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    Suspension Upgrade

    i just got a kona tanuki i would like to upgrade the suspensions on it any ideas what would be a good upgrade??

    Front : RockShox Tora solo air 130mm
    Rear: Fona Fasttrax crap

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    I think you'll find the Fastrax rear shock is not a Fox, in any way. The Tanuki supreme came with a Float RP2 and a Revelation up front, so that may give you some idea as to what to go for upgrade wise.
    I don't crash, I just have slightly uncontrolled dismounts!

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    I have a 2013 Tanuki Deluxe and have found the suspension to be very good on it.

    So you could upgrade your Tanuki with 2013 Deluxe parts which should fit straight on, and not alter the geometry etc.

    The 2013 Deluxe has

    Rock Shox Monarch RL shock
    Rock Shox Sektor TK Solo Air fork

    These are not expensive parts but I can vouch for them being pretty good.

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