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Jan 2nd 2018, 09:36 PM   #1
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  Feb 2016
  Gig Harbor

Recommend a Suspension Shop

I'm looking to upgrade the front and rear suspension on my R nineT. I've been researching various options, and will probably order online. I would then most likely want a good shop to do the install and tuning.

Recommendations?

I'm in Gig Harbor and would travel a fair distance for a good shop.
Jan 3rd 2018, 05:56 AM   #2
 
  Jan 2016
  Lynnwood WA

  2007 Yamaha FZ6, 2008 Aprilia Tuono & 2009 Yamaha WR250R
While I don't have any first hand experience with them, I've heard great things about KFG Motorsports in Auburn.
Jan 3rd 2018, 06:24 AM   #3
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  Jan 2016
  Moses Lake, WA

  2013 Kawasaki Concours C-14, 2005 ZX-10R Kawasaki (Nekkid), '99 Yamaha TW-200
I have first hand experience with KFG, they are great! some of the best money I have spent on a bike in 40 years.
Jan 3rd 2018, 07:14 AM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  SeaTac

Ya. KFG. You might talk to them about the fork mods you want to do before you buy. They do full service/modifications including touring and race set ups. Might even save you some cash.
Jan 3rd 2018, 08:13 AM   #5
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  Sep 2017
  milwaukie oregon

  rc51 Aprilia rsv
Kfg is the place.
Jan 3rd 2018, 09:10 AM   #6
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  Feb 2016
  Gig Harbor

Thanks for the replies.

I have had two experiences with KFG, both of them VERY underwhelming, and don't wish to go there again.

Any other suggestions?
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Jan 3rd 2018, 10:07 AM   #7
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  Apr 2016
  Seattle, WA

  '79 XS650; '01 FZ1
Depending on how mechanically inclined you are, I vote learn to do it yourself. Good info is available, and hands-on knowledge can't be beat.
Jan 3rd 2018, 10:55 AM   #8
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  Sep 2017
  milwaukie oregon

  rc51 Aprilia rsv
I put a post up looking for a suspension guy in portland with a couple hundred clicks no replies so? i had them ( kfg) set up a couple bikes in the past and made a massive inprovemnt so? With a buddy helping setting your sag numbers is fairly easy and dave moss has a few helpfull online videos. as for rebound/compression that depends on the riding you do.
Jan 3rd 2018, 11:22 AM   #9
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  Jan 2016
  Kirkland, WA

  '15 675R
I'm with you on KFG, OP. Check out OPM in Kirkland. They've done great work for me and Michael really, really knows BMW's.
https://opmotorsports.com/contact/

Out of curiosity, what new parts are you going with? Are the stock forks Sachs like on the S1000?

Edited by mgfchapin on Jan 3rd 2018 at 11:29 AM
Jan 3rd 2018, 05:07 PM   #10
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  Jan 2016
  Moses Lake, WA

  2013 Kawasaki Concours C-14, 2005 ZX-10R Kawasaki (Nekkid), '99 Yamaha TW-200
Ohlins
Jan 3rd 2018, 05:10 PM   #11
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  Feb 2016
  Gig Harbor

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Originally Posted by mgfchapin
Out of curiosity, what new parts are you going with? Are the stock forks Sachs like on the S1000?
The stock 9T suspension is okay (I guess), but I always considered it to be rather unsettled and somewhat harsh when pushed on uneven pavement.

Then, my eyes were opened as to how good suspension could be when I had the chance to ride an S1000RR for two days, as well as two test rides on a Motus MST. I went back to my 9T and kind of went, "Hey, this actually sucks."

(^^ an exaggeration, but the point is made)

So, after reading lots of suspension threads on the 9T forum I've been corresponding with Ted Porter's Beemer Shop. Initially I was thinking Wilburs, but, based on my description of my riding, he's been pointing me towards TFX.

I'm looking for improving the front and rear so that the suspension never has to be upgraded again.

As for doing it myself: I'm an okay YouTube mechanic (I managed to completely rebuild my /5 front forks last winter), but I was rather suspecting that the 9T might take special tools and/or be over my head.

ETA: Anyone have experience with Suspension Done Right of Chehalis?

Edited by alienbogey on Jan 3rd 2018 at 05:13 PM
Jan 3rd 2018, 07:21 PM   #12
 
  May 2016
  Olympia

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Originally Posted by alienbogey
Thanks for the replies.

I have had two experiences with KFG, both of them VERY underwhelming, and don't wish to go there again.

Any other suggestions?
If not KFG, another option I have used is FSS. Don't know if Dave is still around/local though -
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Edited by SatansPetFerret on Jan 3rd 2018 at 07:24 PM
Jan 3rd 2018, 09:53 PM   #13
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  Jan 2016
  Silverdale, WA

  848evo, DRZ400SM, XR100
Yep, I agree with OP on KFG. I will not go back to them again, either.
Jan 4th 2018, 12:25 AM   #14
 
  Jan 2016
  Redmond, WA

Michael at OPM has done suspension work on the 9T before. The customer chose Andreani cartridge kits and Ohlins rear shock. Completely different bike when it left.
Jan 4th 2018, 12:22 PM   #15
 
  Feb 2017
  Deming

  Gsxr600
Bmw’s Usually come with high end suspension.
Better bang for your buck etc. would just recommend tuning.
Sag, and front end dialing in.

Cheers
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