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Old 07-03-06, 05:36 PM   #1
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Where to buy new springs?

I just tore down my Suntour XC60 fork and it's super easy! Anyway, the stock springs are too wimpy to me, and I only weigh 135lbs! So I'd like to upgrade the springs, where can I get new ones?
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Not much point man. Try adding a massive amount of grease to the springs, that really makes it stiffer.
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If its not a big problem, just use it like it is and save up some money and get a new fork, you dont need to invest too much money into this one as it is low end and you wont get very good performance anyway
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I just tore down my Suntour XC60 fork and it's super easy! Anyway, the stock springs are too wimpy to me, and I only weigh 135lbs! So I'd like to upgrade the springs, where can I get new ones?
That's the fork that my K2 came with and if you have the money, I have to say just get a new fork.
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That's the fork that my K2 came with and if you have the money, I have to say just get a new fork.
Would a $100 Rock Shox Judy be any better? Because that would be the max I could really afford. I figure I can get better springs for less than that. I just need to know where to get them.
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Don't waste your $$ on the Judy

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Don't waste your $$ on the Rock Shok Judy-they are OK, but not much better than what you have,and a used Judy isn't worth much more than $35-$40.You can get a decent used SID for under $150.Same story for a better Manitou or Marzocchi.Don't spend $100 on used(or new) low end stuff when you can get used good stuff for maybe $100-$150.
Try this while looking
1)Does your fork have actual springs??-not those rubber/plastic elastomers like you will find in low end forks?If it is a real spring you can increase the preload with some washers.Go to the hardware store and get about 1" worth -total)of washers that will fit in your fork tube.Put an equal number(maybe just 1/4" worth at 1st) on both sides, and screw the cap back on.Now, screwing the cap might be a two man job now, but you get the idea.Be careful,don't cross thread it-you might have to use a lot of force,so it is easier to not get the threads right.This wil stiffen up the fork a bit.Not stiff enough-add more washers.
2)You could try to buy some higher spring rate springs-for a different fork-on ebay.However, they might not fit in your fork.
3)Does this fork have oil-probably not-if it did you could use thicker oil.
Don't waste any $ other than the $$ for washers on this fork. For $100-$150 get one a 80mm one should be ok(does the XC60 MEAN 60 MM OF TRAVEL??).Get a good enough fk so you can put it on a new bike/frame if you upgrade, or so you can sell it.
Luck.Charlie
Make sure the washers will fit-measure the opening carefully.
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No,
Don't waste your $$ on the Rock Shok Judy-they are OK, but not much better than what you have,and a used Judy isn't worth much more than $35-$40.You can get a decent used SID for under $150.Same story for a better Manitou or Marzocchi.Don't spend $100 on used(or new) low end stuff when you can get used good stuff for maybe $100-$150.
Try this while looking
1)Does your fork have actual springs??-not those rubber/plastic elastomers like you will find in low end forks?If it is a real spring you can increase the preload with some washers.Go to the hardware store and get about 1" worth -total)of washers that will fit in your fork tube.Put an equal number(maybe just 1/4" worth at 1st) on both sides, and screw the cap back on.Now, screwing the cap might be a two man job now, but you get the idea.Be careful,don't cross thread it-you might have to use a lot of force,so it is easier to not get the threads right.This wil stiffen up the fork a bit.Not stiff enough-add more washers.
2)You could try to buy some higher spring rate springs-for a different fork-on ebay.However, they might not fit in your fork.
3)Does this fork have oil-probably not-if it did you could use thicker oil.
Don't waste any $ other than the $$ for washers on this fork. For $100-$150 get one a 80mm one should be ok(does the XC60 MEAN 60 MM OF TRAVEL??).Get a good enough fk so you can put it on a new bike/frame if you upgrade, or so you can sell it.
Luck.Charlie
Make sure the washers will fit-measure the opening carefully.
75mm of travel. I thought about washers actually, and yes they are real springs. I'm thinking that actually replacing the springs would be a good thing. eBay is the only place to get new springs? I kinda doubt it. Where do you guys get new springs for higher end forks?
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Usually, one would order springs from the lbs. But I think it would be harder to find, and not really worth it. Add thick grease and washers.
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I just tore down my Suntour XC60 fork and it's super easy! Anyway, the stock springs are too wimpy to me, and I only weigh 135lbs! So I'd like to upgrade the springs, where can I get new ones?
http://www.srsuntour-cycling.com/SID...etail&tnid=601

go here. you can probably use a spring from another company if the stanchion diameter is the same. you might have to cut the spring to length and then bend the tip flat a little.

go here. go to drop down menu >fork tuning springs<
http://www.bikeparts.com/page_results.asp?page=1

you might have to make a few calls to confirm things. figure out what your stanchion diameter is on the XC60 forks.

just cause you might be successful at this doesn't mean you can use the fork beyond its purpose

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