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post #1 of 15 Old 01-25-2019, 09:15 AM Thread Starter
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Raising The Forks

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I have a 2017 and am wanting to quicken the steering. Ive already changed to a 190/55 rear tire so Im contemplating raising the forks. Im wondering if anyone has raised their forks, by how much, and if you had any clearance issues? Im a more sport oriented rider and accordingly like to use every bit of available clearance when at lean. Any feedback on this would be greatly appreciated!
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post #2 of 15 Old 01-25-2019, 09:47 AM
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You should be able to do that. I think you can get somewhere around 5mm before there are issues.

I ended upgrading my suspension, but before I did that, I bought a t rex adjustable link. Many buy these to lower their bike, but it can also be used to raise the back end. I found that to be a better alternative. Last time i was on ebay, there was a used one there for 15.00 so it can be a really cheap thing to add.
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Yeah I wouldn't go more than 5mm, especially with the 55 rear. If it starts to get a little twitchy look into getting a steering damper/stabilizer. I have the GPR and am very happy with it.

That said, make sure you sag, spring rate, and damping is right, because that's going to vary the steering geometry greatly if you have excessive sag and dive.

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I've raised the fork tubes 5mm on both my 2012 and my 2017, along with a 55 series rear tire and there are no issues. I do not notice any twitchiness and I'm a knee dragger and see no problem with ground clearance
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You should be able to do that. I think you can get somewhere around 5mm before there are issues.

I ended upgrading my suspension, but before I did that, I bought a t rex adjustable link. Many buy these to lower their bike, but it can also be used to raise the back end. I found that to be a better alternative. Last time i was on ebay, there was a used one there for 15.00 so it can be a really cheap thing to add.

How much did you raise the rear with the link? Noticeable difference in turn in??
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I've raised the fork tubes 5mm on both my 2012 and my 2017, along with a 55 series rear tire and there are no issues. I do not notice any twitchiness and I'm a knee dragger and see no problem with ground clearance
Thanks for the response! Since you have a 2017 too Ive read that a few people have only been able to raise the forks 6mm due to the handlebar design. However, Im able to raise mine by 9mm. Is yours maxed out at 5mm??? Also, does the 5mm make a noticeable difference for you?
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What tires did you switch to when you went the 55?

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How much did you raise the rear with the link? Noticeable difference in turn in??
I've tried a lot of different settings. Right now,, probably 15mm higher than stock. It's so easy to adjust that precision measurements are not really needed. With that link, it takes just a few seconds so you experiment until you like the feel. The forks take much longer.
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Thanks for the response! Since you have a 2017 too Ive read that a few people have only been able to raise the forks 6mm due to the handlebar design. However, Im able to raise mine by 9mm. Is yours maxed out at 5mm??? Also, does the 5mm make a noticeable difference for you?

I see no difference between the handlebar design of the 2012 versus the 2017. I raised my fork tubes on my 2012 by 7mmn and that was as far as they would go. I "chose" to only do 5mm on my 2017. Yes, the 5mm made a noticeable difference. Significant improvement. I did not experiment with any other positions. It worked, and that was good enough for me
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