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Old 11-08-2012, 12:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a two part question here and would appreciate any and all comments and suggestions:
1... would adjustment on the pre-load of the front suspension help or cure this issue....
2... what are my options with changing fork oil and or springs...

I know our bikes are a tad on the heavy side...and under aggressive braking the forward inertia is pretty strong...but I just feel like mine gives a bit too much. Curious as to the proper fix !! Thanks !!
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well, if you have the money, this seems like a really good way to go:

AK-20 Axxion Cartridge Kit

But yes, increasing preload will reduce dive somewhat, however it also reduces compliance so you will feel bumps more and they will upset the bike more.
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I have a two part question here and would appreciate any and all comments and suggestions:
1... would adjustment on the pre-load of the front suspension help or cure this issue....
2... what are my options with changing fork oil and or springs...

I know our bikes are a tad on the heavy side...and under aggressive braking the forward inertia is pretty strong...but I just feel like mine gives a bit too much. Curious as to the proper fix !! Thanks !!
I followed the lead & took the advice from many on this 4m & did the R1 fork swap. Relatively cheap (second hand forks) & very easy job.
Instant improvement in the way the bike handles!
After much uneducated fiddling about with settings myself to try to make it even better, I then had the suspension set up by a specialist who tailored it to suit me.
End result...feels like a new bike & handles like a cruiser shouldn't...excellent low cost mod!
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Interesting!!!
R1 fork swap you say??? as in exact replacement/fitment?

from any particular year R1??

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I followed the lead & took the advice from many on this 4m & did the R1 fork swap. Relatively cheap (second hand forks) & very easy job.
Instant improvement in the way the bike handles!
After much uneducated fiddling about with settings myself to try to make it even better, I then had the suspension set up by a specialist who tailored it to suit me.
End result...feels like a new bike & handles like a cruiser shouldn't...excellent low cost mod!
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To get started there's a LOT of ink on the R1 fork swap inside the Popular Mods post. Then when you have ideas in mind you'll have fodder for the search tools. There are variations and improvements so read everything you can find including the older AND newer threads.

There is a link to Popular Mods in my sigpic below. When you get there scroll down to Suspension.
I don't know how many of the links are still active, let Tomba know if any are broken.

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Def search for r1 threads I have swapped over to the 07-08 forks which have the 6 piston calipers and 310mm discs. The discs bolt right o the warrior wheel. You can also use the 04-06 with 4 piston calipers and 320mm discs. You can also use the 02-03 stuff and from
What I understand if you have a 02-03 warrior the warrior calipers will swap over. IMO there are enough forks out there on the market now you might as well get the newer stuff with the better brakes.


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Interesting....californiacruiser sent me a link to Traxxion Dynamics.....turns out , this company is in Woodstock Ga...about 20 miles from where I live in Norcross Ga. Think I am gonna call them to see if they may have some R1 forks layin around and what it would cost to get them set up for my Warrior....I will let you know what transpires after a phonecall today !!! Thanks everyone !!!
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Interesting!!!
R1 fork swap you say??? as in exact replacement/fitment?

from any particular year R1??
You've been with us 6 years and haven't heard of the R1 swap? If you want handling it's the way to go. I have the 04-06 setup. Yes, it's a direct bolt on. If you can change your oil, you can do this. Like Arizona said, there are many threads on this. Do a little homework for the specifics.
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lolllll.....hahaha.....yes I have heard of it, just never really got my attention until it was put this way in terms of the front end drop....I'm all about doing my homework....but thanks for the encouragement

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You've been with us 6 years and haven't heard of the R1 swap? If you want handling it's the way to go. I have the 04-06 setup. Yes, it's a direct bolt on. If you can change your oil, you can do this. Like Arizona said, there are many threads on this. Do a little homework for the specifics.
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traxxion dynamics does some nice stuff but chances are they won't have full R1 forks, just cartridges to fit the R1 forks, same as they do for the warrior. If you just want to get rid of the dive Traxxion's cartridges may be the way to go but if you want the full adjustment the R1 fork offers check ebay and the R1 forum, as well as any local classifieds in your area. they are bound to be much cheaper.
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