K-Tech Suspension Stiffer Front and Rear Springs Review

“K-Tech’s stiffer front and rear springs for the Honda CRF300L are a great modification. They’re exceptionally cost effective and go to show you don’t have to spend a fortune to get the most of out of your CRF300L.”

K-Tech Suspension Honda CRF300L

Snapshot

  • Price: £69 (front spring) £98 (rear spring)
  • Time tested: 4 months
  • Miles tested: 8,000
  • Testing conditions: USA and Canada
  • Functionality: 5/5
  • Durability: 5/5
  • Value for money: 5/5
  • Where to buy: store.ktechsuspension.com

Features

The Honda CRF300L’s stock suspension is incredibly soft and underdamped. For any level of spirited riding, something has to be done about the stock suspension – front and rear.

The stock springs fitted to the Honda CRF300L are:

  • Front fork: 6.7N
  • Shock absorber: 67N

We have been riding around the world for the last five years on a Yamaha XT660R, which has had a very hard life. Once we got to New Zealand, we shipped the bike back to the UK, flew home, bought two Honda CRF300Ls and had four weeks to do them up and ship them to Canada for the remaining five years of our trip.

This was an eye-wateringly expensive part of our trip and going for two whole new shock systems for both bikes would have meant we didn’t have enough money to pay for shipping. So, instead we opted to try stiffer springs front and rear from K-Tech.

I’m a big fan of keeping things as stock as possible, especially with suspension due to past experiences with aftermarket shocks after we were left stranded in Tajikistan and Afghanistan with a shock that leaked all its fluid and with no way of fixing or repairing it. So just changing the springs is a cost-effective and smart move when it comes to long-term travel.

We took the bikes to K-Tech, who fitted an 8.0N fork spring (20% stiffer) and an 85N shock spring (25% stiffer) to each bike.

The shock springs are also 10mm longer so you can apply the correct preload to get the sag figures dialed in. The CRF300L and Rally shocks don’t have much preload adjustment and don’t allow for enough preload to be put on the original length spring. So, as well as being stiffer, the extra length made a big difference too – especially as we needed to up our preload as much as possible due to the weight we’re carrying.

Improvements

The K-Tech stiffer springs instantly make a big improvement over the stock. The bike feels firmer both on and off-road and gives us the opportunity to tighten the preload up even more.

However, we’re on a round the world trip, so we have to carry a lot of gear including full camping equipment, clothes, electronics, tools, water, food, auxiliary fuel, warm kit, spare parts, inner tubes and so on. And these little 300s and their stock shock weren’t built for that. So, despite being a big improvement, we still have too much weight and that means we can still feel the soft standard shock when the going gets tough. 

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Round-up

K-Tech’s stiffer front and rear springs for the Honda CRF300L are a great modification. They’re exceptionally cost effective and go to show you don’t have to spend a fortune to get the most of out of your CRF300L.

If you’re fully loading your bike up for long-term travel with a lot of kit, you may need to opt for a new system. The same goes if you’re buying the bike to use as a serious off-road weapon. But if you’re intending on using the L for light green-laning, commuting, country roads etc. then this is a fantastic, cheap and easy option.

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