I think the best bang for the buck update in the front is a racetech gold valve rebuild with new springs and disabling the anti dive, it is not difficult to do yourself if you are mechanically inclined, just note how things come a part, the climber manual is good enough to use to take a part the forks. It is also not difficult to change the triple tree, just take your time. I have a Traxxion triple tree and no fork brace. It may take you a couple of times to get the steering head bearing set, generally you will tend set it too tight on the first pass. I also started off with 1.1kg springs and went with .95kg springs and like that better. The shock well that has been harder for me to dial in. With a stiffer setup you will tend to get what I call a "cal-clunk cal-clunk" stiff response on smaller road edge bumps like a road with lots of cracks across it. On the shock you can go with a Racetech rebuild or a Traxxion setup they will both end up around $600 I think. You have to take the tank out to remove the shock, but once you have done it once taking the tank out becomes pretty easy. Also you don't have to remove the right bag to get the adjuster out, just take the bolts out of the right bag and you will have enough room to get the hydraulic adjuster out. if you are going to change your air filter once you have the bike down to do that, the tank comes out in 10 minutes. I did not try the traxxion shock, I have run with the Racetech rebuilt shock for about 15K miles it has been ok, but not perfect. For the price either the Traxxion or the racetech rebuild may end up being good enough of you. This weekend I put in a full racetech GS3 unit with the stock Honda hydraulic adjuster, the weather just turned bad so I have little time on it, but it is much better on hard edge response and has adjustable rebound dampening, is it $300 better, as it's $900 after you return your stock shock to them, than the stock racetech rebuild or a traxxion , well that's the debate. Overall I have no complaints on the racetech front end rebuild, it has been good and I like the springs a tad bit lighter than they initially recommended. So what I have accomplished with the suspension changes, well I have a sport type suspension response, the bike no longer pushes in any cornering, and the steering response is much quicker and gives me much more confidence. I have given up some of the plushness though, the stock suspension is a big comfy sofa and it works great in a straight line and when the roads are not overly rough. If you just put along and go slower the stock suspension works great. I like the sofa feeling but could not deal with it in the corners or when maneuvering the bike. If you change the suspension realize you will give up some of that nice sofa comfort if the roads are a little rougher. Maybe the full monty does better on the rougher roads than the race tech, but you do have adjustments you can play with in the gold valves to dial in a little plusher response on the front. Have fun either way it's a fun bike to work on and tinker with.
2003 GL1800 (Fast and Furious Red)
Last edited by JT_BMW; 11-20-2016 at 01:28 PM.