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Not sure if I am capable or not but have a question. I feel my front shocks seem a little lite when I come to a stop. The front dives more than I would think it should. I may try and get my shocks rebuilt over the winter. Is there anything special I can or should do to the forks IE: special oil, stronger springs etc? Just want the front to feel as plush as possible. Thoughts?

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Not sure if I am capable or not but have a question. I feel my front shocks seem a little lite when I come to a stop. The front dives more than I would think it should. I may try and get my shocks rebuilt over the winter. Is there anything special I can or should do to the forks IE: special oil, stronger springs etc? Just want the front to feel as plush as possible. Thoughts?
Seeing how yours is a 06 its probably time for new fork fluid.
So you know the front end is supposed to dive as you call it for fast stopping

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Seeing how yours is a 06 its probably time for new fork fluid.
So you know the front end is supposed to dive as you call it for fast stopping
I know it should dive. I have never owned a big bike before and I am just unsure of certain characteristics. Like going over certain objects my front just seems like it doesn't soak it up as well as it could. I have only owned the bike a few months and it has 4k miles on it.

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That's awfully low mileage to have to rebuild the forks. Have someone with a similar bike ride yours before you decide to dive into those forks. Not shocks, those are in the rear.

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Sorry I meant forks. I am a moron lol.

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That's awfully low mileage to have to rebuild the forks. Have someone with a similar bike ride yours before you decide to dive into those forks. Not shocks, those are in the rear.
yeah 4000 miles on an '06...........some people just dont ride!
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Well the bike was stored for a while and the dust seals are showing some signs of lite cracking. When I go over an abrupt edge the bike feels like it hits hard and rattles a bit. Maybe I expect to much from the forks. I can tell you when I am 2 up the bike does feel somewhat better.

I just had an idea. Perhaps it has to do with the smaller tire that is on the front?

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Well the bike was stored for a while and the dust seals are showing some signs of lite cracking. When I go over an abrupt edge the bike feels like it hits hard and rattles a bit. Maybe I expect to much from the forks. I can tell you when I am 2 up the bike does feel somewhat better.

I just had an idea. Perhaps it has to do with the smaller tire that is on the front?
Does it feel like the forks are bottoming out??
heres a trick..put a zip-tie around your fork tube then go for a ride,
the zip-tie will remain to indicate wherever the furthest fork travel has been.
5.1 inches or 130mm is total travel so if you lean your bike on the sidestand to where the front wheel leaves the ground and have an assistant measure 130mm up from the fork legs lowest point then compare, then youre gonna have a better idea of what range your forks are travelling through .
These bikes are sprung fairly soft really as they're a cruiser, you could go to slightly heavier fork oil or increase the air gap you change the fork oil, both measures together will firm the forks up a little without making them harsh.
I used 10W full synthetic fork oil with a 135mm air gap last time and I'll experiment with 15W and 140mm next time I reckon, as I ride fairly hard.
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Some people over-G their shocks when ratchet strapping their bikes down to a trailer. The fronts are most vulnerable to this condition making them leak and may be the reason for yours feeling sub par.
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