2006 YZ450F soft forks
Posted July 04, 2011 - 09:29 AM
I am by no means a pro rider, so I tend to make some mistakes from time to time. I guess the biggest place where the bottoming irritates me is if I land a jump with the nose tilted down just a bit too much it will bottom. I'm not talking about panic grab nose down, I'm just talking about landing with the front wheel first.
Posted July 04, 2011 - 10:33 AM
That said, the first thing you can try is the oil level in the outer chamber of the fork. Start with an oil change, then set the outer chamber oil level at 350cc per side. If it seems too soft or bottoms too easily, add oil, but no more than 10cc per side at a time. If it seems too harsh all of a sudden, reduce the oil level by 10 per side.
If it gets to a point where you've added oil until it feels harsh, and it still bottoms excessively, you can try using a heavier oil in the outer chamber. Use a 7-10wt in place of the 2.5-5wt normally called for. This will not effect any element of the fork damping rates, but it will make the oil locks (hydraulic "brakes" built into the outer chamber to slow the fork in the last inch or so of travel) more effective, and will allow you to run lower oil levels for an overall softer feel without bottoming hard.
When you want to really do something with the fork, contact SMART Performance about their "Dell Taco" upgrade.
Posted July 06, 2011 - 04:32 PM
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