Suspension overhaul.

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Suspension overhaul.

I have a 1989 FZR1000 EXUP which needs a suspension overall. I am sure something is wrong somewhere as on anything but a smooth road it jumps all over the place.

Can anyone recommend a company who overhaul and set up suspension in the Berkshire area? I live in Reading.

I do not want a race set-up but a good Road set-up that will be OK for the occasional Track day.

Thanks
Paul

you probably need more than an overhaul - a new rear shock is what you'll be wanting if it's all over the place on not smooth roads. They don't come cheap though.I don't know if the rear shock on the Exup is rebuildable. Have a word with PDQ in Taplow. They might be able to help/advise.

I think there is a 95% chance the shock will need to be replaced. I believe it is the original, as I have no bills for a new one with the bikes service history. I do not want someone trying to sell me the Carlos fandango latest adjustable everything which will be lost on me and on the bike for general road use and the occasional novice track day. I am looking for some good quality workmanship and advice, the sort of advice that comes from experience along the lines of “we drop the forks 4mm change the oil and the fork springs and this adjustable shock only has preload and damper but is ideal for general fast road use”. I am willing to pay for the right advice and good quality workmanship, Hence why I am asking for recommendations and not going to Motorcycle City.

The cheapest you'll get a shock for will probably be a Hagon unit, for about £250 - £300.Also, if your Exup's like any of the Yamahas Ive owned in the past, all the bushes on the rear shcok linkage will have gone to shit, and you can look to pay around £100 just to replace all them - and that's just the parts. It's a messy, time consuming job changing them.To see if the bushes are knackered, lie on the floor looking at the shock and its linkages, and get a couple of mates to lift the back end of the bike. If the bushes are buggered you'll see play in the linkages as the weight of the bike is picked up.Forks will need new seals and oil at the least, and would probably benefit from new springs too if they're the originals. And new steering head bearings always help.If you're not happy about doing the work yourself, you just need to find a good, honest bike mechanic in your area, which could be easier said than done. Does anyone know of one?Just getting everything working as it should as standard will probably transform the handling from what it is now. Then you can start to worry about trying different settings.

YOU MIGHT TRY ABE THEY HAVE AN AD IN THE MCN ALSO TRY REVS RACING ASWELL , I HAD THE REAR SHOCK OF MY CBR 1000 REBUILT IT COST ME ABOUT £110 AND WAS FINE ,IT TOOK ABOUT 200MILE TO SETTLE DOWN BUT IT WAS AS GOOD IF NOT BETTER THAN NEW ALL THE BEST ROVERT.

Check the price on an OEM shock, you may be susprised! If not Hagon are excellent, got em all my bikes including an FZR 1000 Genesis (pre exup)and they work very well! I would avoid ABE (all bike engineering), my mate had his forks done by em a while back and they did a shit job! As for the rest do as mentioned new fork springs and bearings (Don`t forget wheel and Swinging arm)this will transform the handling. The jobs are not too hard to do, if you can the swinging arm out and manage to put it back in then you will be able to do em. Tools will include a rusty shaped long screw driver and an hammer!

I've got a ZZR1100, the suspesion goes tits up at only 8k miles ish. Due to the mileage I do, I opted for a Maxton unit and also had them revalve the forks. The shock can be serviced, by them, which is a plus for me.The improvement in the handling was amazing, they will build the shock and set the forks to what ever spec you want. They are a bit pricey £400ish for the shock, £190ish for the forks. Well worth the money.If you got to their web site, they will send you a quote:www.maxtonsuspension.co.uk:burnout:

"Why have we got engine oil in the bedroom?" she says. "It's fork oil and it's going nowhere along with that box that says Hagon on it and the one that says white power fork springs on it", I says.Went for the new Hagon, hope to turn the pogo stick into a road holding viffer.:smoke:

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