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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2013 8:37 pm    Post subject: FG43 Ohlins  

Anyone fitted a set to an RC45 before? We may look to get rid of the WP forks on the bike in favour of a set of these so looking for any recommendations?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2013 9:23 pm    Post subject:  

Are they the same as kr has in his hislop (depicted) bike
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2013 9:38 pm    Post subject: forks???  

They are not the same has KR has in his bike, FG43 are Road and Track forks. Do you honestly believe he would put such inferior items in a bike of that calibre????
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 7:12 am    Post subject:  

Nice forks though, a quite common Ducati fitment.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 9:03 am    Post subject: FG43 Ohlins  

kr's bike has (I believe) Ohlins FGR46 forks - i.e., race specific forks with 46mm diameter stanchions; whereas the 'FGRT' variants are indeed road & track forks, they having 43mm stanchions. I can vouch for the FGR forks being one example of 'the bees knees', but FGRT forks are very nice 'kit' never-the-less.

In fact, Steve Hislop raced the ('his') RC45 ("3") with the same front-end set-up as kr's (FGR46's + Brembo callipers) at Knockhill in 1994.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 11:34 am    Post subject:  

The FGR46s would be nice but the chance of buying a set is virtually impossible as they very rarely come up for sale. There appears to be a O 43 and the FG43, the Os seem to be a better spec. There is a set of FG43s for sale at the moment but need to see what the lengths are like.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 3:37 pm    Post subject: forks!  

The WP forks are a race spec and are 'trick' if you like, FG43 are a good fork and a popular step up in the world of 'bolt on' improvements from road spec.
It all boils down to what you are trying to achieve and what your finished bikes aim is, to race or to look at?! (or other!)
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 3:40 pm    Post subject:  

The problem with the WP forks are they are getting on a bit and parts are a nightmare to get hold of. I may sell them on with the yokes. If i could get some FGRs, I would be quite happy with them, Ohlins are pretty much the only company to keep old stock parts for the majority of their suspension parts off the shel.
The bike will be built to race spec and used for parades and track days and maybe some racing.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 4:18 pm    Post subject:  

What were the WSBK spec Ohlins?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 6:47 pm    Post subject: fg's  

FG8700 and FG9700 were the popular choice of the time.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 6:58 pm    Post subject:  

I remember now, thanks. Very very nice!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 5:26 am    Post subject:  

Alastair

Have you tried talking to Ken Summerton at KTECH re your WP forks?

I've got a set on one of my bikes that were serviced by them with new seals,shims etc.

There's no doubt that the Ohlins WSB forks are (were) a top spec fork for its era and our 45s but so are the WP units and I've not had any problems re handling even when really pushed.
I also like the look of them with the gun metal grey and gold nitride as they mimic Factory Showa at a squint !

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 8:25 am    Post subject: FG43 Ohlins  

I quite like the WP variants for the RC45 – and they’re reputedly good quality, so I concur with Mick 45.

The bike in the following Youtube clip has WP’s fitted (which I think may be the bike that Mick now has).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbzxX3HYDvY

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 3:36 pm    Post subject:  

The forks that came with the bike previously came from an RC30 so I don't know if they are the correct length which should be 720 - 730mm I think.
Will maybe send the WP ones off for a refurb and see wnhat comes back.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 2:42 pm    Post subject:  

Have been offered some FG 8750 which are Superbike spec Ohlins but I think they are only 700m long which I think is a bit short. Any one any ideas?
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