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Matris fork kit installation

Just wanted to report another Matris fork upgrade installation. The process went extremely smoothly, just be sure to loosen the top caps with the upper pinch bolts loose, same thing for the final top cap tightening too. Steps are roughly as follows

1. Remove fender
2. Remove calipers and wire to radiator guards
3. Loosen front wheel pinch bolt and axle
4. Remove front wheel
5. Loosen top pinch bolts
6. Loosen top caps
7. Loosen lower pinch bolts and pull fork leg
8. Remove top cap and dump out spacer, washer and spring.
9. Actuate fork to remove old fork oil, add oil and actuate to remove air bubbles
10. Place valve stack with aid of spacer, it’s a tight fit
11. Place spring on top of valve stack
12. Place spacer on top of spring
13. Screw in adjustable top cap
14. Assemble everything in reverse

I bought by kit from Department of Suspension too and was pleased with the service. Unfortunately I missed the blow out pricing on the fork kit, but it is well worth the 500 bucks. My FZ6 went from being down right scary on rough pavement to feeling like the fork is tracking the imperfections. The OEM set up has NO DAMPENING. I don’t care if it is called a damper rod fork, it has no mechanism for controlling the rate of oil flow when the fork is being compressed or extending, it acts just like an under sprung pogo stick. I weigh 185 so your mileage may vary but in OEM form the front is pathetically under sprung. With my wife on the back, adding 112 lbs, the front dove like drug seeking patient in the ER looking for a dropped hydrocodone. Extremely happy with the kit, it is how the bike SHOULD come. I’d rather pay Mr. Yamaha a little more. Some people actually ride and don’t want the super sport ergos but do appreciate the NECESSITY for adjustable suspension.

Slapped on the Matris steering damper too. Keep in mind it will only work with 2004-06 bar mounting hardware, and I happen to have an extra set if anyone needs the old style top clamps. Anyway, not much different on street, but makes a world of difference on those high speed interstate runs, calms things down tremendously. Again, worth the money and would do again.
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Which model fork kit and damper kit did you get? Got any pics yet?
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F05 SE fork kit is what I went with. There is a lower model available now without the valve stack, but I don't know how much less expensive it is. I'd certainly go with the F05 SE.

As fare as the steering damper, I chose a black M3.

I'll snap some bad pictures tonight.
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Excellent! I agree a hundred percent with you about the stock setup having no dampening. After installing the Hyperpro springs both front and back on mine I know that upgrading the suspension is a must on this bike.

I went from thinking that I would not keep the FZ6 for too long to knowing that I will own it for a long time, after this mod.
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Very nice. Thanks for the pix. That gives me some more ideas for winter mods.
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what springs did yours ship with? 1 dot on them is .85 kg/mm, 2 dots is .90 kg/mm and 3 dots is .95 kg/mm. Mine had the .85 springs and my adjusters are showing 5.5 rings (7 rings total) to get 43mm preload with me on it (176-178 geared up). I agree the front end difference is something else. Ive been running the Matris front since the end of June and really like it. It is what made me want a new rear shock as the stocker seemed bouncy once the front was firmed up. With the Matris front and Ohlins rear, handling is very lively. Turn in is quicker than a stock bike and it holds a line much better. Anyway, it's cold and the battery came out for winter storage anyway today. Next spring I'll fiddle with the rear dampening to sort everything out and balance the bike....
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One dot.
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I agree, the rear, really feels springy now. Sorry about the end of riding season. I go year round.
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Thanks for the step by step, I added your thread next to the Matris Fork Kit in the https://www.sportbikes.net/forums/fz6...rket-mods.html thread.


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