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Old 02-18-2009, 02:53 AM   #41
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well, i'll chime in with my limited experience with race suspensions...

on my old zx-10r i was running decently fast times around msr-h on the stock suspension. i then upgraded to ohlins forks and a prxls rear shock on the new zx-10r, i lost 5 seconds on my lap times after the switch. it took HOURS of tuning and experimenting to get them dialed in properly. once i did get it dialed in though, i dropped 3 seconds off my best time.

so what am i saying? stock suspensions are very compliant and work well at various settings. race suspensions work much better, but their margin for error is MUCH narrower. when they're setup right, they're a dream, but if your settings are off it's like trying to ride a bull. they're much more sensitive to settings than most stock setups are.

just my 2 cents.
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Old 02-18-2009, 10:03 AM   #42
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so what was your best time around MSRH to give you the experience you needed to setup your suspensions?
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Old 02-18-2009, 10:32 PM   #43
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The only time I feel im maxing out my suspension is turn 1 at TWS (Texas World Speedway). But other then that it feels OK.

So at my weight you think stock suspension is race ready?
I'm 137lbs clean and 165 with gear on my RC51...

Get yer'self a big ol' fat PiG like mine and the bumps through the turns will settle down just fine. She's fat but stable! Unfortunately the bike will take 37 seconds off your current lap times...

(I know... I'm no help...)

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Old 02-18-2009, 10:37 PM   #44
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The best you know is the best you've ridden on.....

Riding on stock suspension is having to deal with the manufacturers compromise.
Riding on aftermarket suspension built, sprung and valved for your weight, riding style and tires makes a difference that has to be ridden to be understood.

I've yet to meet or hear of a racer with a properly built suspension that said "stock was better."

My 2 cents, YMMV.
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