How to improve turning/steering on '07 WR450?


16 replies to this topic
  • xrmarty

Posted June 25, 2007 - 08:24 AM

#1

I love my bike in the desert, but when I ride it in tight technical terrain I hate the turning on this bike. It's like it wants to go straight; not very responsive.

What are my options? I'm planning on doing the following: drop fork tubes and raise rear preload. I would like to change off-set on the triples but I can't seem to find anyone that makes clamps for the WR (YZ no problem:mad: ) with different off-set.

Rekluse E-axle looked like a good solution but, again, they only make it for the YZ

Any input would be greatly appreciated

Marty

  • WGP

Posted June 25, 2007 - 09:20 AM

#2

Raise forks in triple clamp=lower's front end and turns quicker.

Drop forks in triple clamp=front end is higher and more stable at high speeds

You can also change things with the rear wheel.....
Longer chain= longer overall length and increases high speed stability
Shorter chain= shorter overall length and will turn better.

If you ride both woods and desert you will have to find a happy medium.

1st step is always correct sag too.

  • Mutu

Posted June 25, 2007 - 09:25 AM

#3

Re-spring / Revalve. The best way to spend money on your bike.
Do this first before spending money on triples or e-axle.....

  • xrmarty

Posted June 25, 2007 - 09:44 AM

#4

Raise forks in triple clamp=lower's front end and turns quicker.
Drop forks in triple clamp=front end is higher and more stable at high speeds


That's what I meant. I just got it mixed up:bonk:

I like the idea with the shorter chain.

Re-spring / Revalve. The best way to spend money on your bike.
Do this first before spending money on triples or e-axle.....


Already did that. You're right, best money ever spent. Like I said, the bike is great in the desert. Great handling, takes whoops like there is no tomorrow. I just don't care for the steering geometry in tight technical stuff.

When I had my suspension done, I believe the forks were already raised as much as possible. If I increase pre-load on the rear shock, I'll have to get a lowered seat for sure.

  • GCannon

Posted June 25, 2007 - 11:08 AM

#5

Better front tire??? Then adjust air pressure to suit your needs.

  • xrmarty

Posted June 25, 2007 - 08:29 PM

#6

Better front tire??? Then adjust air pressure to suit your needs.


I'm switching to Dunlop 756

  • fitzy

Posted June 26, 2007 - 05:00 AM

#7

90-95mm sag is what you want, as per the book. not the normal 100-105
Drop the forks down to about2-3mm below the first line on the forks.
This fixed mine and still no real headshake. Turns well now:thumbsup:

  • ffgman

Posted June 26, 2007 - 12:46 PM

#8

When I ride in the tight stuff I also run about 90mm sag and it turnes great. I think if you do that you be suprised.

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  • xrmarty

Posted June 26, 2007 - 03:46 PM

#9

When I ride in the tight stuff I also run about 90mm sag and it turnes great. I think if you do that you be suprised.


I'm definitely gonna try that this weekend. Now, I just have to figure out how to lower my seat, as I'm barely touching the ground now.

  • Derwud

Posted June 26, 2007 - 06:29 PM

#10

This is what happens when your WR won't turn..

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  • xrmarty

Posted June 26, 2007 - 08:30 PM

#11

This is what happens when your WR won't turn..

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Dang! That looks like it hurt. Hope you recover soon. Are you serious about what you said about the wr not turning? what happened?

  • SXP

Posted June 26, 2007 - 08:34 PM

#12

This is what happens when your WR won't turn..

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Tibial Plateau Fracture? (See my avatar on the left).

  • Bamster

Posted June 27, 2007 - 03:33 AM

#13

Are you sitting or standing through the technical stuff?

  • Derwud

Posted June 27, 2007 - 07:12 AM

#14

Tibial Plateau Fracture? (See my avatar on the left).


Wow, that looks just like my X-ray....

  • xrmarty

Posted June 27, 2007 - 07:55 AM

#15

Are you sitting or standing through the technical stuff?


I try to stand as much as possible. When I'm just inching my way across in some nasty rocky stuff then I'm probably sitting.

  • VB_Racing

Posted June 27, 2007 - 08:43 AM

#16

I try to stand as much as possible. When I'm just inching my way across in some nasty rocky stuff then I'm probably sitting.


Honestly, that is when you should be on the pegs as much as possible. A tip that I use is to apply the rear brake and clutch to help you with balance.
I have found that the WR handles alot better, and feels much more agile(flickable) when you are standing in technical situations. I live in WI and ride some pretty technical woods stuff.


Dave

  • Vegemite_luva

Posted June 27, 2007 - 10:38 AM

#17

I find on my 03 with BRP clamps my bike turns easier when I lean back. Not sure why but I agree you should stand as much as possible in tight technical terrain. I also find leaning with the bike making sure your hips and shoulders are in the same plane as the bike helps too.




 
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