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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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I have a YZ426F with stock forks and shock. I have the compression on the forks set at full stiff. The rebound is at full soft. The rear is just the opposite. Full soft on the compression and nearly full hard on the rebound.

I ride the bike with a much more roadrace style. I tend to really abuse the front tire, and am relatively easy on the rears. I mostly strait line brake for the corners, with little backing it in technique. Some of the guys who back it in are shit slow in comparison, so who is right. We have had a couple guys come out who raced the AMA series, and I can hang pretty well with them, and I am actually a little faster through the corners then they were. They have me totally out gunned HP wise, so within a few laps, they start to pull away, but I haven't really seen that the backing it in technique is that much better. The guys who back it in well go fast, but not everyone who "backs it in" really do it how it is supposed to be done. If you watch Henry and Ward, they back it in, but carry a tremendous amount of corner speed. They don't even take the foot off until the apex of the corner. There is such a subtle change from the sideways slide to the accelleration off the corner, it really is cool to see. If you watch, the bars are crossed up, then they turn the bars in just about the time the foot comes off. They do it so well, it is really fast. The guys around here that back it in, go like hell, slide the bike in sideways to nearly a complete stop, then turn and accellerate off the corner. They almost come to a complete stop before turning to accellerate. (not fast).

It is really hard to set up the bike, or tell anyone else how to set up their bike, when everyone has a different riding style. If you can back it in well, the stiffer the front, the better. (definitely revalve) If you ride it into the corner, you need the front to soak up some of the little bumps in the track, (maybe should leave the valving alone) I have heard leave the length stock and revalve, I have also heard to lower but no more than two inches and then revalve.

You have to find what works for your particular riding style, weight, and ability.

Good luck.

paul G
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The idea behind the full soft on the rebound up front is to get the tire to track back to the ground after going over bumps in the track surface. I tried to get the front to soak up the bumps by softening the compression, but that didn't work. The soft rebound really does the trick to get the tire back to the road. I don't notice the bounce back up you have mentioned due to the fact that I use the road race method more, and therefore, trailbrake a lot going into the corners. I seldom let the brake off abruptly enough to create the bounce effect.

If you are running 30 pounds of air in the tires,no wonder you went down. I have been running about 20 to 22 lbs in the Maxxis slicks I have on my bike. I have hardly had a wheel slip.

I am afraid that if I have the forks revalved or mess with the oil weight, the forks will be too stiff, and I will lose the feel I get from the front end the way it is right now. I would hate to spend a gob of money getting the forks done, only to find that they don't really suit my riding style.


Paul G
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