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Old 02-23-2012, 03:11 PM   #1
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Suspension Work

I've been told countless times that the best money spent on an offroad bike is getting the suspension set up properly.

What would it cost to get my suspension set up for my weight? EBR is local .. is there any other place anyone would recommend? I was also thinking of getting my bike lowered an inch. I have no problems riding as is, but i'd be nice to be able to get more foot contact down sometimes in the turns.

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Old 02-23-2012, 04:40 PM   #2
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EBR, Metric, J&M, Motorcycles Unlimited, and there are plenty more locally. EBR and J&M being the big shots for dirt here. Then we can explore the world of sending out your forks to ENZO, RG3, Pro Circuit, Factory Connection, and that list can go on and on.

You can also just go DIY style with the proper spring rates, and begin to experiment with clickers, fork oil weights, and fork oil levels. You can also re-valve the bike yourself with the racetech kits. Then you can play around with your own custom valving by shuffling shims around.
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I've recently had a few bad experiences with EBR, And if you not a sponsored bad racer expect to be waiting on your a while. Go with JM, youll be happy.
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Give me your opinion...

http://www.thumpertalk.com/topic/943...-spring-check/

change springs myself and try that first? or go and get it professionally done? or spring it myself and then wait and see and possibly pro tune it later? I'd just hate to have them tell me to respring it again in 6 mo.

Btw...someone has to teach me how to properly use these clickers and dial them in.
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As far as the clickers go, I put them to stock settings and just dedicated a full day to riding and adjusting each setting individually that way you can feel the effect each one has. By the end of the day I had them spot on.
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As far as the clickers go, I put them to stock settings and just dedicated a full day to riding and adjusting each setting individually that way you can feel the effect each one has. By the end of the day I had them spot on.
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Depends on what you ride more, the setting for each will vary but you should be able to find a good medium. Setting the race sag made the most difference IMO.
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I can't get my proper sag because the rear spring isn't stiff enough.
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new springs on their way! whoo hoo. Thanks to Cliff for the help. Looking forward to getting the bike properly sprung for my weight.
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so how did it go last night?

you get those springs swapped?
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I had JM suspension on my last MX race bike and was very happy with it. JM has always been hit and miss but they were a sponser on my old race team so that's what we used and mine came out great. Like EBR, JM is one of the big local people. Not sure if PWR is still in the mix but they did good work, too.

If i wasn't going to stay local, i'd send my suspension off the Factory Connection. A friend of mine did that and loved how it came out.
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Yup, I just couldn't bring myself to spend $700 on a full suspension job when it cost me less than $200 to respring it. I'll try this first and then if I need a revalve I'll take it somewhere. One thing at a time...
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part of that $700 would include the $200 that you have done yourself.
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I had JM racing on my yz250 and I wasn't very happy with how it came out. If you live on the north side of town he will keep messing with it until its right but I live in friendswood so i was pretty much stuck with tuning it myself and still only got an alright setup. On my CRF450 I have EBR and I really like how it is setup. But yes you have be a racer and someone they know to get the good treatment over there. Gravett I have only heard good things about but never tried them personally.

As far as doing it yourself. There are alot of tools you need that cost alot. You can get by with makeshift tools but unless you really know alot about suspension your not going to be able to get it setup near good enough for that smooth grippy feel that you'll need to haul on a rough track. I tried it myself before and I know a thing or 2. Its not easy and not worth it. Spend the money and it will make you alot better rider. Good suspension goes a long way
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part of that $700 would include the $200 that you have done yourself.
Ha! Your the one who suggested to do the respring myself
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Now if you want the re-valve, it should cost less. But you will at least know what direction you are going in just from springing. I think you went the right route. We should hit up the woods soon.
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