Posted December 15, 2010 - 09:06 PM
What is the big advantage of getting your suspension revalved (vs just adjusting your clickers) If You Aren't Very Heavy? For example my fat arse comes in around 165lbs w/o gear... not too far from what the factory had in mind when they designed the bike in the first place. And most of the info from guys on here seems to come from dudes that outweigh me by 40lbs+
So please, share your infinate wisdom with a confused fool like myself
Posted December 16, 2010 - 05:11 AM
Changing the stock exhaust to a yz model and revalving the suspension are, in my opinion, the two best mods for the wr.
Posted December 16, 2010 - 11:36 AM
The stock suspension is not set up for performance, it's pretty much set up for the 'showroom tester'. And when I say 'performance', I don't mean racing, I mean control, at whatever speed. As Kawi said, the bike is so soft that when you hit sand, or more than one or two real bumps in succession, the suspensions weak points become immediately apparent. Ajusting the clickers will make a change, but not an improvement.
The fork clicker settings are also inter-related. When you adjust one, you are affecting the other. With the stock damping valve and stacks, the adjustments don't give you near enough range to be able to adjust rebound correctly, without having the compression compromised.
Not to mention the oils! They are usually just good enough to prevent rust, and hold the bike upright. They really should be changed when you get the bike, as they last about 10 hours before breaking down.
Posted December 16, 2010 - 04:12 PM
Yeah, re-valve them.
Very much worth the cost/effort.
Posted December 16, 2010 - 08:20 PM
I used a local Race Tech shop (RaceWorks) for my mods and love the results with 10wt oil set to 95mm below top of fork.
Posted December 17, 2010 - 01:40 PM
I waited for cheap RaceTech Gold Valves (fork and shock sets) to come up on eBay then grabbed them.
I fitted them myself. The only external work I had done was to get the shock/reservoir charged with nitrogen.
You'd be surprised at just how easy it is to pull a shock absorber apart, change the valving, then re-assemble it.
I'll never pay anyone to do a rebuild for me again.
It has transformed the bike. Its more stable everywhere!
Posted December 17, 2010 - 09:33 PM
Posted December 18, 2010 - 12:14 PM
I guess with all this it leads to the obvious followup question: Do I find parts and work through doing it myself or do I have the shop about a mile from my house do it for $450?
Is it terribly compicated or is it mostly just expensive parts?
Thanks again guys
Posted December 18, 2010 - 04:35 PM
I weigh 185-190lbs and my smart performance suspension has made a huge difference to the bike. Doesn't wallow or drag the cases like it used to, corners and handles better, and can hammer through woops and come up short on jumps without the bone rattling bottoming. Still plush enough for the small stuff.