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2010 WR450 suspension adjust for desert/dunes ect

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Hey all, I'm looking at this model right now, found one with 3500 km on it, too much $$$$ but that's they way it is here. I know the susp is a bit soft on these and I want to use it for desert riding mainly. Question is, being 180lbs, is it realistic that I can just adjust the clickers on this bike and maybe play with the oil a bit and make it at least decent? At some point I would at least revalve the shocks but to begin with I'd like to wait a bit on that. Also, I've ridden a WR400 quite a bit on the street and didn't have any trouble with overheating, is this bike going to be worse in that regard than my old 400? Don't plan on doing 80 for miles and miles, but do wetting agents really help here? Also, for the wide open desert, will a steering stabilizer be a smart investment on this bike? Any advice appreciated.

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You can most certainly be able to ride it with the stock suspension, as it's a fine handling machine. When you get the money to have the suspension done, it will be worlds better, as no matter how many clickers you adjust, stock she is soft. As for overheating, it shouldn't be an issue as long as you can keep air flowing thru the radiators and don't abuse the clutch. Correct jetting will help considerably too, to get rid of the lean/hot stock condition. Steering stablilizers are a nice addition, and you will get many different opinions on them, but personally, I would rather get the suspension done first, as I believe this will have a greater effect on the handling vs. the stabilizer.

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My 220 lb experience with the front fork tells me that the tunning sequence (for a not-so-serious rider) would be:

1) click it ($0)

2) add oil (max +10%) ($10)

3) use a stiffer spring ($100)

4) revalving ($ ???)

For a more serious approach, the same steps but starting from number 4, and done by a specialist.

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It all depends on how fast you plan to go.

If you want to skip over the top of whoops at high speed, you will have to get it re-sprung and re-valved or it will bottom and buck.

If you don't ride that way, then you will be fine.

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No high speed whoops, mainly concerned about bottoming on jumps off of dunes. I'm trying oil and clicking first, but re-valving probably gonna happen eventually. Can't wait to be in the saddle again, one of lifes finer things. Thanks.

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