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Jcvibby

426 as a trail/everything bike? Gears too high?

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I have been riding trails and riding anything else I can find. I have been stalling my bike 4 or 5 times every time I go out. It seems my first couple of gears are pretty high for my general/trail uses. Have you found this too and what can you do to lower the gears for easier trail riding? Thanks guys

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I've put an 13 tooth in front, stock back, and it's much better. I have to use the clutch also a lot less.

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Like mentioned above, the sprocket change for low grunt, nice low dollar.

I did the cheape$t adjustment of all and simply raised up the idle so it would not stall in tighter stuff. It never once overheated doing that "mod". I guess if overheating comes along you can try Engine Ice or something similar in rad.

Also there are lots of discussions on having a flywheel weight or Rekluse clutch.

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I run a '00 426 in the woods up here in BC. I use 13/51 gearing which allows you to poke along in 1st and 2nd gear on the tight stuff. Just don't expect to pull your buddies with 6 speeds on the fire roads. The 426 motor will actually pull down a lot lower than you think without stalling if you have the correct jetting. I flywheel weight never hurts as well.

good luck.

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When I first started racing my 426 in the woods I went to a 52 rear. Since then I have done some carb work (leaning it out, PowerNow, accel pump cover) and slowly went back down to a 50. Currently living in the Rocky Mountains, many steep rocky hillclimbs, I'm fine with it, although a couple buddies with 426s and 450s with a little less experience are still using 51-53's.

All stock front sprockets.

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I run a '00 426 in the woods up here in BC. I use 13/51 gearing which allows you to poke along in 1st and 2nd gear on the tight stuff. Just don't expect to pull your buddies with 6 speeds on the fire roads. The 426 motor will actually pull down a lot lower than you think without stalling if you have the correct jetting. I flywheel weight never hurts as well.

good luck.

Yep, like he said!:smirk:

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I ran 13/52 on my old 00 426 and it was a monster in the woods in the PNW. I think you'll like that setup or something close to it.

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