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Krannie McKranface

Best possible forks

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So, If I were rich, what forks from what bike would fit on the '07 WR450?

I see a lot of KX450 forks, YZ250f forks, etc on fleabay............

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From what I read, the 06 and up YZ forks, the SSS ones, are supposed to be fantastic right out of the box.

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You'll probably laugh, but I'm gonna go with the Suzuki DRZ forks!!! For off-road riding/racing Conventional forks are incredible!!! They are soooooooo supple that it'll blow your mind! There buttery smooth!!! This of course, is AFTER revalving. Maniac

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You'll probably laugh, but I'm gonna go with the Suzuki DRZ forks!!! For off-road riding/racing Conventional forks are incredible!!! They are soooooooo supple that it'll blow your mind! There buttery smooth!!! This of course, is AFTER revalving. Maniac

Yeah, but no.

They cannot handle whoops worth a darn.

You can re-valve any fork to be a supple as the DRZ series KYB forks, but then they will FAIL miserably in harsh high-speed terrain.

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DaveJ's Phase 4 Kits and be done with it. :p:smirk::(

I think he's been down that road......

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Krannie, I'm still going to disagree with some of your statement. There's just something about how "fluidly" conventional forks respond to trail junk compared to Inverted forks. Something that I don't believe you can ever achive with valving. That's how I feel. Your results may vary!!! Maniac

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Krannie, I'm still going to disagree with some of your statement. There's just something about how "fluidly" conventional forks respond to trail junk compared to Inverted forks. Something that I don't believe you can ever achive with valving. That's how I feel. Your results may vary!!! Maniac

It doesn't matter if a fork is USD or RSU. It's all in the damping method.

You can have damping rod, open bath, cartridge, or dual cartridge with either.

The only reason modern forks are USD is because of structural rigidity and lower weight.

You can't take a Cadillac in the desert.

You can't take a Tank on the freeway.

They both do certain things very well.

They doesn't make one of them better.

If I can find a set of YZ SSS forks for the right price, I will try them.

I see no reason not to try the very best oem , within reason.

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Im with Manica,I run 87cr500 forks on my 07 450.There are no usd forks that ride like mine.There is no flex on usd forks thats what he is talking about.You cant take the jackhammer out of usd forks.Dont knock them if you dont know.It is not all in the damping.

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Best forks I ever had, hands down no question were the RSUs on my 1998 RM250.

The remainder of the motorcycle was a turd. Weak power, so-so components, cheap-azz hardware, etc.

But she would turn and burn (or at least turn and burp) and soak up anything you could throw at them. And because it was so underpowered it had to soak up a lot!

Great forks. The rest...eh...not so much.

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Thanks guys! That's what I was trying to say. It's amazing how there seems to be no stiction in Conventional forks, they just fluidly move thru there travel. Inverted's just seem to move in a "herky jerky" manner while going thru there travel. Didn't Honda use Conventional's on there Baja machine, the XR650rr? Maniac

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USD's are supposed to suffer from more stiction / friction due to stanchions becoming ever to slighty oval due to the bending moment being just below the slider, which is trying to slide into the slider

RWU forks bend just below the bottom yoke and hence don't suffer from this as the slider is 10 inches away!

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Thanks guys! That's what I was trying to say. It's amazing how there seems to be no stiction in Conventional forks, they just fluidly move thru there travel. Inverted's just seem to move in a "herky jerky" manner while going thru there travel. Didn't Honda use Conventional's on there Baja machine, the XR650rr? Maniac

Yes, where suppleness is irrelevant. Those forks can be set up for MONSTER hits without flexing the rest of the time.

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USD's are supposed to suffer from more stiction / friction due to stanchions becoming ever to slighty oval due to the bending moment being just below the slider, which is trying to slide into the slider

RWU forks bend just below the bottom yoke and hence don't suffer from this as the slider is 10 inches away!

Try '08+ KX450 forks sometime. Smooth as buttah. No stiction whatsoever.

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Look to beet up for my taste. Down side is once you buy those, you still have to valve and spring em.

Yeah, I know.

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Hmm I'm no expert, but I'm with the RSU guy's here. Maybe its the sprung weight that's easier to dampen/valve? I don't know. On the single track the 87 CR cartridge and the 96-98 Suzuki RM forks are pretty awesome. I have a set of 46mm RSU Blue Tube Paioli's that I'd like to try out as well, but they won't easily adapt to the WR or my CR I've already tried lol.

That said my favorite fork of all time is the 50mm WP Extremes that came on the late 90's KTM's and Bergs. Their trail manners are incredible--hands down the best forks I have ever ridden on by a long shot :smirk:

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