Many thanks for clarifying suspension settings and tuning.
I just returned from Burro Schmidt Tunnel (desert ride) with a friend on a new 2012 WR450. He was pretty beat up riding it, but never put any work into dialing suspension in.
It's like pulling teeth trying to explain suspension settings. Thank you very much for a clear methodology for tuning. Now I just have to talk him into spending a day of test and tune. He's a chef and uncomfortable with anything mechanical. Thinks he can just drop it off at the shop for them to adjust. After watching him and discussing the worn out two-strokes he's ridden previously, I think he needs a plush riding, very compliant and forgiving setup for slower speeds and a beginner-novice rider.
The settings (baseline) are going to be an enormous help.
You're welcome. The people on this forum are kind and generous with their time and knowledge, and I too am very grateful for them being here.
I'm back from the MotoVentures.com training, using the adjusted suspension settings for the 1st time. (I backed off from the front forks being "6 clicks out" / CCW, and decided to go with "4 clicks out" / CCW instead. 6 seemed like it would be too much at once.)
It's too soon for me to tell if it's improved the front suspension for me. We concentrated on "fundamentals" both days, and I did not get to try "big hits" to the front too much. It was mostly low speed work, at high lean angles. Difficult, and appropriate training, for me. One time I tried something with a substantial front end "hit" (going over a log), I blew it, did it wrong wound up on my a$$. What I learned about the suspension, on two attempts, was it deflects (I approached straight, 90 deg to the log). So, based on GreyRacer's explanation, I'll likely try decreasing compression some more ('nother 2 clicks "Out" / CCW).