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« on: March 29, 2018, 02:10:16 am »

The old 1980's fork technology stayed with the FJ1200 throughout it's production run 1986 to 1995. I purchased this 1995 FJ1200 after my 1989 FJ1200 was stolen last year. I began ordering the parts needed for the upgrade almost immediately. 8 months later, and 2 evenings of work and the old sport tourer has some much newer legs. The complete front end was donated from a number of 2008 GSX-R1000's. A small amount of machining work done and the end result works wonderfully.




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« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2018, 02:19:40 am »


The old 1980's fork technology stayed with the FJ1200 throughout it's production run 1986 to 1995. I purchased this 1995 FJ1200 after my 1989 FJ1200 was stolen last year. I began ordering the parts needed for the upgrade almost immediately. 8 months later, and 2 evenings of work and the old sport tourer has some much newer legs. The complete front end was donated from a number of 2008 GSX-R1000's. A small amount of machining work done and the end result works wonderfully.




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looks damned good - like it was OEM - just upside down.   Thumbsup  Did you change the internals too? springs? valving? oil? or just swap legs and triple T's?  
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« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2018, 08:41:22 pm »

I really enjoy the pics you post  Bigok

Beautiful bikes  Thumbsup
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« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2018, 01:37:27 am »




looks damned good - like it was OEM - just upside down.   Thumbsup  Did you change the internals too? springs? valving? oil? or just swap legs and triple T's?  



No internal changes at all. The 2007/2008 GSX-R1000's came severely over sprung from the factory. Just about perfect for the heavier FJ1200. I used the Suzuki lower and upper triples, modified to accept the FJ1200 steering stem. I also sourced a set of extensions that lengthen the forks by 3 inches.



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« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2018, 09:16:10 pm »

I would have lost money on a bet that fork extensions are actually a thing
Esp. for a GSXR.
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« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2018, 09:39:56 pm »

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Keep the pictures coming of the beautiful machines.  Thumbsup
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« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2018, 12:50:09 am »


I would have lost money on a bet that fork extensions are actually a thing
Esp. for a GSXR.



The extensions are not an off the shelf item. These were designed by a friend of mine and he had a machinist make them. I saw his bike a few years ago and asked if I could get a set made for me. The red and white FJ is my friends, mine with OEM forks is in the foreground.



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« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2018, 09:58:38 am »

I love those old FJ's, with new suspension and brakes they would be amazing!
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« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2018, 12:57:56 pm »

Aviation Fred has got it going on  Bigok
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« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2018, 10:50:59 pm »

He's a good dude.
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