Will soft springs lower forks & give plush ride?
Posted November 18, 2005 - 07:16 AM
I have a 2000 WR400 and I want to lower the front forks about 1" because my legs are short, and I want to make the forks more plush because right now they are way to stiff on compression, with the adjusters all the way out. According to the Race Tech website, stock springs are .46 kg. and the recommended springs are .44kg for my weight (165lbs.) I am considering installing .42kg springs. Has anyone ever installed softer than recommended springs? Am I asking for trouble, risking having the bike sag way too much? Also, should I install thinner oil (Stock is 5weight) or lower the oil level a little to soften the dampening? I don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on parts and special tools or on a suspension revalve just to soften the forks a little.
Thanks for any advice y'all can give!
Posted November 18, 2005 - 10:23 AM
I would not get springs that are too soft. If you get softer springs, your front end will sag too much and sacrafice the amount of travel that you have. You need the travel for a plush ride. Also you can get a pretty plush ride with 5W oil. Do you know for sure what weight of oil is in your forks? Maybe the previous owner put 10W or 15W because he wanted a stiffer ride?
Posted November 18, 2005 - 10:27 AM
Ask around in the Virginia forum for a good local suspension shop and call them. They will have suggestions for you, maybe not a softer spring, but a shorter one and a revalve? Don't be afraid to pull the forks and have em done, it's the best money you can spend on your bike, worth every penny. Besides, it's really not that much more than just respringing and changing the fluid.