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I just picked up a mostly stock T3. Black with a chromed Gas Tank and dual StainTune slip on exhaust. After cranking all the suspension adjusters to full taught it now only wallows a little bit!

What are the popular mods to these bikes? The airbox and cleaner look really restrictive are K&N pods a popular upgrade for these bikes? Who makes a good (light) 3 - 1 pipe?

Suspension wise what are the options for the rear shock?
 

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It sounds like you might need a new set of springs and a fluid change on your fork tubes if they're that bad. With the age of your bike, I'd be concerned about the last time someone changed the fork fluid (its supposed to be a nice clear or gold color). You might also consider doing a gold valve kit on the forks.

A K&N filter should be available. Try ebay for the best price. Otherwise, rideteamtriumph.com or great bay motorcycles are pretty decent places to look. I prefer rideteamtriumph as they know their stuff.

I'm not sure who would make a pipe, but if you want really light look for titanium pipes. Most of the links I've got are for T595/509/955i stuff with some 1050 mixed in.

I wouldn't be suprised if you could get at least an ohlins rear shock or do a full rebuild of the stock shock using Racetech bits.
 
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Most popular bang-for-the-buck mod is going down 1 tooth on the front sprocket.
There is an airbox mod for the T595s. If you dig around on http://www.t595.net you'll find the info you're looking for.
 

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This is a T3, though. I wouldn't be suprised if there is stuff on T595 that'd cover it though. I haven't much experience with em, but a gearing change would definitely liven things up. Just make sure you won't be rubbing down to your swingarm by going down teeth in the front. Might be better to go up 3 in the back first and get a new and longer DID 530 X-ring chain. An old whipped out chain will ruin a bike's true nature. I know this from personal experience...
 
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After some research it looks like Ohlins doesn't carry a shock for the original modular bikes anymore. :(

WP Suspension looks like the hot setup for the rear. The front looks like it's going to get a race tech rebuild as well. All the old reviews remark about the way too soft suspension so perhaps my suspension is just about right on the mark for these bikes in stock config! I'm a 250 pound rider and it's way too soft even with full preload and both rebound and compression 2-3 clicks out in the front. The back is at full preload and still sags 2 inches with full rebound cranked in as well. The suspension is balanced this way and the bike handles OK but would be much more confident with stiffer components.

Found lot's of conflicting information about carbs and the airbox. Some say it's a resonator and removing it will cost lots of hp. Others say K&N pods are a hot setup for it but sacrifice some mid-range to gain top end ( a typical issue with pods).....pods look great and sound good so I may go that way even with no gain.

The ignitor on pre 96 models also seems to be possible to alter by cutting a wire making it a "750" ignitor that allows 2000 more RPM on top - no additional power but the bike will supposedly hold the peak power (roughly 100hp) across the extra 2K of RPM making it much friendlier on the track.

I'm also looking to find sprockets for a 520 X-Ring chain conversion. This should remove a few pounds from the chain as well as shortening the gearing.

The bike was super cheap $1800 and I hope to build a nice twisty road \ track bike. It's low cost lends it be "disposable" in case of an oops. The cartridge fork means it's relatively cheap to have it rebuilt with better internals. The rear may be expensive though.

Thanks for the responses and help. Any other thoughts are appreciated. I did check T595.net but very little information about the T3 models was available.

I'd like to find frame sliders for it if anyone can tell where they are available.
 

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Jack Lilley in the UK or Skykingproducts here in the US would be the first places I'd look for sliders.
 
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interested in hearing some more options for the rear shock. mine is about as soft as it can get...but not sure about replacing with something completely new. bummer about the ohlins...any reviews in on the wp and does one go with the 'emulsion' or the 'fusion'? what say you?
 

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I can get my hands on a new still in the box Ohlins rear shock for a T3, shocker number TR533 for a 1994/96 if it's any good to you.
 

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I live in the States. I am planning to send the forks to Traxxion.com for a revalve/syn fork oil/new spring set up. I will be buying a Penske shock for the rear from them as well. I have talked to reps from several suspension companies and Traxxion is getting my business. Search the crotch rocket sites where the posters do lots of track days and see what they use. Traxxion gets very high marks.
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