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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.