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Dampening rod vs. Cartridge

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My dilemma,

I own:

03 KLX 400R with Cartridge type stock Showas

00 DRZ 400S with the dampening rod Showas with racetech emulators and springs.

Both forks interchange on the bikes.

I primarily ride the KLX, rocky and gross single track, fire roads, 25% street. Used to race in the woods intermediate and can appreciate set up suspension, but not nearly as worried about speed anymore. I am just not sure whether to do the valving on the cartridge forks or run the dampening rod forks.

Are there real disadvantages between the two fork types, and am I silly to consider going backward in technology?

Thanks in advance.

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when the cartridge forks arrived in the late 80's, the forks were better of course.

but I can't say the old dampening rod forks were unridable. never tried the emulators, but in theory they should work almost as good as cartridge forks.

I just disassembled a 91 XR600 cartridge fork and this fork has nothing to do with modern cartridge forks, but I remember this as the plushest fork I've ever ridden (I guess this is mainly because of the weight of a XR600...)

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