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Re: 2019 Damper Rods In Pre-2018
« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2019, 02:51:58 AM »
Sooooo how did this turn out ?
Parts are very cheap I might go the same route if is a decent improvement. Looking forward to your opinion after riding it for a bit.

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Re: 2019 Damper Rods In Pre-2018
« Reply #11 on: August 13, 2019, 11:25:36 PM »
One thing I would point out is that the compression and rebound holes in the 2019 rods are significantly smaller than the previous model. The damping will be greater ( and possibility for lock greater at higher fluid velocities) in the 19's even though they have more travel and therefore need slightly softer springs. Now admittedly the stock early rods have really BAD damping and an aweful spring rate, so it may be an improvement, but I am pointing it out as something to consider when tuning your damping.
Honestly I think the RR way is probably better, even with higher unsprung weight of the full length springs and much heavier damper rods. RR and their suspension partner seem to have done really classy job on the front stuff. Suspension is ALWAYS worth spending money on.

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Re: 2019 Damper Rods In Pre-2018
« Reply #12 on: August 16, 2019, 03:24:23 AM »
*Originally Posted by CB-500-X [+]
Sooooo how did this turn out ?
Parts are very cheap I might go the same route if is a decent improvement. Looking forward to your opinion after riding it for a bit.

A couple of days after installing the 2019 springs, dampers, and a cheap set preload caps, I set out on a 3K+ mile trip which included the Colorado BDR.

https://ridebdr.com/cobdr/

I must say that I was really impressed with how the suspension performed both on road and off. With the 2015 suspension, I always found myself bracing for the impact anytime I encountered a bump, rock, or obstacle in the road. But with the 2019 components, the suspension soaked up everything I threw at it. I recall plowing threw a set of baby heads on one pass almost like I was riding my enduro or mx bike.

In summary, I spent a little less than $100 US upgrading the suspension on my CB500X (front: springs, dampers, prelaod caps, oil; rear: GSXR750 shock). The best money I have spent in a long time on a bike. Before upgrading to the RR components, I would spend the $100 first to see if this meets your needs. If not, no harm. As I'm sure someone would gladly take a full suspension upgrade off your hands for less than $100  :002:.





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Re: 2019 Damper Rods In Pre-2018
« Reply #13 on: August 16, 2019, 03:33:40 AM »
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Fantastic !
I have never taken forks apart, do you have to take the forks completely apart or can you remove the spring and damper without removing the forks from the bike and install the 2019 stuff ???   (I already have the cheapo preload adjusters)
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Re: 2019 Damper Rods In Pre-2018
« Reply #14 on: August 26, 2019, 10:19:30 PM »
Just ordered 2019 springs and dampers for my 2014  Can someone tell me how big a job this is ? Can the springs and dampers be replaced without taking everything apart ?

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Re: 2019 Damper Rods In Pre-2018
« Reply #15 on: August 26, 2019, 10:42:45 PM »
Basically its brake caliper off,  wheel off, remove mud guard and brace, undo top and bottom yoke clamp bolts and remove each fork leg. Then it's a strip and rebuild of each leg which I'll let someone else explain!

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Re: 2019 Damper Rods In Pre-2018
« Reply #16 on: August 27, 2019, 12:10:51 AM »
Thanks guess everything does come apart and not a simple drop in. Thx for the reply

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Re: 2019 Damper Rods In Pre-2018
« Reply #17 on: August 27, 2019, 12:17:46 AM »
*Originally Posted by CB-500-X [+]
Just ordered 2019 springs and dampers for my 2014  Can someone tell me how big a job this is ? Can the springs and dampers be replaced without taking everything apart ?

Before I started, I watched this video several times as I had never worked on forks before. This guy walks you through the entire process. But having completed it now, it was super simple.


A couple of things I will note. Before removing the front wheel, either unbolt the caliper or add some painters tape to the rim so that you don't scratch it. Secondly, I shortened the plastic spacers by 7/16'' using a miter saw with the 10mm+ dampers and the adjustable fork caps. You can skip this step for now. As you can always cut them down later. All you have to do is loosen the top cap with the forks still installed to gain access to them. Oh and, the air gap measurement is 160mm from the top of the fork to the oil without the spring installed and the stanchion tubes fully compressed.



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Re: 2019 Damper Rods In Pre-2018
« Reply #18 on: August 27, 2019, 12:20:00 AM »
Thank you. Still enjoying your new setup ? Makes a big difference huh?

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Re: 2019 Damper Rods In Pre-2018
« Reply #19 on: August 27, 2019, 07:34:46 AM »
Yes, YouTube is your friend with stuff like this. You might even find something CB500 related to go from.

The owners manual covers removal and refit of the wheels so that should help as well.

There is an Allen head bolt in the bottom of the fork (wheel spindle has to be out to see it) that I think you need to remove to get the damper rod out. Its v tight and best if you have a ratchet drive type Allen socket rather than a typical Allen key. It's been a while since I did mine so forgive me if it's a bit vague. If you search out some of the Rally Raid threads you should find a lot more info on stripping the forks.

In fact just had a thought, go to Rally Raid Products website and find the Level 1 fork kit. There should online instructions there with photos which should help.


 


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