2007 Wr450 Spring rates question

I bought a 2007 WR450f and the PO was not the original owner so not much help as to what had been done to the bike. Both PO's were pretty big guys (I am 6'1" and 205# and they were heavier than me). I know everyone says the stock suspension is way too soft. Both times I have had the bike out the suspension seems a bit hard (harsh). I have a KTM 300 as a comparison and the WR450 feels way harsher. This is really noticeable in small rock gardens. Lots of deflection. All clickers are set to the middle position. Question I have is there any way to see if a new spring has been installed visually? I know that the front end would need to be disassembled but the rear shock spring is visible. Any clues as to what to look for to see if one of the PO installed heavier springs? I have the race sag set at 100 mm.

Edited by pschiess

I dont think so? My 07 was too soft..I liked it for the most part and was scared to change it but I finally summoned the courage. I went to .48 springs up front and found a stock yz450 spring for the rear. I forget what it was, but the stock WR was 5.3 I think and the yz was one step higher.

The result was MAGIC. I still have stock valving and it's like night and day. I weight about 190-95 but I carry tons of stuff since I do long distance DS-ing, so it should be good for you too.

The stock spring is gray, if it is another color, that is a dead giveaway.

Measure your static sag, which is the sag with the bike weight only. If it is too stiff for you, it would be about 25-30 mm because you would have had to loosen the spring up to set the race sag to 100. I think about 20-25 is ideal.

I weigh 220 and run .48 in the front and 6.2 on the rear. I had a pro set it up. Well worth the money.

The stock spring is gray, if it is another color, that is a dead giveaway.

Measure your static sag, which is the sag with the bike weight only. If it is too stiff for you, it would be about 25-30 mm because you would have had to loosen the spring up to set the race sag to 100. I think about 20-25 is ideal.

I weigh 220 and run .48 in the front and 6.2 on the rear. I had a pro set it up. Well worth the money.

Great info. Thanks for your help.

If the spring is too soft or too stiff, the net effect is that the shock will be harsh compared to the correct one for your weight. But I think too stiff would be better than too soft because of front-to-back balance on the suspension.

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