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Old 02-25-2015, 06:20 PM
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So earlier in the winter I applied to a sponsorship program through FCR Suspension out of Ohio and I got accepted and they have given me 50% off labor and 15% off works parts. Yesterday I skipped school and drove my bike down and dropped it off to get completely resprung and revolved, the whole works. I have been riding stock suspension at 135lbs. What can I expect out of this new suspension? I'm hoping it helps reduce arm pump which is the biggest thing holding me back. Needless to say I'm pumped to get on the track. My local indoor track is about 40 mins from the suspension shop so I am going to take it straight over after picking it up.
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Old 02-25-2015, 09:12 PM
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Springs are a vital part of any properly setup suspension, that alone and correctly set sag numbers ( rider sag/bike sag ) and you'll notice the difference. Make sure you get them to set the sag with you when you pick up your bike ( any decent shop should do this IMO ).
Valving is trial and error sometimes and go in with an open mind, springs will ensure your utilising the suspension travel and keeping the front and rear of the bike balanced. Don't go for the 'soft' valving but rather look for a 'stiffer' setting to start you off... Too soft and you'll find that the faster you ride the more unsafe you'll feel with the soft valving. A stiffer setting will feel much better at speed and will be good for large jumps and handle successive bumps better.

Your arm pump issue could be related to poor setup however I beleive your issue is more a riding technique than a suspension issue.... Remember to grip tight from the anvils through to the knees right on the airbox portion of the frame.
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Old 02-26-2015, 01:22 PM
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Yeah we will pick it up and get all the clickers set there and take it straight to the track. They made me pick between plush and firm and I told them more towards the plush end because I'm sick of rock solid suspension
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Old 02-27-2015, 04:56 PM
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To me I'd rather have better suspension than a faster motor. Valving isn't so much of a shot in the dark anymore if you have a good shop that invested in a shock dyno. Dyno shock and forks before to see the comp/ rebound curve and valve off of that then run it on the dyno again. I have a buddy who owns a big shop doing suspension for MX and ama superbikes. The dyno is a critical tool these days so I'm told.
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Old 02-27-2015, 05:57 PM
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Yeah we will pick it up and get all the clickers set there and take it straight to the track. They made me pick between plush and firm and I told them more towards the plush end because I'm sick of rock solid suspension
On the contrary, too plush and you'll fine it vague on the big hits.... See how you go with plush
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Old 02-27-2015, 08:16 PM
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Either way, better than stock
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Old 02-28-2015, 01:30 AM
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You are defiantly heading in the right direction.

In my opinion, suspension should be the first thing you do to a new bike you acquire. Forget the Factory exhaust systems and prototype aftermarket power bands and get your springy thingys dialled in to your unique size and weight. It will give you the confidence to ride faster and harder and confidence is the key to success.

However as Steve mentioned, don't be fooled into thinking that every issue you encounter whilst riding is down to bike setup. 9 times out of 10 it is due to your riding technique fading slightly or having the incorrect technique to begin with. It is something we all struggle with as its far easier to throw spanners at and blame the bike than to tell yourself to "step yo game up".
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Old 02-28-2015, 07:49 AM
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Thanks for the advice, I know I need to work on using my legs more. I just need to get more time on the bike
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Old 02-28-2015, 07:52 AM
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Time on the bike and off bike training... Not to deviate from the original topic but get into some good exercise during the week...
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Old 03-01-2015, 02:41 PM
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Last week was my first week of t25 which is brutal but I need the cardio and core work
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Old 03-02-2015, 12:03 AM
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i found this for arm pump its called vibranator at vibranator.com. it goes in the end of each side of bars it works by tightening down in side the bars R and L side.it takes out the vibration. me i can ride longer with it end than i could before i installed. U OUGHT TO CHECK IT OUT . vibranator.com
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Old 03-02-2015, 10:44 AM
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I myself have been thinking about getting my suspension done in spring. I know a guy in MI not to far from me that is a suspension master! Either that or put my money towards a new car! Decision's, decision's...
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Old 03-02-2015, 03:51 PM
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Go with the suspension, I don't even have a car yet!
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