Forks on 04 WR 450, what did you do?
Posted August 25, 2004 - 04:35 AM
Has anyone made changes to their forks that made the action better?
I have a stock spring, 5.5 inches oil level, 5 wt oil.
I was considering 2.5 wt to soften the action in the trees, but would it be better to buy new springs before I change the weight of the oil.
I don't want to waste my time, so some help would be appreciated.
I have looked at peoples signatures to see what people have done, but most people seem to change things for more power. There are few suspension mods done.
Posted August 25, 2004 - 06:08 AM
Posted August 25, 2004 - 06:27 AM
Posted August 25, 2004 - 07:40 AM
Mid stroke seems to be the big problem. I bottom too often, but if I increase the compression the action becomes harsh.
I'm currently at the softest compression setting.
Can you tell me where and how to handle the mid-value.
I'm wondering if a softer spring would make the mid stroke better or if the stock spring will work once the mid-valve is removed.
Is this where people talk about changing the stack to get more compression at certain places in the stroke??
Posted August 25, 2004 - 08:40 AM
All I did with my forks was change the oil (5 wt) and they perform nicely. The oil in the forks for the factory was like black sludge.
The forks do seem a bit stiff when riding slowly, but when I'm smacking off the top of whoops in 4th gear, they work just fine.
Posted August 25, 2004 - 09:10 AM
Posted August 25, 2004 - 09:52 AM
The forks work OK at speed, a little harsh at times, but OK.
The problem is I tend to race hares scrambles which is mostly technical tight trails but the occasional MX track section causes some bottoming if a over-jump a table, for example.
I have changed the oil a couple times (5 wt) already, and the action is still not what I think it should be.
I'm exactly 180. There is always some compromise when your terrain and course vary the way a hare scrambles course varies. I could increase compression to find a happy medium, but now the bike is only happy at MX speed.
I appreciate your responses and I'm thinking about all of them.
Posted August 25, 2004 - 10:24 AM
Posted August 25, 2004 - 12:31 PM
The front fork is too stiff already I don't think I want to shim it, right?
I felt like something was wrong with the fork and you described it perfectly. I do all my own maintainence, so I'll look at the exploded view and see what it takes.
Thanks for the reply.