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Suspension set-up

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I've played with my suspension settings a little bit and found I could really get the bike to sit down and slide a lot more controllably with the adjustments, but it's left me wondering what other people are running on their bikes.

On my 2004 CRF450 I found that setting compression to full soft, and rebound to full hard with 3.75" of sag helped the bike a lot. I also went up (hard) about 12 clicks on the forks compression and 4 clicks on the rebound. These "to the max" settings don't really leave me any room for adjustments now though, but damn the rear end chatter really disappeared.

Before I go and have the suspension revalved to give me some adjustment room, what are the rest of you all doing for settings. :hmmm:

Oh yeah, I'm probably an intermediate level rider, and I weigh 190-200 lbs.
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on my 04 crf 450, just about everything is turned in all the way, & I get by. If KTM knows what they're doing then you need to revalve! I sat on their new 450 smr, & holy-crap! slow slow & slow valving, it feels like they got motorhoney in those forks, but they make some of the best s/m factory bikes, just my observation.
is the 525 too stiff(too slow valving), I just sat on the 450 smr after it came off the track & it moved slower than a roadrace bike.

I have yet to see a "dirt bike" that has slow enough rebound stock, not including some of the s/m factory bikes, I don't know how some of you guys get away with soft rebound for racing. S/M tracks typically mean 85-90% roadrace(although bumpy) & a dirt or motocross bike fork just won't slow down enough, I put thicker oil in my 04 crf's forks(7-9wt. I think) but you can also have seperate wt's for comp. & reb.
No I don't know about all makes, so there may be a couple out there, but I haven't seen them in the top 5
nevadaoutlaw, crank in everything you got , front & rear, compr. reb. preload, the works, I don't care what bike it is, just try it before you tell me I'm stoned. thats generic.
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