So Cal WR suspension tuner


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  • Krannie McKranface

Posted October 11, 2010 - 06:46 PM

#1

Looking for a reputable suspension tuner in the LA area, if possible.
Someone who knows how to do a shim stack, a pressure spring, and proper bleeding of the inner cartridge, and can do the oil height adjustments.

I've tried ESP in the past, and am looking for something better.

  • wondermuscle

Posted October 11, 2010 - 07:07 PM

#2

There is quite a bit of info in this forum already. Give a suspension tuning search a try.

Two big names I stay away from, Precision Concepts and Pro Circuit.

Factory Connection is good, they listen to what you have to say.

But the smaller companies seam to offer better customer service. I now get mine done from a very experienced guy who works from his garage. I have heard good things about Dicks.

I was also impressed with Smart Performance.

  • 123BigcoopDawg576

Posted October 12, 2010 - 06:40 AM

#3

There is quite a bit of info in this forum already. Give a suspension tuning search a try.


Ditto...

Here is a LIST of all the threads you started on suspension for the 03 you sold :smirk: (The forks are basically the same...)

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Edited by 123BigcoopDawg576, October 12, 2010 - 08:25 AM.


  • atitagain

Posted October 12, 2010 - 08:22 AM

#4

Wow coop.... that's harsh. Funny.... but harsh.

  • Just_a_trail_rider

Posted October 12, 2010 - 08:55 AM

#5

Bill.... In SoCal, two guys come to mind.


The first is FineLine suspension in Huntington Beach. He setup my 05 WR and is great to work with.

My yz (race bike) was setup by Travis at TBT Suspension. He actually came to my house with his box van/workshop about a month ago and revalved my forks and shock in a few hours.

Now... Smart Performance is always there. You know for a fact that Dave is good.

Other guys I've spent money on but did not ultimately like their work was ESP, TooTech and Zieman. I am sure that they are all good tuners, but I never quite got what I expected out of them. I am sure I am mostly to blame for that since it took me a while to figure out what I really wanted.

  • Krannie McKranface

Posted October 12, 2010 - 07:16 PM

#6

Ditto...

Here is a LIST of all the threads you started on suspension for the 03 you sold :smirk: (The forks are basically the same...)

http://www.thumperta...ight=suspension

http://www.thumperta...ight=suspension

http://www.thumperta...ight=suspension

http://www.thumperta...ight=suspension

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Yeah, thank you so much for being you.

You can refrain from commenting on my posts, if that's easier for you.

You know, several tuners have come and gone in recent years, some have gotten really poor at customer service, some have change personnel that tune the forks and some have gotten better at everything.

I wanted to know the experiences of those who have recently had the newer 38mm forks redone, including possibly the base bolt change/modification, and specific tuning that they really liked.

  • 02WR426Cali

Posted October 12, 2010 - 07:21 PM

#7

They aren't local (in Washington) but do great work and have nice parts also.
Check out MotoPro Suspension.
Moto-Pro.com
John knows his stuff!

  • Krannie McKranface

Posted October 12, 2010 - 07:23 PM

#8

They aren't local (in Washington) but do great work and have nice parts also.
Check out MotoPro Suspension.
Moto-Pro.com
John knows his stuff!


Yeah, I have a friend who took his XR400 there and he was very happy with the results.

  • Krannie McKranface

Posted October 12, 2010 - 07:24 PM

#9

Bill.... In SoCal, two guys come to mind.


The first is FineLine suspension in Huntington Beach. He setup my 05 WR and is great to work with.

My yz (race bike) was setup by Travis at TBT Suspension. He actually came to my house with his box van/workshop about a month ago and revalved my forks and shock in a few hours.

Now... Smart Performance is always there. You know for a fact that Dave is good.

Other guys I've spent money on but did not ultimately like their work was ESP, TooTech and Zieman. I am sure that they are all good tuners, but I never quite got what I expected out of them. I am sure I am mostly to blame for that since it took me a while to figure out what I really wanted.


I did not have a good experience with Dave's work.

  • 123BigcoopDawg576

Posted October 12, 2010 - 08:04 PM

#10

Yeah, thank you so much for being you.


My pleasure :smirk:

You can refrain from commenting on my posts, if that's easier for you.


There is nothing to refrain from...its a public forum :cheers:

You know, several tuners have come and gone in recent years, some have gotten really poor at customer service, some have change personnel that tune the forks and some have gotten better at everything.

I wanted to know the experiences of those who have recently had the newer 38mm forks redone, including possibly the base bolt change/modification, and specific tuning that they really liked.


If that is the case, then this thread would be best fit for the CA forum or the suspension for :p

If you need help on how to make the motor zing or how to do the free mods then by all means, we are hear to help...the point being, NO one cares to read 100 new threads on who in So Cal can work your boingers for you...

Edited by 123BigcoopDawg576, October 12, 2010 - 08:21 PM.


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  • Krannie McKranface

Posted October 13, 2010 - 03:37 AM

#11

My pleasure :smirk:



There is nothing to refrain from...its a public forum :cheers:



If that is the case, then this thread would be best fit for the CA forum or the suspension for :p

If you need help on how to make the motor zing or how to do the free mods then by all means, we are hear to help...the point being, NO one cares to read 100 new threads on who in So Cal can work your boingers for you...


...and no one cares to hear you bitch and moan and PROLONG what you supposedly hate.



I'm not sure I understand why this post upsets you so much.

  • JDLowrance

Posted October 13, 2010 - 05:17 AM

#12

Krannie,

I just got my 09 set-up by factory Connection. It took 4 attempts but the 4th time appears to be the charm.

Sounds like you are about my size. If you ride sandy whoops, rocks, etc (typical So Cal. conditions) talk to Zak...he's the one that sets up all of the GNCC WR's and knows his stuff.

Good luck.

John

  • Krannie McKranface

Posted October 13, 2010 - 06:12 AM

#13

Krannie,

I just got my 09 set-up by factory Connection. It took 4 attempts but the 4th time appears to be the charm.

Sounds like you are about my size. If you ride sandy whoops, rocks, etc (typical So Cal. conditions) talk to Zak...he's the one that sets up all of the GNCC WR's and knows his stuff.

Good luck.

John


Thanks John

I did talk to him on the phone on Monday. Very thorough guy.

  • tribalbc

Posted October 13, 2010 - 06:51 AM

#14

I did not have a good experience with Dave's work.


And why's that???
All your earlier threads I read was commending the work :smirk:

  • Krannie McKranface

Posted October 13, 2010 - 04:45 PM

#15

And why's that???
All your earlier threads I read was commending the work :smirk:


PM me if you want details

  • Bandit9

Posted October 14, 2010 - 05:46 AM

#16

Is this Zak fellow in the East Coast shop or in the So Cal shop? I'm interested to hear how this comes out. I'm going to send mine off to FC soon, b/c my normal tuner has never messed with the WR at all.

  • grayracer513

Posted October 14, 2010 - 08:17 AM

#17

I did not have a good experience with Dave's work.

And why's that???
All your earlier threads I read was commending the work :smirk:

Everyone for whom I have done Del Taco or Phase 4 forks and shock revalves has liked them. I didn't think mine were perfect for my particular application the first time around the mulberry bush, but they were a huge improvement and did just what they were supposed to do. In my case, all of the "bugs", which are in reality nothing more than my own quest for my version of perfect, have nearly been worked out.

I did talk with one individual who was less than totally pleased, and whose issue was that he expected the suspension to work across an extremely wide range of conditions, which is very difficult to accomplish.

It's well to remember that in terms of competitive racing, the WR's suspension was once thought of as being beyond help. Dave is one of the people who is most responsible for changing that perception.

  • jayh300

Posted October 14, 2010 - 09:45 AM

#18

Everyone for whom I have done Del Taco or Phase 4 forks and shock revalves has liked them. I didn't think mine were perfect for my particular application the first time around the mulberry bush, but they were a huge improvement and did just what they were supposed to do. In my case, all of the "bugs", which are in reality nothing more than my own quest for my version of perfect, have nearly been worked out.

I did talk with one individual who was less than totally pleased, and whose issue was that he expected the suspension to work across an extremely wide range of conditions, which is very difficult to accomplish.

It's well to remember that in terms of competitive racing, the WR's suspension was once thought of as being beyond help. Dave is one of the people who is most responsible for changing that perception.



gray did mine.. 2006 wr450f... it is very good. there were a few "bugs" as he described.. part of my problem was my install and not taking as good of notes as i should have on tear down... but within 2 rides it is a changed bike..
this is the first bike i have ever had the suspension done on, but it sure wont be the last.
:smirk:

  • JDLowrance

Posted October 17, 2010 - 04:47 PM

#19

Is this Zak fellow in the East Coast shop or in the So Cal shop? I'm interested to hear how this comes out. I'm going to send mine off to FC soon, b/c my normal tuner has never messed with the WR at all.


East coast. Good guy, he'll work with you until you are happy. Like I mentioned in an earlier post, my stuff required 4 trips to the tuning bench to get it sorted.

John

  • ajh42e

Posted October 19, 2010 - 12:41 PM

#20

I suggest DeWayne Jones Suspenion 909-626-2751. Hes the older brother of 4 X AMA MX champ Gary Jones. Tons of bike set up help and he makes my bikes wonderful! He has worked on my Flattrack, Supermoto, MX and Dual Sport. Love his work and he stands by it. Also has lifetime revalving which means if you buy or sell a bike with his work you just pay for fliud change and while hes in there he will revalve for your riding. Also he does spring exchange which will swap springs for about half the cost of a new 1. Great guy who loves all types of racing.
Tell him AJ sent you!




 
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