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Old August 29th, 2013, 11:48 AM   #1
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Ohlins forks

Hi all, I'm looking to get a set of ohlins forks for the evo. What can expect to pay for a set? Am happy too go the used route.
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Old August 29th, 2013, 12:33 PM   #2
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I highly suggest cartridges instead. For the price of cartridges and a shock, you can get just the forks.

Hard Racing has a deal on Íhlins R&T 30mm NIX forks for $2299, can't beat it!

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Old August 29th, 2013, 02:44 PM   #3
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Tye makes a valid point. For about 100 more you can get a ttx mkII and 30mm NIX cartridges which by the way are the exact same internals as the r&t forks. Sp your paying about 1k just for the gold or black fork casing. If you think its worth it or you just gotta have the flash go for it man its your $.
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Tye makes a valid point. For about 100 more you can get a ttx mkII and 30mm NIX cartridges which by the way are the exact same internals as the r&t forks. So your paying about 1k just for the gold or black fork casing. If you think its worth it or you just gotta have the flash go for it man its your $.
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Old August 29th, 2013, 03:05 PM   #5
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There is a substantial difference in the NIX fork bodies and shoving a 30MM cartridge into a stock showa fork. Question is how do you ride and is the price difference worth it. I'm a heavier rider who does lots of trackdays. i'm running 27mm offset triples so the reduced flex with the 30mm NIX forks was worth it for me. I just got them in the mail and they are a serious piece of hardware. The isolation of the rebound and compression in seperate forks is neat too. Its like putting 3,000 square feet of furniture into a $2500 sq ft home. You can make it work, but it's far from ideal.(not my line).
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I've got 25mm Ohlins cartridges and they're amazing. I'm also only out $900 as opposed to more like $2000. For my type of riding they're well above and beyond what I'd be able to get full use out of anyway.

Full disclosure: I also have a TTX36 with DK linear link. I think it's more important than the fork mods to be honest.
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Old August 30th, 2013, 04:22 AM   #7
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Totally agree with the RT forks being overkill for the majority of riders at our skill levels when a set of cartridges will get you very, very close to where you want. The main perks of going with the forks are the coated tubes (smoothness), 1pc billet bottoms (strength), and obviously the plug & play install.
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Old August 30th, 2013, 06:42 AM   #8
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If you're going for an increase in performance and also for the flashy looks of the gold forks (hey lets be honest, the gold forks look awesome) then your cheapest route would be buying used forks off of a 1098S or 1198S and buying aftermarket triples. If you want a giant increase in performance go with the RT forks.
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When I sent my Showa forks to Dan Kyle, we discussed the fork tubes and he mentioned they could polish the chrome tubes to get me pretty close to the coated tubes. So I opted to have them do this service for me.
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When I sent my Showa forks to Dan Kyle, we discussed the fork tubes and he mentioned they could polish the chrome tubes to get me pretty close to the coated tubes. So I opted to have them do this service for me.
Exactly and honestly, having owned both, I prefer the showa tubes because the chrome is way harder then the TIN coating on the Íhlins. My new TTX22 Íhlins forks on my dirt bike come with a hybrid coating which is DLC and TIN, interesting combination. But the shit scratched off in 3 months of use!

Chrome is the way to go, polish the crap out of them and ditch the dust seal.
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Old August 30th, 2013, 08:10 PM   #11
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I have the NIX forks in the front and TTX and dan kyle link! i could not believe the difference on the street and on the track felt like it was on rails! it cost a few bucks but i'm glad i did it!
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Old September 1st, 2013, 10:10 AM   #12
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I got a pretty nice tax return one year and spent it on the 803's. They are amazing. I probably could have gotten by with reworked stockers, but then again I probably could have gotten by with a Jap bike.

If you've got the cash, get the 803's. Then get the TTX.
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I got a pretty nice tax return one year and spent it on the 803's. They are amazing. I probably could have gotten by with reworked stockers, but then again I probably could have gotten by with a Jap bike.

If you've got the cash, get the 803's. Then get the TTX.
Not sure if you can get 803's anymore. That's what I had my sights set on for an FGRT/TTX package and my parts guy got me the updated version (819s) for the same price, because the 803s weren't showing up in his system anymore.

Either way, the "bolt-on & forget it" nature of the RT forks was worth the investment for me. YMMV.

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Not sure if you can get 803's anymore. That's what I had my sights set on for an FGRT/TTX package and my parts guy got me the updated version (819s) for the same price, because the 803s weren't showing up in his system anymore.

Either way, the "bolt-on & forget it" nature of the RT forks was worth the investment for me. YMMV.

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Totally agree with the bolt on statement.
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Not sure if you can get 803's anymore.
The older 25mm R&T forks are FGRT 803.

The new 30mm R&T forks are FGRT 213.

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That's what I had my sights set on for an FGRT/TTX package and my parts guy got me the updated version (819s) for the same price, because the 803s weren't showing up in his system anymore.
The FGRT 819's are an older fork, they are not the current model.
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