2011 suspension

4 replies to this topic
  • mxstate

Posted February 10, 2013 - 01:27 PM


I will also ask in the suspension forum but wanted to check here first.
I just got a 2011 450 and might need to change the springs.
Previous owner was 185 lb w/o gear and a fast A rider. He went downcone rate from sotck on both ends and a bit stiffer on valving
i rode the bike a few times and the shock feels OK sOk but I can't get in terms with the forks (very firm). i tyried several clickers adjsutment and it ended up better but still too harsh for me

For my level and age (46 tomorrw!), I just want a plush feeling (not mushy though)

I'm 205 w/o gear and C level, practice only on MX track
Would the stock sprting rate/ stock valving work for me?
I kept reading about how good the sotck stuff is and don't want ot go through too many valving experiments

Rear sag numbers are 110/25

Thanks for any feedback

Edited by mxstate, February 10, 2013 - 01:56 PM.

  • Ringo25

Posted February 10, 2013 - 01:33 PM


You might. want to swap the spring to a stiffer one and try some softer valving. One step stiffer should do for the spring.

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  • Joe_Jet

Posted February 18, 2013 - 01:18 AM


im 165 and run the stock suspension. i firmed up the front and softened up the rear. i run my sag at 100. im guessing your sag is too low and you need stiffer springs to keep the suspension up in the plusher part of the stroke.

  • rotax800

Posted February 18, 2013 - 03:35 PM


Stocksusp. is set for 180# rider. I'm 225 w/o gear and factory connection bumped me up one rate front and rear. No revalve and just a touch more oil, "stock oil is'nt as good as pig urine" in the forks. Nice and plush but still soaks the woops up. I'm 48, b class and love it. If you cant get the proper free sag with the spring thats on it, It'll never be right for you. FC was the best money i ever spent.

  • mxstate

Posted February 18, 2013 - 04:30 PM


Thanks all for the feedback
I can get my hands on a set F/R of stock springs.
I'll give this a shot since valving has been beefed up by previous owner

Might do the trick for me

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