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post #1 of 11 Old Jun 8th, 2019, 8:40 pm Thread Starter
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It's time to upgrade the suspension on the old girl. I've been researching possible options and talked to the local shop as well as Ted Porter's BeemerShop. Casey at Ted Porter's recommends TFX over Ohlins and Wilbers. Anyone here have any experience with TFX? Also, what is the collective wisdom regarding progressive springs vs. linear rate springs? Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 11 Old Jun 8th, 2019, 10:06 pm
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Re: suspension

I'm needing an upgrade as well. The answers to the above will be helpful. Awhile ago I put taller shocks on my 1150gs; can I do the same on the LT, maybe increasing travel and height at the same time?
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I am running the TFX from Ted and I like it. One advantage over some others is the rear preload adjust has a whopping 15mm movement and am told by ted that the adjuster mechanism to alter the preload is more robust than the Ohlins and is less likely to blow out. It is a good shock IMO. I can recommend it. I believe it also has a longer rebuild interval.

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Is it the shock itself or just springs you want to replace?

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I'm doing the shocks and springs, front and rear. To me, It seems that just springs is just a temporary fix since the shocks will need to be replaced soon anyway. I have about 60 thousand miles on the OEM springs and shocks and from everyone I've talked to, the original springs are soft anyway and the shocks only last about 30 thousand (depending on who you talk to, the mileage varies).
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post #6 of 11 Old Jun 9th, 2019, 10:39 am
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I'm also looking to replace suspension on my 04' (53K). I recently did a fairly thorough search of this forum going back several years and Wilburs were the clear favorite. The general complaints on Ohlins were the rebuild interval was short. I also talked to someone at the Beemershop back in March about all three brands and he very much favored the Wilburs. Based on all that, I was planning to do Wilburs soon but I'll be interested to hear about recent experiences from others on this topic.

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I got my new TFX suspension on Thursday and installed it on Friday. I took my first ride on the new suspension on Saturday. I noticed the difference as soon as I took it off the center stand as it now sits a couple inches higher than it used to. A huge difference in handling and much firmer and easier to hold the line in the curves (confirmation bias maybe? I doubt it but...). Well worth the expense. My only issue with the TFX is that the pre-load adjuster is longer than the original and didn't fit in the space of the old one so I had to mount it in a different location. No big deal. Can't wait to load her up and take an extended trip!
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Re: suspension

I bought Wilburs at Ted Porter’s suggestion and he set them up. Here is my experience:

Pros:
1. Higher ride height making centerstand use easier (even with EHCS).
2. Much stiffer ride, particularly in the front.

Cons:
1. Much stiffer ride, particularly in the front.

Neither here no there:
1. I noticed no real difference in handling other than that due to the higher ride height. I no longer drag the centerstand nearly as often riding two up, but otherwise I saw no difference in handling.

Knowing what I know now, I would have simply replaced the rear spring to get better ride height and kept the less harsh ride of the stock suspension. The LT is almost uncomfortably firm now riding solo.
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My LT has 42k km or 26k miles.
When should I be thinking about suspensión changes.
The info about the rear spring would be great. Just replacing that.


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I'm thinking same on just springs. Did a search for Hyperpro and found pretty positive reviews on this forum. As for mileage, I see a lot of range and opinion. Some say for sure do at 25K miles, and others 125K miles, so I suppose it comes down to usage and riding style
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My LT has 42k km or 26k miles.
When should I be thinking about suspensión changes.
The info about the rear spring would be great. Just replacing that.


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Replacing OEM springs with Hyperpro Progressives will always be better unless your shocks are shot. I just recently did mine resulting in a very appreciable difference. It’s as much of a necessity as steel beaded brake lines (also done).

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