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    Fork Springs!

    Ok. I see the market seems to be all about "progressive" fork springs. It's starting to look like "best oil?" or "best tire?" threads when enquiring which one to use.

    1: What are the benefits of "linear" over "progressive" springs?

    2: If "linear" springs are the way to go on the CX500, why so many "progressives" on the market?

    3: Are "linear" springs easier to set up/tune?

    4: Who actually sells "linear" springs for us 33mm fork people?

    Just looking to get my bike to handle the way I want it to and still playing with spacers. I'm currently trying to make the best of my Hagon Progressive front springs and Hagon "Road" rear shocks and considering if I'd be better off with "linear" springs.
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    I used a 3" spacer with my original springs and 15w oil.
    Stiffened it up nicely (even with Hondaline fairing) and improved handling greatly.
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    you would be better off with a stiffer front end

    put all the springs you want a 33mm front end is 2 noodles with a wheel for a spacer when it comes to handling

    get a fork brace at the minimum then maybe you can tell
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    Quote Originally Posted by murrayf View Post
    you would be better off with a stiffer front end

    put all the springs you want a 33mm front end is 2 noodles with a wheel for a spacer when it comes to handling

    get a fork brace at the minimum then maybe you can tell
    Cheap and easy front end replacement?
    1982 CX500 Custom (when I lived in the US)
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    1980 CX500 Batbike (Rebuilt again from the Stolen, trashed, recovered, stripped)
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    Cheap and easy front end replacement?

    they dont go together
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    Quote Originally Posted by murrayf View Post
    Cheap and easy front end replacement?

    they dont go together
    That's why I have to make do with what I have and can afford. Surely not all CX500's need a front end replacement to handle respectably.
    1982 CX500 Custom (when I lived in the US)
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    I couldn't find a 33mm standard rate spring so I tried the progressive springs they where a waste of time and money. I may as well of kept the original springs and increased the pre-load and heavier oil as previously suggested. Ended up switching over to a GL500 front end with 35mm Race Tech springs with emulators and I'm very happy with the results.
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    did you shorten the gl front end or did you just let the tubes stick up thru the top triple
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    I cut off about 3" from the bottom of the tube, then had the nut tacked back in, and had the tube machined to accept the bushing. still have about an inch over the top triple which I going to play with to see how it handles. so far so good. Huge improvement from stock.
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    3 inch is way low The difference in tube length is only 1.75 inchesIf you are 4 inches low you are way braver than me I would not ride it
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