Adjusting Mx susp. for trail riding

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  • flintlock28

Posted January 18, 2007 - 08:15 PM


If your yz450f (or any bike for that matter), is properly set up suspension wise for the MX track, is there a general rule for resetting the clickers when you hit the trail??

I"m well aware that a bike thats designed for the track, is simply going to be too stiff for Proper trail riding, however i ride both, and dont want to re-valve for the trail.

Any guidelines? i.e. like lower the compression so many steps, or increase rebound dampening? etc.?

I would like to hear from those who mainly ride track, and then hit the trails, their recommendations.

p.s. I will mainly be hitting Coal areas of PA. that are primarily hardpack, rocky, and have hills of shale.....very little mud.

  • 642MX

Posted January 18, 2007 - 08:23 PM


I ride a 50/50 mix. I'm set up for MX and I don't change a thing for trails. I guess I'm just used to it.

  • red7

Posted January 18, 2007 - 10:52 PM


Great thread as I just got a new '06 YZ to replace my '04 WR450 and like you I'll do mostly track but with some trails. I don't think my suspension is broken in yet so it feels stiff on trails but I'd rather have it too stiff then too soft as my WR450 was way too soft even on trails. I'd love to keep it dialed for track and then be able to make a few quick adjustments for the trails. HOpefully someone will jump in and help us out.

  • flintlock28

Posted January 19, 2007 - 03:24 AM


Yeah, I've simply left it set up for MX and gotten used to it, but I'm wondering if a few clicks with the forks, may improve the trail riding characteristics.......

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  • Ga426owner

Posted January 19, 2007 - 06:56 AM


Yeah, I've simply left it set up for MX and gotten used to it, but I'm wondering if a few clicks with the forks, may improve the trail riding characteristics.......

it will until you want a more progressive feel - then you will need a revalve - you can remove 5-10cc of oil from the forks too

  • yami racer

Posted January 19, 2007 - 07:24 AM


Generally you need compression very soft to absorb the sharp hits. Rebound is generally softened to provide a very responsive feel and ride. This will be generally the same if you MX on hard pack but you will certainly need to adjust for the softer loamy tracks to harder settings.

If you will mostly be MX I would keep those settings for the few times you hit the woods otherwise count your clickers from the track and keep track to what you set for the woods and make those same changes from one to the other. This will keep it simple.

  • Ranger18

Posted January 19, 2007 - 07:35 AM


I keep my MX setup

  • tmauto69

Posted January 19, 2007 - 02:05 PM


I do both as well on an '06. I leave it set up for MX when I hit the woods most of the time, if I do think about it I may back off the comp a click or two. But the bike adapts really well to almost anything you throw at it IMO.

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