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This is a discussion on front fork springs within the General Mean Streak forums, part of the Kawasaki Mean Streak category; Ok. I have a two part question I am considering changing out the front fork springs. What type is best. ( I have no clue) ...

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    Ok. I have a two part question I am considering changing out the front fork springs. What type is best. ( I have no clue) and the second part it how hard are they to install. Is it something I can do? Well I guess that three questions thanks dustin
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    Most people on here run progressives, me included. Your other option is race tech, imo may be better as they are set up for your weight rather than just being a one size fits all, I found them after I had already bought progressive springs. I may change mine out this winter just to try them and see what I like better. as far as install its not that bad really and a good time to change fluid, especially if you have a few miles on the bike. The downside is the tool you need for the left fork, its a castle nut type tool. some guys make theres, I bought one from kawasaki. this is the best price I have seen for one: Kawasaki - 57001-1502 - FORK CYLINDER HOLDER
    I have no problem lending mine out, but because of the expense of the tool I do require a $100 deposit and you pay shipping both ways (probably $6 each way), deposit will be returned when tool is back in my possession.

    this is a write up on a vtx1800 fork spring change, it is pretty much identical to the mean streak, except maybe sizes of things: Fork Spring Replacement (VTX 1800) « Bareass Choppers Motorcycle Tech Pages
    Take a look thru it and see if it is something you would want to tackle yourself. I am not a mechanic by anymeans and have done it a few times on different bikes and as long as you take your time and pay attention to the order of parts its really not that hard to do.

    I can take a pic of the tool later if you think you want to try and make one (I do not recommend making one, leaves to much chance of damaging the nut, or getting a metal shaving down in your fluid, I know this from trying to make one the first time I did it, now there are a lot of people with more fab skills than me that can probably make one just fine)

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    I'd love to see a pic of the tool. I have to tackle this this winter and have always been lucky not to have to do forks. Not I have to do it to install progressives on the meany and do fork seals on the Shadow.

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    Loved the progressives on my old Sabre 1100. Was really simple to change on the standard forks. Already had new seals and oil so a couple weeks later I jacked it up, took off the fork cap, slide the old ones out and the new one in with the spacer.

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    This is a project that I want to do I will end up borrowing the tool from you I really appreciate it. Thanks. Dustin
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    I like the progressive's a lot. I just had the shop do them, about $20 if I took the forks to them. I don't know if I knew about the tool loan option from mike g, but I was getting them done shortly before a long ride, so time was a little of the essence.

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    pics of the fork tool for the left leg
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike g View Post
    pics of the fork tool for the left leg
    Thanks for the tool pics Mike, much appreciated!!!
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    I prefer race tech springs with Gold Valve Cartridge Emulators. I have done them on several bikes. When I decide I need to rebuild the forks on the Mean Streak I will go with them. You do have to drill out the oil passages to let the GVEs do their job so it is not as easy as the progressive springs.
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