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Goosedog

YZ suspension preferences for the woods

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I'm posting this here instead of the suspension forum cause my question is "YZ" specific. For all you guys weighing in at around 215lbs and riding a YZ426 on the trails, whats your prefered suspension clicks for forks and shock? I can't seem to smooth mine out and still keep that good hook-up feel at the same time. I'm really getting beat around way too much for my age. :D

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I weigh 225#s and have stiffer springs but run my clickers all the way out on all settings. Without re-valving for the woods,offroad, this works pretty good. I like my suspension a little stiff. BTW the heavier springs do not make it harsher; for my weight it actually keeps it in the soft part of the stroke.

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I weigh 225#s and have stiffer springs but run my clickers all the way out on all settings. Without re-valving for the woods,offroad, this works pretty good. I like my suspension a little stiff. BTW the heavier springs do not make it harsher; for my weight it actually keeps it in the soft part of the stroke.

Did you change out your springs, front and rear????

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Hey Goose, a revalve and springs did wonders for my WR and the YZ's are even stiffer so I am sure it would help. At least a revalve. Where are you in NC?

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Hey Goose, a revalve and springs did wonders for my WR and the YZ's are even stiffer so I am sure it would help. At least a revalve. Where are you in NC?

I bought my YZ426 used and the previous owner put Racetech springs up front, but I don't know if he re-valved or not. I though I might take it to Neelys in Spartanburg to have it checked out. Oh....and I live near Asheville BTW.

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Sure.....thanks, I could always just call to compare costs.

His name is Wyatt, 828/322-7223. Jim Chester is his partner. One of them will answer the phone. Never hurts to compare at least.

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I am 6'6" 230, no spring change for me makes the bike really stiff, what you need to do is change the shim stack (revalve). I just did mine, and it made a tremendous difference I ride woods and mx, so I went with the idea of improving the two functions of the overall action for both types of riding. High speed dampning (woods) and low speed (mx) I added 4 shims on the forks (can't remember what size) and went with a 50/50 blend of Bellray HV1 and Mobil Syn ATF for a total weight of 6, and filled them to the max volume. Huge difference, I mean huge! Rear shock 3-5 shims same fluid fresh nitrogen, huge difference! Lots of people try to click their way to a finer suspension it just didn't work for me. Avoid a spring change, just go ahead and revalve.

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