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Old 04-08-05, 01:18 PM   #1
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Trek RST Fork spring replacment

Hey I am thinking about putting in a beefer spring on my RST fork, my local Mech, and riding buddy changed out the springs on his Bruiser, and said he loves it now. Anyone do this with there forks, is it a common thing?
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You'd probably like a better fork even more
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And what am I looking for? Yes I am sure a better fork would work better, but the bang for the buck equation does come in
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And what am I looking for? Yes I am sure a better fork would work better, but the bang for the buck equation does come in
Uhhhhhhhhhh. A "beefier" spring I guess. They have a website. I would email them and ask if there is one available. Personally i don't get why you would want one. Why not just stiffen your current spring? I have mine stiffened so much that I can barely make it move. I just prefer it that way for the way i ride.
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Replacing a spring in a suspension fork is a common "tuning" procedure.

If the spring rate is wrong, the fork will be too "soft" (will use up its travel/"bottom out" easily) or too "hard"
(the fork doesn't "react" enough/too "stiff"). Neither is good for the fork--or YOU!

He should obtain the spring that's right for his body weight. Most manufacturers have a line of them as parts for the fork in question ( in order to provide spring rates suitable for the range of rider weights the fork is designed to handle).

As for installation techniques, the manufacturer should include instructions on how to do the job, either with the part, the owner's manual (if one), or from the manufacturer's website. Or, he can go to his LBS and have it installed if he does not want to "fool around" with an unfamiliar task--he does not want to damage the fork!
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Replacing a spring in a suspension fork is a common "tuning" procedure.
Yes but it's a waste of time with this fork as he could hit up any of the mail order joints and get himself a better fork for less than $150. RST's are junk. As a character in a famous movie once said: "You can't polish a turd"
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The rst isn't worth it.
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It is when my riding buddy is also my LBS bike Mech, and has the springs for me for free, it's just a quick tare down and replacement with some stiffer springs for my weight, 210lbs. I've ridden the 4300 with the stock RST's there not bad, but like someone said above I want my fork to work properly, and not have the spring cranked way up, so new springs go in and wholla. I just wanted to see if many other people do this? It seems a few do.
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It is when my riding buddy is also my LBS bike Mech, and has the springs for me for free, it's just a quick tare down and replacement with some stiffer springs for my weight, 210lbs. I've ridden the 4300 with the stock RST's there not bad, but like someone said above I want my fork to work properly, and not have the spring cranked way up, so new springs go in and wholla. I just wanted to see if many other people do this? It seems a few do.
If you can get the spring for free, and the install won't cost you much, it's worth a try!

I've had it done--I need to (my weight range is similar to yours)! The forks I have...or will have...the job done on are much higher quality, however (RockShox "Psylo XC" and Marzocchi "Black Elite" forks).

I'd recommend you consider a better fork when you can--save your shekels!!
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It is when my riding buddy is also my LBS bike Mech, and has the springs for me for free, it's just a quick tare down and replacement with some stiffer springs for my weight, 210lbs. I've ridden the 4300 with the stock RST's there not bad, but like someone said above I want my fork to work properly, and not have the spring cranked way up, so new springs go in and wholla. I just wanted to see if many other people do this? It seems a few do.
Ride a fork that actually has some compression and rebound dampening and tell me how much you like that pogo stick RST.
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I'm just saying with new springs, and a little heavier oil, it's not costing me anything, and it will be better than stock, I probably won't get a new fork as I may seriously concider a session 77 next season, we will see what kind of fun money I can con out of the wifes budjet.
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The RST fork is OK for comfort bikes, or city bikes, but I don't think it will be up to the task if you really ride your mountain bike off road.
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It is when my riding buddy is also my LBS bike Mech, and has the springs for me for free, it's just a quick tare down and replacement with some stiffer springs for my weight, 210lbs. I've ridden the 4300 with the stock RST's there not bad, but like someone said above I want my fork to work properly, and not have the spring cranked way up, so new springs go in and wholla. I just wanted to see if many other people do this? It seems a few do.
Provided you can get the spring replacement done for free I'd say go for it. The RST is a commodity grade suspension fork and as such they are pretty much designed to be tossed when worn out. You can find deals online for new better quality forks for less than replacing/upgrading the guts of that one. Not if you get it done for free, of course!
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