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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-07-2018, 11:51 AM Thread Starter
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PB Magazine - B4 suspension upgrade

Anyone seen this month's PB and the suspension work done by MCT on Chris' B4?

As a B4 owner I've waiting to see what he came up with and am tempted to do the same. Great to upgrade what is already there and I've always found suspension upgrades effective on my previous machines.

Anyone on here had the same work done by MCT?
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Well I went ahead and I had the work done. A great turnaround by MCT and a good chat afterwards about what they've done and what I can expect.

It's all set including the sag (but will re-check this once installed and I'm kitted up).

Looking forward to hitting the track this year and seeing how it goes, on the road too.
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I rate MCT, their work is very good.

I had a WP rear shock and a fork upgrade done on a Firestorm by Darren a few years ago, it totally transformed the bike. Suspension work is the best performance upgrade you can do to a bike I reckon.

I've moved a bit further north so it's a bit too far to go there for work these days.
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Too far for me too so I just posted it there and back.

Nice for Parcelforce not to kick the living daylights out of a parcel for a change!

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I'm hoping to go there this year so pleased to hear you have had good results.

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What did you have done? I took my Brutale there and he fiddled with the suspension a bit then told me it would really need a revalve.

A bit unfortunate as I have taken many bikes there in the past and he’s had the kit ready to insert. I think he prefers the postal route now rather than visits (or maybe he’s just sick of me turning up with another bike to be tweaked). He certainly knows his stuff, the vfr1200f I took was fat better after he d done some “experimental” stuff to the fork internals.

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What did you have done? I took my Brutale there and he fiddled with the suspension a bit then told me it would really need a revalve.

A bit unfortunate as I have taken many bikes there in the past and he’s had the kit ready to insert. I think he prefers the postal route now rather than visits (or maybe he’s just sick of me turning up with another bike to be tweaked). He certainly knows his stuff, the vfr1200f I took was fat better after he d done some “experimental” stuff to the fork internals.
Re-valve front and rear, new oil etc. They do something simple with the front cartridges too. The springs were fine so didn't need changing for my weight/style.

I've yet to try it as the winter overhaul is still in progress - typical with this current weather!!

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I have a 312R and just had my rear shock serviced and modified and it looks very much like yours in the photo. The hydraulic preload adjuster has been replaced with the manual preload adjusting setup with the 2 threaded lock rings. The rear shock mount Bushing Bearings need to be replaced now as there is up and down play in the back wheel when the bike is on stands. Something I am happy to do myself


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MCT is the only place I'd go for suspension work. They supplied a one-off WP shock for a 312R back in 2007 and it was superb, 47s at Brands Indy on a superstock spec bike/tyres. I believe Chris at X-Bikes still has that shock in his own bike.

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Just had my forks and rear shock serviced and upgraded at MCT. After a quick chat about the standard units Darren did mention that the rear Sachs unit had a very poor piston shim design and was very ineffective!!

The standard Marzocchi front end though felt ok to me but the rear shock on my Brutale gave a very poor ride quality wise (it was like a pogo stick, the bike has only covered 2200 miles so it should not be knackered and looks brand new!). So I removed all, drove down to his workshop and left it with him. After dismantling and inspection he confirmed my thoughts, infact he said the rear shock had no compression and very little rebound even when setting both to max. Anyway he did his thing and the rear Sachs unit now has Ohlins internals including a proper piston and shim stack that works and a shiny new Ohlins spring for my weight. With regards to the front forks, he pulled these apart, added new seals and oil but left the springs as these were fine for my weight and then in order to get the compression leg to function added 15 weight oil to it (5 in the rebound leg!). All units front and rear set for preload, rebound and compression etc.

I picked up from him a week or so later, refitted to my bike and managed to get a quick ride in yesterday between the rain and have to say first impressions are that I am really impressed having tested it over varied roads and some really poor bumpy "B" roads (always a good test in my opinion). Although i never doubted it would be as he has recently serviced my 900ss and some time ago my RSVR Factory before that. Top bloke and top service.
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