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This is a discussion on Fork upgrade within the Parts For Sale forums, part of the Classifieds category; Hi, I have a 1982 GS850gl. I'd like to upgrade my fork suspension to something more modern like the inverted ones. anyone know what would ...

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    Hi, I have a 1982 GS850gl. I'd like to upgrade my fork suspension to something more modern like the inverted ones. anyone know what would fit my GS?

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    if you have to ask...;.
    there is nothing wrong with your forks ,besides sportbike forks are too short and they look stupid because they are completely out of placeon a fine example of a 1980's sport touring machine
    oh wait you have the ll model
    suzuki's answer to a cruiser
    that is some of the most hideous styling the japs ever foisted on us
    no way in hell will invertted forks work unless you
    lots of idiots do it because they are morons to boot
    diont tell us you are going to build a cafe racer from that bike
    impossoible to do
    you need a twin or single no newer than 1970 to have a cafe racer
    GIVE UP ride the bike
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    Thanks for your insight. no one said there was anything wrong with my forks; just looking to upgrade the look of the bike. clearly you wouldn't know anything about what I'm referring to because you probably ride some contraction you built yourself with plumbing supply equipment and a leaf blower engine. I didn't come to this forum to be insulted; just looking for someone who perhaps shares an interest in old café racers and their mods. Whether you agree with the look or not is your business. As far as I'm concerned, only an "idiot" or "moron" would respond as you did. Don't blow any fingers off tomorrow! you'll need them for your moss covered three handled family gradunza!Attachment 94041

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    lol you want to upgrade the look but are not concerned about downgrading performance ?
    because thats what you get putting on forks that are 5-6'' too short
    you get engine cases grinding on the floor in curves and you get a machine with unsafe steering geometry and upset balance with underspung forks to boot
    you cannot make am l model be anything at all like a vintage cafe racer
    please find an example poicture of an L model modified to your tastes for me to ridicule

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    Look XB has some valid points, but along with a modern front end you need to use the 17" rim then you'll put on good sticky tires that the frame most likely cannot handle, along with changing the steering geometry. If you want to upgrade and not just for looks, here's how to save time money and headaches. Get a set of Race Tech springs and emulators. There I just saved you a boat load of cash. There's a reason you don't see a lot of USD forks on GS850s, they are too short

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    I have a vfr1200f triples/legs/axle I would love to kick out of the shed.

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    Thanks all for your advice. believe it or not, ive learned a lot from your comments and suggestions and it's why I came here in the first place. thx again!

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    Hey XB! you're right. there are no GS850's with USD forks! lol hail to the king!

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    The race tech stuff is a really good upgrade, I would think you'd be pretty happy with it.

    I've used Progressive springs, and Race tech's single rate springs , with emulators, that's the way to go.

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    but dude! that racetech stuff all goes inside the stock forks and no one will be able to tell that I hacked the living shit out my bike and am so badass!
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