SYM T2 Fork and Absorber Preload Improvement

The SYM T2 front fork and rear suspension are kind soft. There are many Taiwanese test ride review report about it. I live in a area with many slopes and road bumps, the soft suspension system is definitely discount riding experience.

The SYM T2RC member introduce me to The Boy Motorcycles to fix the suspension issue. The shop owner, Ah Boy is recommending to service the fork and insert additional bush to improve the preload setting.

He try his best to tune the front fork for optimal performance. Amount of fork oil used is the key success of this project according him. Also the steering head was adjusted to suit the fork.

The process seems simple; dismantle, flush oil, refill oil, install bush and re-install. However it took almost whole afternoon for Ah Boy to fine tune it perfectly. Then he ask me to run a test ride. It is brand new stuff again! The cornering response is more accurate. Less vibration is sending to handle bar when running on bumpy surface. Ah Boy and me share the same opinion, “Do It Right for One Time and Forever”. The detail workmanship is worth while for 70km travelling.

Then we work on the rear suspension. The preload setting is adjustable, but the adjustment ring is stuck with sand and dust. Ah Boy use tool to slowly hammer the adjuster bit by bit. After adjust to maximum limit, the seat is harder and stable. This is the best way to do without pay a new suspension.

Before I left the workshop, the bill was inclusive GST (Goods Service Tax) this time. Feel happy with the bill (RM150) but not the tax.

Removing the fork spring

Removing the fork spring

Dirty oil from the fork, it stinks

Dirty oil from the fork, it stinks

After cleaning the fork

After cleaning the fork

Bush to insert into fork to give higher compression. Thick is 2cm.

Bush to insert into fork to give higher compression. Thick is 2cm.

Rear suspension preload adjustment, this is before adjustment done. After adjustment is about 5mm more compression.

Rear suspension preload adjustment, this is before adjustment done. After adjustment is about 5mm more compression.

Found this handwritten date from the body parts, birth date of the bike?

Found this handwritten date from the body parts, birth date of the bike?

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4 thoughts on “SYM T2 Fork and Absorber Preload Improvement

  1. Bro, that bush for the fork. Is there any specific size for it? As am about to change my fork oil as well, if adding the bush solving the fork “lembut” prob, i wanna try it too. And also, mind sharing what brand of the fork oil and the viscoscity(sae). Thx

    1. The mechanic give me the 10mm height. He says this is the best for T2. Didnt see the brand but I think should be fine, because it is a piece of metal anyway.

      Fork oil used is Elf Sae 20w. The bike is much stable, less bouncy. But cornering is a bit hard now and I am yet familiar with it. Maybe due toechani has tighten the handle bar same time. I will do a revisit to tune it and see how things go. The result could be better if the bush is smaller, just my guess for my bike.

      1. I have mine done at Seremban. You can look for those shops which do bike modification or they have a lot of aftermarket or ‘racing’ items. Just tell them u want to strengthen the fork as I did. Bike like fz150z rxz or older 250 also has it.

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