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April 7th, 2007, 01:57 PM   #1
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Dick's Racing APS vs. Titanium Nitride fork leg coating

I have an 03 FE400 for which I sent off the suspension to Dick's Racing last year. They did the complete APS on the forks. I love them; way more compliant than stock and more adjust-ability for variations in riding. LOVE THEM!

I just bought an 05 FE450E, and it has the factory option (?) of Titanium Nitride fork leg coating.

I had planed on swapping my Dick's Racing components onto the '05, but that was before I realized that it had the Nitride option.

1. Is the Nitride coating a true factory option, and if so, is there a tangible performance increase?
2. Is it a silly idea to swap the '03 forks onto the '05? Any other differences between each year's forks?
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April 7th, 2007, 02:10 PM   #2
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I have had Dick do forks and shocks for me for many years. He has a totally different outlook on suspension from many of the others.

IMHO once you have been "DICKED" youll never want any other

I dont think you would be loosing out if you used the 03's

Another option may be to swap the internals to the TINI coated lowers

If you want to sell any of your forks let em know .... I am doing a project to change the forks on my BMW f650 and want to use 45-48mm WP
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April 23rd, 2007, 11:55 AM   #3
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I probably will keep my 03 FE400, so sorry that I won't be able to donate forks for your project.

I have another question though. I found time to start some set up and realized that my new forks are COMPLETELY different than my old. I took some pictures since I need to identify them and hopefully find some documentation. I did not receive any manuals with the bike. I looked on the WP site, Husaberg site and even the KTM site.

First, I need to identify my forks. I think they are "Force" Edition.
1. Fork caps different per photo.
2. Axel clamps are different; they look machined?
3. Nitride coating

Are there significant differences which I should be aware of when trying to get a good setting? Where would I find some sort of manual for the forks?
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April 23rd, 2007, 04:20 PM   #4
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If you're going to keep both bikes why not just have Dick set up the newer bike. From the bikes I've ridden, the newer WP forks seem to get better and better, but that just gives Dick a head start. I haven't had him do my '05 yet because I'm still loosing weight and don't want to have to re-spring it twice. His aps mod is top notch!
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