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The set-up I have gives the best ride quality I could get with minimal $. Just springs and oil wt and levels. The ride quality was hugely improved but damping still sucked, it never really kept the front tire "planted". I have Ohlins forks on my BMW R9T and the difference is HUGE in terms of keeping the front tire connected to the pavement.

I priced the parts to go to 2015 damper rod forks. It's just shy of (plus tax) $400 from Surdyke. Gold Valves (emulators) from Race Tech are $200. Total price is about the same price Harleys' cartridge kit cost but without their bargain basement cartridges and Race Techs' Gold Valves are tuneable.

Waiting 'til after Jan 1 2023 and I have my property taxes paid to get the parts.
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The plot thickens.

Seems that under HDs' new policies I can no longer order parts from Surdyke. BUMMER. HDs' new policies SUCK, at best.

So, I found a set of 2008 1200C forks on e-bay with 18,000 miles on them for $300 and hit the buy button. Same length and 39mm diameter tubes but the longer (9") damper rods so it may actually be a win / win. They use the same seals etc and RaceTech springs and same Gold Valves as the new 2015 parts I was going to buy. We'll see if I can use the sliders or need to use my originals.

The longer damper rods are actually a plus, as like my longer (and longer travel) Ohlins rear shocks, most of that travel will go to restoring normal sag / ride height numbers.

"Real" RaceTech Gold Valves (not chinese copies) are also on the way. I already have RaceTech .90 and .95 springs.

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