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Hello gentleman,

I have picked up old 600 with good motor 55000 miles on the clock really cheap with intentions to build up myself rally bike for fun. Everything is tired on the bike, so looking for advises of improving or replacing forks and rear shock. Any advice welcome.

Plan for this bike would be to prepare it for next year 2000 km off-road rally abroad, quick link below for idea what kind of roads would be.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tifTRe2kbg

Thank you.

Val
 

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Pick up a cheap KTM front end, machine the stem down a touch to fit Alp bearings and chuck some new springs in. Sorted :thumbup:

As for the rear shock... Well that depends how much you want to spend...
 

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Considering the money spend on suspension upgrade, buy an XT660Z or other bike. Only if you find the parts at scrapyard. its costs too much the suspension, it's extortion! I'd rather walk then spend so much on suspension.
 

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To change the front end on my Alp cost about £350 all in, that's given me a fully adjustable front fork with 300mm of travel

The rear shock can be upgraded for as little as £50

In my opinion suspension is the best upgrade for any bike
 

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To change the front end on my Alp cost about £350 all in, that's given me a fully adjustable front fork with 300mm of travel

The rear shock can be upgraded for as little as £50

In my opinion suspension is the best upgrade for any bike
Correct, it's the best investment. You have to be lucky to check for offers.
 

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and another noob question, my bike is 1992 with brake disk in the rear already, why in wemoto website front sprockets with six splines are marked for 87-88 models and from 89 are with with 13 splines? cheers
 

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Slowly don't have a lot time at the moment. Today my birthday. Got new Leo vice exhaust from friend. And most service parts hopefully will find time Friday or Saturday to start sorting it out

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Finally done full service on a bike replaced all cables as clutch cable was pretty much seized, new wheel bearings, spark plugs, filters, oil, brake pads ( soon will have to service calipers too , but not enough time before touratech event in wales) new chain and sprockets on front used -1 tooth should feel better for offroad , fitted new Leo Vice exhaust just left to make bracket to hold can, it sounds awesome, you cant beat v twin sound. Found tiny crack on motor left side case, it was welded before but not very well, luckily got mate professional welder. What do you think on tire setup i have used front tkc 80 and rear mitas e09? Just left to insure it and take it for a spin. After wales will started planing what to do with suspension, didn't decided yet. Oh yes was wondering about central stand, it was seized when i bought bike was able to move it down only using hammer and wd40 looks like someone been knocking on it, was thinking maybe i should to cut it off for that little bit extra ground clearance, but sometimes its handy, probably with some effort could make it loose again. What do you think should I keep it?
 

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Hi Vilkatas,


Where did you get the -1 (14) front sprocket from? Can you give me a link please? As i can't find one.

Regarding tires, i've run a rear Mitas e09 120/90 for about 5.000km (3.000miles) and it's looking like it's got max. 1.000 more in it. Done about 30% offroad.
But it's so good that i already ordered another. Going to try the Dakar version, and going with 130/80, maybe that one lasts longer.

Regarding suspension, i'm also undecided on what to do. It seems like the simpler option would be an RD03(AT650) swap. Front forks, tripples, wheel and brake, and rear swingarm and shock. I initially wanted to go with an XR front end, but that needs messing with springs and such to adapt to the TA's weight.

And for the center-stand, you could take it off for ground clearance and look into fabricating something like this to replace it:
http://www.xrv.org.uk/forums/africa-twin/86308-rd04-right-hand-stand.html
 

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here is the link for mine with 6splines, if you need type in your bike year in search and you can get sprockets with 13 splines too for models from year 89+ models

Honda XL 600 VH/VJ Transalp 87-88 Sprocket Front Less 1 Tooth - JT (Check Chain Length) Parts at Wemoto - The UK's No.1 On-Line Motorcycle Parts Retailer

well will see how it goes with tires will try to use bike more for offroad use, as got BMW F800GS for daily road use (too expensive to drop already tried :( )

jamie92 said he sorted all KTM front quite cheap, so will start keeping an eye on the brakers maybe will get lucky and in rear he used AT swingarm and shock.

Well will try to cut central stand off for now, maybe even fabricate something lighter using less space.
 

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Is there any ways to rise bike ground clearance with stock suspension ? like progressive springs on rear shock and in forks?
 

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Afternoon.

I upgraded my suspension on my '99 transalp, Hagon progressive springs for £100, heavier weight oil, and new riser bushes. The rear shock was sent to a company for over hauling and cost a little over £150. The bike feels like new! It regulary carries me (17st) and the Mrs (9st) and a week+ of luggage in 3 givi boxes.
The total cost for the work was around £450 but more than worth it!! :thumbup:
 
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