Posted August 07, 2002 - 12:11 PM
When I first rode the bike it was very active in small stuff, jittering and bouncing. I backed off the comp. a few clicks at both ends and the bike feels great in nasty rocks and stuff but bottoms and wallows on med to large whoops. I have to pull back on the bike in these sections which tires me out quickly and then the bike starts shooting out in wild directions. Also, any downhil steep enough that I can't keep weight off my hands and the front rides almost at the bottom of the stroke.
It feels to me like the bike needs stiffer springs but in reading some of the old susp. threads people 200lbs + seem to do great with the stock boingers. Although I haven't gotten out a tape measure the front and rear sag appears to be about right.
Also, If I get springs based on the RaceTech chart will I have to revalve?
Posted August 07, 2002 - 02:24 PM
Here is my 2 cents.
I have a '00WR400 (I believe if yours is '00 and a WR, it must be a 400, only the YZ was 426 then). I am 200lb and use stock springs for off-road use. My ideal settings for rocks, ruts, and real nasty stuff are much different than my ideal settings for whoops and hi speed chop. I normally run a very wide range of terrain, so I typically choose settings smack in the middle between the two ideals. If you send me a pm with your email address, I will send you my settings so you have something to start with. I would never use these springs for moto, and stiffer springs would definitely make a difference in your damping settings. Since you are in No Nevada, I would assume you ride in varying terrain from desert to woods and rocks. Try it and see what you think. These bikes respond very well to small changes in damping. Just record where you start, what you change, and how it felt to you. Worst case, if you screw it all up, you can always go back to your last good setup.
PS: there is some mid-stroke harshness in the front end that can only be cured by revalving by an expert. I have learned to live with it for now. At least until I get leaking suspension or it's time for a service. Then I'll revalve at Fineline here in HB.
[ August 07, 2002: Message edited by: Dan from HB ]
Posted August 08, 2002 - 07:11 AM
Yeah, we have a ton of terrain here in N. Nev. and I could avoid whoops altogether if I tried but they always throw a lot of them at us in our races so the bike (and me) needs to be set up for them.
Another thing I noticed is that the bike seems to soften up, too much, after about 45 min of riding. I believe that suggests old oil. I will get the susp. serviced and start playing with settings.
Posted August 08, 2002 - 03:25 PM
I haven't experienced fade (except the brain kind), and I sometimes ride pretty hard. But I'm just not in good enough shape to really ride hard for 1-2 hrs straight. Good luck.
Posted August 08, 2002 - 05:59 PM