a while ago and I remembered that one of the fork tubes had a small nick. When discussing this with my suspension guy he had talked about rechroming it, and that can get a little pricey! after talking to several people and at one point after misreading a price for the stanchion tubes I almost bit the bullet and sent them off for the chroming, and all the prep, and grinding that goes with it. Just before I did, I called a friend and found that the new factory stanchions are half what rechroming costs. needless to say I have two new ones on order. They should ship soon and hopefully they won't be on the slow boat! I have finallized the remainder of my plans. I am ordering WP shock with the remote preload for the rear, after considering many options, talking to many friends, and reading many forums here, this seams to be the best option considering that ohlins no longer makes one for our bikes. Also considered were penske, wilbers, and hyperpro. And now for the expensive part, the forks, once all the parts are here they will be will be treated a stay at the suspension salon, in beautiful downtown Phoenix. Instead of a shokra massage the sliders will be treated to thorough stripping and hard anodizing, once this is complete the new seals will be installed, and will be ready for other parts. the cartridges will not meet helga the facialist, (keep those thoughts clean!) but instead of opening up pores, the ports will be opened and a set of racetech gold valves will added. the stanchions will get the ultimate tan on the rather dark side with a treating of diamond like carbon. and for the hard body a set of ohlins springs will be added to stiffen things up (again keep those thoughts clean) top it all off with a bath of racetech fork oil and hopefully it will be one slick lean set of forks. Most of the work of focused on lowering stiction and making the action as smooth and controlled as possible. As tempting as the newer bikes are there is something about the first generation speedtriple that is addictive. As this bike is has served me very well for ten years now it is getting some long overdo christmas presents this year.
I hope that I have not put you all to sleep it is just that, that aflliction of mine HOT RODitous is running at full tilt, and I had to share with fellow enthusiast and hopefully make some of you laugh at my enthusiasm!
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You could have bought my S3 and had everthing done already (except for the super slick fork tubes) plus carbon fiber side cases!!! Would have been a good self present! Best of luck with it, can't wait to hear more about the fork tube coating, might do my forks for the TBS like that when I rebuild them.
 

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You can't let your #1 get lonley!!! Yes, it will take some effort to get them to work, but they look great!

[ This message was edited by: meanchuck on 2006-12-14 22:40 ]
 

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LONELY?
my number one can't get lonely to many other bikes in the garage. In fact I need to finish the 550 zephyr and sell it this spring.
I need to finish with the carbs for it float needles bowl gasket all those things that dry up when someone lets the carbs dry out. even then there will be the wifes 750 and her rd 400 that I need to restify! lets see seventies vintage two stroke, newer brakes, modern suspension, ported cylinders. Now you see what you have done. I've more work to do now. Chuck you are a bad influence!! :cool:
 

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Bad influence?!? My life is now complete! On the subject of modern suspension on vintage Yammies, my recent purchase of my inverted forks inspired my neighbor to find a set for his XS650 Streettracker (now with big bore kit to be a 750) that I am helping him build. I do not know how similar the necks on the frame would be between the RD an XS But we might test fit my forks to get an idea what we are up against. I can let you know if we come up with anything useful. That is when ever he has time.

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Cool stuff the forks are on a wish list for me too..

I want to strip them down myself and replace the springs and seals oil etc..plus renew the tubes..powder coat the bottoms.

I think a fair amount of swearing will be in order as the mud gaurd mounting bolts are solid and the compression adjusters are the same :(

But I shall overcome all that...I hope

:-D

When I replaced my rear shock I stripped the linkage as had the swing arm off too to check all the bearing where ok..it can be a git to do. The linkage spindle has a habbit of rusting in, even though the thing is littered with grease nipples it is the lowest part to the road and catches all the ***** :( I did a little write up on it at www.truimph-bikes.com if it helps, who knows it might just be british weather does it :mad:

Anyroad sounds like you are doing some top work there post up some pics when your done :wink:
 

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mark, thanks for the link I will check it out again in about a month to a month and a half when the WP shock comes in. one of the factors that will take some time will be the placement of the two remotes one preload the other the reservoir. It will be a good challenge. I am looking forward to giving a review of the differences on the bike once she is all back together. Also with the leaking fork the Alcon brakes have not lived up to their previous stopping power, something about oil and brake pads just does not mix.
 

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yeah I could for one but not the other as I have the sebring/triumph 3 into 1 exhaust and even then it would be rather exposed as the hanger for the exhaust is nothing like the stock pieces.
 

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Update time the forks are finally back still waiting on the shock. the wait for the forks has been the dlc coating it took over a month. they had sent the sliders to racetech and they told them that the finish would not come out good on the outside on the triumph forks. so I did not get the hard anodize. but I am assembling the front end today. It will probably not be done as I want to reclear the carbon fender. that takes me days as I wet sand and polish once the paint has cured to give it that wet glass look. I'll keep you guys posted.
 

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thought I would give you all a picture of the dlc coated forks they came out nice. I still have to work on the fork settings as I need to set the dampning and need to set the height as it is riding to high right now do to the new springs.

 

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It HERE!!!! finally after four months my new shock arrives. Don't know if I would do it again on the WP, and I definate would think of other alternatives given their new price structure. pricing just went thru the roof, but Jim Lindemann honored the original pricing! Now I think I am nuts, because I just sent it to canada with a friend of mine so he can throw it on a shock dyno this weekend if he gets time, while he is doing some testing for work. I guess after four months one weekend will not kill me, especially after I can see how much difference there is between settings. He has found in the past that some shocks vary little to none on initial changes and then suddenly change drastic, making it very dificult for the rider to adjust properly. Anyway here is a picture of the new beast. once it is in I will finish dialing in the front end right now I can't get a clear reading on what it is like with the stock shock.



PRETTY HUH!!
 

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Just an update I finally got the shock on today. ordered in december and installed in June something wrong with that. But wow what a difference! it rides over bumps like they are not there and the bike no longer squats on the throttle. this is with no adjustment yet! I will be checking the sag here this week and adjust the dampening after that if done. but if first impressions are correct it is pretty close out of the box.
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if only the same could be said for the forks. springs are too stiff, they are under damped, and they dive like crazy on the brakes. I will start with the springs readjust the dampening to see if it gets close and then if not the guys that built them can change the shim stacks. It is even more apparent with the new shock in that the fork is not right!
 
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