The Ruckus suspension is no good, horrible, and very bad. I previously replaced my rear shock for under 30$, and recently, I found time to rebuild the front forks with stiffer springs from MNNTHBX (that’s Man In The Box). These new springs can be gotten for less than 50$ and are very easy to install with only one special tool and some grease. This kit is described as “50% stiffer so it actually functions, and 3/4″ shorter for a touch of stance.”


I’ve now been riding on these for one year, and while they are an improvement, hitting potholes can still be violent. These aren’t a cure for the Ruckus’ horrible front suspension. I would prefer 3/4″ more of spring instead of this lowered stance.

I am not providing instructions for this job because MNNTHBX has created this fantastic video demonstrating how to replace the front fork springs in the Ruckus. It starts with the forks on a workbench, though, so here are some steps to get there.

How to Remove the Honda Ruckus Front Forks

  1. Remove the front wheel
  2. Remove two 10mm bolts under the front fender to loosen the fender
  3. Remove the upper two 12mm bolts on the fork clamp
  4. Loosen the lower two 12mm bolts on the fork clamp
  5. Pull the forks out of the clamp

How to Replace the Fork Springs

Installation Notes

  • You don’t need two people, I did this by myself.
  • I used a pocket knife to loosen the seals enough to squeeze a plastic knife in the gap to finish the job.
  • I used the same plastic knife to remove the grease on top of the snap rings.
  • The first set of snap ring pliers I tried were too thick to fit in the gap between the fork tube and the stanchion. I had to use a cheaper set made from stamped steel to fit.
  • This is a great opportunity to wash your front fender.


  • Any suspension upgrade on a Ruckus is a good idea.
  • Less bottoming-out in the front end, but not a cure.
  • Better response. I noticed a difference as soon as I rode over the bump at the end of my driveway.
  • Cost. This is perhaps the most affordable front suspension upgrade.


  • Lowers your bike 3/4″. This is bad if you do not want your scooter lowered. I have foot pegs installed, and I worry about those scraping. I wasn’t able to get low enough to cause them to scrape on my first test ride today. There are a few turns on my regular commutes where I know my pegs used to scrape, and I imagine that will only be intensified.
  • Does not prevent bottoming-out of the front suspension.

Here is a photo of the difference between a fork with the stock springs next to one with this kit installed.

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