JS Motorsport Technical
More Norton Fork upgrades

The 1st thing to do is check for wear in the aluminum caps. New caps measure .380″ ID. Get new ones or drill to 13/32″ and loctite (red) in a sleeve of .375″ ID .015″ wall K&S brass tubing (available at hobby shops). Clearance must be tight or you won’t have enough rebound damping.

damp cap sleeve


To improve rebound damping. Place the damping cup on a socket. Tap carefully with a hammer and a tapered carpenter plumb bob to swell the open end to approx .677″ (anywhere between .675″ to .680″). The inside of the damper tubes should measure approx .689″

damp cup flairing


If you have these type of damp tubes then its easy to cover the holes below the conical section with JS alum sleeves and drill only one 1/16″ diameter hole in the middle of the conical section (below right). This will give you some compression damping. The stock setup offers no compression damping whatsoever. You don’t want too much or you will get a harsh ride. One 1/16″ hole in each tube works out just right.

damp tubes

If you have damper tubes with holes in the conical section. Silver solder a couple brass plugs into the holes. Be careful not to insert the plugs so deep that they interfere with the damper rods (you should not be able to see them on the inside). Smooth them off and drill one of the plugs with a 1/16″ drill bit. There must be no other exposed holes.

damp compression

To avoid leaks, open the ID of the fiber washer that locates at the bottom of the dampner tube to .655″ Drop the washer in place at the bottom of the alum slider.

damp tube washer oring

Place a 5/8” OD x ½” ID x 1/16” Oring on the bottom of the damper tube. You must have the fiber washer installed in the slider as described above to avoid crushing the Oring.

damp tube bottom with oring

To prevent leaks at the drains. Make a brass washer with .4” OD x .312” Id x .050’ thick. Install an Oring with 3/16” ID x 5/16 OD x 1/16” thick.fork drain plug

For your forks to ride smoothly with out bottoming or topping out you must install the slippery JS Turcite bushings along with the aluminum sleevs. Use stock fork seals (not leak proof seals).

fork spacer

Use 15 or 20 weight fork oil. Now you’ve got oil tight, modernized, stickion free forks with improved rebound and compression dampening.