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Does anyone know how or of a shop that can lower the suspension of my 2018 KTM 250xcf? For those wondering, it has AER 48 Air Forks (which I really like!) and a link rear suspension - which I also like. But it is a tall bike and I do not like that. So I want to internally reduce the length of travel on both ends to get the 1" reduction. Not interested in changing the links to reduce the rear travel, it has to be done internally (like the forks). I've tried different links in the past on other bikes and it just didn't work. That's because the links used to reduce travel also messes up the rising rate which typically makes it too soft and I'm happy with how my suspension works I just want a lower seat height. In the past with spring forks it was easy to lower the forks, but with AER my local suspension shop isn't so sure. Thanks!
I have a 2017 KTM 250 SX-F with 12.2 hours on it. I went to change the seals on the front forks per the maintenance schedule dictated by the owners manual. I soon found that my fork chrome plating is scored up to the point that if I run my thumb nail over it I can feel it. Has any one else ran in to the same type of wear?????? I called KTM North American Head Quarters and they seemed surprised by the wear on my forks. Stay tuned to see if they will be willing to fix the coating issue.
So these forks have been out for a while now, and initially they had very positive reviews but I never trust early reviews from a naturally profit minded industry promoting new products. Ive been researching this morning, clocks been doing laps and no one wants to spend their whole day researching and filtering recent and relevant information. So what is the current climate regarding these forks? Ive noted one issue with the forks sticking near the bottom of their stroke, is this issue resolved? Whats the next issue? I race Desert, or Cross Country depending on what side of the country you come from, B class, and I use a local suspension tuner(same guy always). High speeds, slows speeds over rocks(note common and potential damage to forks), hill climbs(rocks again), dust, averaging from as short as 1 hour to as long as 6 hours per event. Did I mention a lot of rocks? Pending a new bike purchase, Im looking at getting a 250 four stroke, and I wanna stay KTM, so theres interest in the 250 XCF(but the YZFX makes a lot of sense). So my concerns are, prep time prior to race start I don't care to be adding another step of setting air fork PSI, high speeds in dust I don't want to find myself going over the handlebars because the forks have collapsed, rock damage to stanchion compromising the fork, heat build up and ambient temperature change over the course of a 2-4hour race effecting my apparent spring rate. I immediately thought, looks like Ill have to pony up a few extra hundred bucks for the spring conversion since this corrects all of my concerns, but then I call up my suspension guy to get his opinion before purchasing a new bike, and he goes "no no don't waste your money on the spring kit, I got the air fork working GREAT!" OK awesome, so now if I insist on the spring kit Im asking him to delve into something he hasn't invested experience in and Im going against his recommendation. Or I go to another tuner. Or I cooperate and go air fork, but at what cost? So whats the consensus on these WP forks? Have WP addressed and corrected all the issues and growing pains of the new design? How fun is it setting fork PSI, or is there anyone using nitrogen as a more stable alternative and what is that experience? Can I afford to scratch the fork tubes on rocks on the 3rd loop of a NHHA? Can I assume the feeling and performance is still true and these are great forks? Thanks in advance!