I've got a few Pm's because i posted a pic of my sv with new forks. I'll do a little write up here and hopefully most of the questions will be answered but if not you can turn to Svrider.com. For those with sv650's and 1000's this is a great resource as guys are doing all sorts of crazy shit to their bikes on there.
This winter i Swaped out the suspension on my '03 650 for GSXR Forks and shock, all of wich were purchased off ebay.
Both swaps were straight bolt ons and a deffinate improvement over the stock units wich are only adjustable for preload.
First I did the shock.
I removed the tail sectionand rear wheel, and used ratcheting tie downs to suspend the bike from the roof of my underground Parking.
I got all the torque specs from svrider.com and made sure that when i purchased the shock off ebay, that it came with the bottom bracket that attatches to the dogbones, and the top nut. These were used when i bolted them to the sv as the stock ones no longer fit.
It was really easy, off with the old and on with the new with no problems.
i cant remember the exact number but i think it rasied the rear end about 10mm. The difrence was eveident right away. Absorbed bumps way smoother, and was seemingly more stable. It didnt catapult my ass off the seat in mid turn if i hit a bump any more!
The only problem was it magnified the shity forks so i new i'd have to either go with new internals from racetech or traxxion.
After pricing these out as well as reading all about the crazy mofo's swaping out their front ends for gsxr units i decided to go the gsxr route. Partially for the bling of it but mainly for the fact that i could sell my old front end on ebay and subsidize the whole operation.
More money for beer is a good thing .
So i priced out front end stuff and started amassing what i needed.
Basically you need everything for the swap.
A complete gsxr front end including triple clamp, forks, wheel, clip ons, calipers, rotors, and fender.
I think that all K series and up gsxr stuff works but check with svrider.com for a complete comatability list.
I did the swap at a freinds garage as i knew i would need to have the bike suspended for more than one day.
I have limited mechanical knowledge and i knew that there are always things come up that are unforseed.
An example was removing the ignition wich can be reused. You need security torx sockets to remove this so i had to run off to lordco for these. Also the front axle's are of a diffrent size betwwen the two bikes. The gsxr one is huge and it was off to shop again to find the correct size hex for that....ended up using a bolt with a nut on the end in a socket because no one had a hex of that size.....it was like 22mm or something...cant remember.
So it took two saturdays and i got my rear wheel powdercoated black to match the gsxr front wheel i had gotten during the week between.
Total cost = Alot more than i had originally calculated.
I think this is the same for everyone who does something big like this.
Seriously it was up there like 1200-1500$. I had originally thought maybe like 700 to 1000.
The big stuff from ebay was cheap, it was the fasteners and bearings and all the other shit you realise you need that added up.
The shock was 65$
The forks with triple and clipons were 250$
The calipers were 60$ with stock and ebc HH pads
The rotors were 60$
The front rim was brand new and cost 280$
All prices are in us bux.
I've only been for a few rides since doing this last month...Maybe 300 km's.
The bike does need to be tweaked alittle more. The forks are like 12mm shorter than stock but i have a 70 series tire on there so things have changed alot. It is an entirely diffrent beast now though. Feels really solid and planted....effortless absorbtion of the bumps and a real improvement.
I'll post up the step by step pics now.
I hope this was ineresting enough and had some helpfull junk in it.
Please refer to the mod section on svrider.com for alot more info.