Newbie Suspension setup help
Posted May 03, 2006 - 05:24 PM
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Posted May 03, 2006 - 10:19 PM
I know there are threads on this and most say to revalve and respring the bikes for heavier riders, Well that is not an option for me this summer as there is no-where in my province that does that, maybe the winter i'll pack up the shocks and send them out, but for now I want to get a heads up on setting up the suspension the best i can for now. IM 240 pounds and 6'4" tall, can anyone recommend some spring/absorber settings for me to get me started?
I'm 190, and I ride with the stock springs. I've never had the rear end bottom out - I think it feels fine like it is. I've had to adjust rebound damping on the rear, but compression damping was fine from the factory.
The front shocks though - those don't like the jumps at the motocross track. I've increased compression damping about 3 clicks, rebound by 2, and added additional fluid. They still occassionally bottom out on big jumps, especially if I come down nose heavy. What I really need to do is buy new springs for the front, or lose another 10 pounds. You can overadjust your clickers so the bike performs very badly. You need to keep in mind that you want the front end to drag some in the ruts and corners for traction. Too much compression damping = bad cornering ability. Too much rebound damping = bad traction on bumpy straight-aways.
There have been some good articles that people on here have linked to for suspension setup. Check out the suspension forum, not the WR forum for some of those links - they'll help you understand what is going on with your setup.
Posted May 04, 2006 - 01:32 PM