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So i been outta the loop for a ling time. Didn't know till just recently works springs aren't being made anymore.



So what is the best alternative to the works springs? Or can they still be found?


I just need to know as i plan on redoing the suspension later this year.
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I like my straight rate racetech springs.
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yeah between racetech and progressive springs i'd probably go with racetech.

i haven't looked into things for so long though i don't know if there is another option.

either of you run ricor intiminators? when i do redo my forks i plan on putting intiminators in them.

and i know ricor has springs as well. but i'm really bummed about works springs not being available anymore.
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Bump...because I want to know too.
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yeah between racetech and progressive springs i'd probably go with racetech.

i haven't looked into things for so long though i don't know if there is another option.

either of you run ricor intiminators? when i do redo my forks i plan on putting intiminators in them.

and i know ricor has springs as well. but i'm really bummed about works springs not being available anymore.
I had Intiminators. They were crap. Like really crap. No support at all either. Gave them away to Spacetiger. There are a lot of happy people with Intiminators. There are a few not so happy people with them as well, and sadly Ricor has a pretty bad track record when it comes to customer support. Just my 5 cents.
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I've been running progressive springs and intiminators for a few years now with no problems, much better than the stock springs and banged out oil in my 04 1200r forks that I bought with about 10k miles on it. I run a fork brace and a set of Hagon shocks on back.
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Another thumbs up for intimidators. I had problems with the poor bump compliance of the standard damper rods. I was getting a numb right hand made worse but the harsh forks.
The Ricors helped a great deal but I did have some issues. You would be advised to strip and clean the forks before fitting them as they are likely to have built up a fair bit of sludge.
I found that the Amsoil fork oil Ricor recommend didn't work well in cool UK conditions. It has a low VI for fork oil, so the damping ramped up too much in the mid stroke when cool.
I changed it for Silkolene RSF Pro of comparable viscosity (Vst) but with double (!) the Viscosity Index. After that the forks had great mid-stroke compliance in all temperatures.
I barely notice the suspension now which is how it should be.
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I have Intiminators in 2 of my bikes and like them. Definitely noticed a difference. The first time I installed, I used Progressive's progressive rate springs & they work fine but I like the suspension stiff so I have long preload spacers in the tubes. The second bike I used Racetech single rate springs at the recommendation of Ricor and they are good as well. The preload spacers are shorter in the second bike so I'm guessing the longer ones in the first bike just take most of the "progressive rate" out of those springs.
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