are these even ktm 65 forks I bought, they were shortened, but how?

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    are these even ktm 65 forks I bought, they were shortened, but how?

    so as some of you might have read I bought a 07 65sx parts bike to swap the front end over to my 110. One fork tube was damaged, and I found another set of forks on eBay that had the anodized tubes, and the adjustable C&P like the first gen zokes, with the 65 lower lugs on it. the owner said they came on the bike and had been shortened about 2 inches and included the spacers for the rear shock to make it match. I assumed when I opened up the forks i would find a spacer, but I didn't see any. I ordered new he springs for my weight and the spring is 5/8 of an inch longer than the old one.

    my question is, does this assembly look anything like first gen zokes inside. I have only opened up the compression side as of now. The upper tube diameter and length is the same, the lower tube diameter is the same, and it has 65 lugs on the fork stantions.

    now keep in mind I have another set of 65sx forks if I need to swap to them, just curious if that will be the case. I have also yet to remove the stantions and upper tube for separate measurements but id feel the internals should be able to speak for them self.

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    well I got the one fork leg together, it actually wasn't too bad but the springs are pretty tight inside the tube. I just did a test fit and pushed them through there stroke without oil and I could hear slight squeaking. I'd like to sand and polish the springs to clean them up a little bit and hopefully make the fit a little less tight and smooth. I had read somewhere else that others have had there first gen zokes squeak for the first few hours of use.... anyone else experience that?.

    and has anyone ever tried media blasting springs and then polishing them? or anyone else have any experience polishing springs for use?
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    so as you know I pulled the forks apart. I didn't separate the uppers and lowers, but did remove the cartridges. No spacers found anywhere. ordered the HD 5.0kg springs for my weight and they were a tight fit. I ended up sanding them with 80,240,400,600, and finished with 1500. springs slid in like butter. overall very happy with the results, but still is less travel than stock or first gen zokes and I can't figure out where I'm losing it.

    I'm compared my OE M ktm65sx forks cartridge to these cartridges and they are the same length. So where am I losing the travel, cartride/dampening rod is the same length, so is the upper fork tube, as well as the springs.....where am I losing the 1.5" of travel at?

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