Suspension Advice

5 replies to this topic
  • Stroken

Posted November 24, 2004 - 06:59 AM


My buddy and I both upgraded from 03 450's to 05 450's. From what I understand, our bikes come from the factory set up for 180lbs riders. I weigh 200-210 and my buddy weighs 230lbs (fat a$$es :cry: ) We ride mostly whooped out desert trails and some track. Along with long streches of deep whoops, we hit some fairly large jumps.

I was told the other day that my stock suspension is not giving me even close to the ride that it should. I need to know what steps I need to take to get this ride. I've read several posts on changing springs, valves, etc.

Please give me advice as to where to start....
Do I replace both fork springs and the rear?
How do I know what spring to get?
Do I re-valve as well?
Can I do it myself or do I have to send them somewhere?
What are the costs involved in getting the right set up?

I appreciate any advice....

  • Thumper38

Posted November 24, 2004 - 07:22 AM


Having it set up right will make a huge difference, it will probally cost you around $450.00 to 500.00 for everything and that is if you have it done. You can probally do it yourself cheaper!

  • gonzo

Posted November 24, 2004 - 10:44 AM


If you want call my buddy Eric Trost at He'll set you up good. He's not that expensive either. For springs and valving its 200 bucks an end. If you mention I sent you he'll give you 10% off. He is very good at what he does.

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  • craft

Posted November 24, 2004 - 12:33 PM


Spending the cash is worth it, but in the meantime here's a good resource to help make the best of what you have.

  • beezer

Posted November 24, 2004 - 12:41 PM


I bought an 05 YZ250 and I weigh 210 pounds. I called Factory Connection and bought springs front and rear. I asked if a revalve was needed. I was told it wasn't. The suspension is good enough stock. They said to lessen the compression dampening and add some rebound with the clickers and the bike would be fine.

I was told I would really happy with the 05 suspensions.

  • Derekj426

Posted November 24, 2004 - 10:04 PM


For the 05, I would just say go get it resprung, don't worry about the revalve. Save money and you'll get what is needed from the suspension.

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