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 Post subject: How to lower your RRGS Lowdown Forks - Photo Tutorial
PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 11:04 am 
How to lower your RRGS Lowdown Forks - Uses New Composimo Lowering Kit

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Composimo sent me a prototype of his new RRGS lowering kit. I had read multiple instructions online on how to lower forks, but none were specific to RRGS, so I decided to document the process for those who were also looking to take their lowdowns lower.

The kit from Composimo, simple but having everything in one place made the process super quick. Included is a shorter spring with higher spring rate to make up for the difference in height. It also includes a spacer that makes up for the height lost with the lower spring in the lower assembly. I don't believe they are currently on his site, but expect to see a release in the coming days for those who want an easy way to lower their kit.

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Start off by removing the top nut, I used a vise with very light tension to keep the top tube from spinning, you still make need to lightly hit the nut with an impact to break it loose. It's important to note that at this point the shock should be facing up as once you remove the top nut and seal, the shock oil will be exposed and can create a fun spill. If you don't have a vice handy, another trick is to break the top nuts loose while your forks are still installed in your triple tree (just be sure to get them hand tight so you don't spill the oil when removing the from the tree to finish the process).

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With the top nut removed you'll see the dampening adjuster that controls the spring pre-load and how hard the shock is.

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You can count the turns to figure out where you started off, but I went ahead and used a quicker method and marked off the height from the adjuster to the top of the shock tube. This will help keep things matched from side to side.

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Once you've measured the height simply insert an allen wrench and remove the adjuster spring.

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You'll now have access to the stock long spring, go ahead and remove this and set aside. Take it out slowly and let the oil coating it drain back into the shock tube.

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I cut the top off an empty water bottle I had laying around and tipped the fork into it to save the factory RRGS oil. While you're doing this be sure to slowly compress the chrome tube a bit back and forth to help get some of the reservoir oil into the cup as well. Don't worry if you loose a little bit, the spacer is going to take some of the spring space up and if you took your time you should have saved more than enough oil.

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Below the spring is the cartridge assembly, you'll need to insert a long allen key into the opening, and a second allen key through the hole at the bottom of the shock. You may need to use a wrench on the top one as these can be somewhat tough to break loose. Once you've got it loose just keep turning the bottom wrench until the allen bolt comes out (be sure to notice the copper o-ring and make sure that you don't loose this).

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Here's an overhead view of the cartridge and allen bolt to give you an idea of what you're working with. I unfortunately didn't write down the sizes of the metric allen keys needed but I'm sure someone can add to that later.

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Here's a view of the new shorter spring with it's tighter wound coils and the spacer that comes in the Composimo kit. Having this kit made the job a quick affair and prevented me from having to make a spacer and chase things around.

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From here remove the lower spring from the cartage, insert the provided spacer, and then reinstall the small spring. Here's an exploded view of how things will go together with the cartridge re-inserted into the shock tube.

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From here get the shock back upright, reinstall the lower cartridge and tigthen it in place using your allen keys. Again be sure that the copper oring goes back under the bottom allen bolt (it's always good to replace these if you can as well). Once you've tighten the lower cartridge begin to pour the factory oil back into the tube slowly, you'll want to cycle the shock as you do this by slowly raising and lowering the chrome portion of the shock tube until you don't see any more large air bubbles.

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This part can be a tad tricky, you'll again want to lightly grip the top tube with the vice just enough to keep it from spinning. I used a cloth to keep it from getting to tight and prevent any marring. The spring will stick up a tad from the top of the shock since it's unloaded. Insert the cap into the allen wrench and press down on the spring until it compresses and then begin turning the cap until it grabs the threads. From here just keep tightening it until you to the desired pre-load (again if you marked it earlier or counted your turns this will get you to a good starting point.


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Re-Install the top nut, tighten it, clean any remaining oil on the shock or shock body, and repeat on the other side. Enjoy you're new lower stance! Feel free to add anything to this thread if you come across an easier method or trick when doing it, I'll do my best to answer any questions that may not have been addressed.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 11:11 am 
Kick ass write up!!! A am so in to buy a set of those springs as soon as Composimo releases them!! I was quite disappointed in the amount of low I got out of the RRGS low downs. Hopefully this will fix all that!

Any pics of them installed before and after lowering them??

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 11:13 am 
superduperScott wrote:
Kick ass write up!!! A am so in to buy a set of those springs as soon as Composimo releases them!! I was quite disappointed in the amount of low I got out of the RRGS low downs. Hopefully this will fix all that!

Any pics of them installed before and after lowering them??


He should have them on the site very soon, he sent me one of the first sets to test out and now that I've confirmed they work well I'm sure he'll be releasing them soon!.

Bike it still being built and is still a month or two from being completed so unfortunately no installed shots.

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Hopefully he doesn't ask a ridiculous amount for the kit..

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 8:25 pm 
I didnt know you could soften them :headbashing: im gonna try soften mine and maybe it will feel better when riding. Its so harsh on our crappy roads here. Thanks for the info :highfive: :banger:

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 8:36 pm 
Awesome, this saved me a phone call. :wink:
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Rigid rrgs > springs :) remove them bishes!

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:07 pm 
great write up :highfive: composimo always comes out with great stuff

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I want a softer spring in my forks. i hope thats next on his list.

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Cool stuff lowest low drags :)

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 8:04 am 
Thanks guys, hopefully he'll release the kit in the next few days to the public, I dont' know what he plans on pricing them at but I'd bet it's relatively affordible option and it did save a ton of time. Now that I've done it once, with the kit I could honestly probably knock out a second set in 15-20 minutes. If I have to machine or make my own spacers and source springs, it'd be significantly more time on the lathe getting them to just the right dimensions as he has. Really happy with the results, now I just need to get the bike done!

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Any idea on when the kit will be released?

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2013 4:39 pm 
PM John, I made a suggestion for a slight revision which is likely already done. I know he's been busy with the billet mount but these should be right around the corner.

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