Thanks for all the help.
I'm 200lbs and haven't got to mess with the clickers alot with all good parts since
I just got the rear shock rebuilt. I set the sag at 4 inches but it probably has too much pre-load in the spring everything measured right for race sag and static sag but I don't know.
As best I know the springs are stock front and rear and I was gonna see if they would work since I'm riding strictly trails with very small jumps for now.
I haven't got into the forks yet but plan to do that to change the oil and set the levels. The seals don't leak as far as I can tell.
Suspension is important alright, but it's expensive to do anything really effective to it, and the OP may not consider it worth while to spend that much on an '03. What can be done cheaply, though, is this. First, try a fork oil change, being sure to use a light grade suspension oil (~2-4wt) and keep the oil at near the minimum level. With the springs removed and both the damper rods and main tubes compressed, the oil level range is supposed to be between 135 and 85mm down from the top of the upper tube. Try it at 130. If you can run that oil height without excessive bottoming, the lower level will make the front end fell softer. Also, back out the compression clickers on the bottoms of the forks. Turn them all the way in just to where they stop, then come out about 15 clicks. If this feels too loose, bottoms too easy, etc., go back in two at a time. Loosen up the rebound (top of the fork) some, too. Lastly, be sure the spring rates are appropriate for your weight. Stock springs are intended for riders weighing around 170-190 in street clothes. Too far off from that, and the suspension will never work right until the springs are matched.
you hit the nail on the head. The bikes old and I just want it setup the best I can to bang around on the trails. Looking to learn on this one and If I want a newer bike later, I've got a list of people wanting to buy this one off of me already.
I've set the clickers just a click or two lower than stock settings (per the manual) front and rear when I put the shock back on. Gonna soften everything like you say and work my way back.