Suspension question for an 04 WR450F....
Posted April 02, 2004 - 07:40 PM
I finally finished all the free mods to my 04 WR450, now it hauls. I just started jumping it and I don't know if the stock suspension is setup for what I want to do with it or not. I mainly do desert riding (ie. Ocotillo Wells). I want to set the suspension up for big woops and jumps. My height is 6'2" and I weigh 210lbs. If any of you have the same bike and know some things about suspension, could you please tell me how to adjust the suspension for myself? I don't know sh|t about suspension .
When I go to the desert, my buddies and I look for jumps to hit. Most trails we take have massive whoops. So, even though I'm out in the desert, we're usually riding motocross-style riding. Hope I'm making sense . AND, I want to race in the Adelanto Grand Prix next year which is pretty much 9.3 mile loops of nothing but whoops . So am I going to have to go softer on the settings? Both front and rear 50/50 or what?
Thanks again Thanks for your help. I'm sure you get these questions all the time.
Sorry for having to repost but I'm not getting much help in the suspension forum
Posted April 03, 2004 - 06:42 AM
I find the other circuits are a little more difficult to feel whats going on. Up front I think I've ended up(so far) with 3 or 4 more clicks (from stock) of compression, and 1 more rebound for whoops.
BUT FIRST, you should set the rear sag. This will also tell you if you need a heavier rear spring(you probably do). http://race-tech.com has a 'spring search' feature that is handy too. Up front you can add pre-load washers (part# is in your manual under 'suspension tuning') to help the front ride higher. I added 2 to each leg, it's only 4.6mm(2)of preload but makes a noticeable difference (btw, I'm 200lbs w/out gear).
Take time to experiment with the clickers, they can make a big difference. It's also a good idea to carry a small note pad with you, and write down each change, so you always know where you are.
Disclamer: I'm no expert by a long shot, this is just what seems to be working for me so far.
Posted April 03, 2004 - 07:20 AM
I added 2 to each leg, it's only 4.6mm(2)of preload but makes a noticeable difference
Lipskid what did this help? More plush or what? I have never added preload up front so thats new to me. Thanks
Posted April 03, 2004 - 08:03 AM
BTW, you need a flat wrench to get in on top of the spring. I think it's a 17mm (don't remember for sure, I'll check later). Anyway, the bicycle shops sell what they call a "cone wrench" (comes in different sizes) that works great.
Posted April 04, 2004 - 09:58 PM
Posted April 05, 2004 - 03:59 AM