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Old 08-27-2006, 11:01 PM
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Every time I jump my '98 CR 250 the back end always comes up on me. So most of the time I am landing on the front wheel. What exactly do I need to adjust?? I have the sag set up right, but not sure of the adjusting screws.
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Old 08-28-2006, 06:02 AM
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First off welcome to ATM!

Their really is no patented answer to this problem, as it could be a combination of problems. However, start by adjusting your rebound on your shock.

Unless the 98 is different in the location of the rebound adjuster, it's located at the bottom of the shock on the right hand side (if you were sitting on the bike). You want to turn the clicker in or clockwise to slow it down.

I would suggest turning it 2 clicks clockwise to start, then go riding to see if you need to adjust more, or less.

good luck and let me know how you fair.
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Old 08-28-2006, 06:42 AM
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Go with what Woodward said and let us know if it helps out.

Just wondering, have you ever videoed or see yourself ride? I know a case where a rider experienced the same thing as you but it was due to his riding style. He didn't realise how close he was to the seat and how much he squatted over jumps.

This is probably not the case here, but it's always nice to see yourself ride and most of the time it's alot different from how we think we look.
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Old 08-28-2006, 02:42 PM
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Maybe I should video my self!! I am just starting to try and get some air off table tops, I just cruise over the doubles. I don't know if I am doing something wrong ( I don't really know what I am suppose to be doing! LOL) or the bike. How should I be approaching and leaving a jump? On throttle, goosing the throttle? Pulling up on bars? I am clueless. I rode an XL growing up and never tried to jump it very far. Now I bought MX bikes for me and my kids and we are learning together.
All I know is I land on the front wheel most the time. I don't know how I didn't go over the bars a few times! It scares the hell out of me. I just feels as if the back end is pushing up. I'll try the rebound adjustment and see what happens.
Does anyone know of a site that shows / explains the different settings on the '98 CR?
Thanks for the input guys
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Since you have a 2 stroke, the typical take off would be to accel up to the face then just coast off. It shouldn't be doing what you said it's doing. I would bet money it's probably the rebound on the rear shock, and I wouldn't be surprised if you end up going 4 or more clicks. Typically you would be leaned forward too, and I'd bet you are probably leaning back due to being a tad scared (don't worry we all do it), so it only makes the problem worse because it compresses the shock more, which allows it to rebound farther and faster (I know seems counter intuitive). But I wouldn't worry about that for now. Just get it set to it works for how you ride now, then once you are a lot more confortable, you can remove some of the rebound dampening.

Yeah doing a little endo action is NEVER fun

Are you looking for the settings for the suspension?
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Old 08-28-2006, 07:49 PM
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I need to know what all the little screws and nut adjusters on the shock and forks are for.
And if you know of a place to read up on how to go about adjusting them. I seen the one for setting sag. I just don't have any idea on all the little adjustments of the forks and shock.
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Old 08-29-2006, 12:25 AM
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have a look at this document.

It doesn't have pictures, but it has a lot of good information.

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Old 08-29-2006, 07:33 PM
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Thanks!! Thats a great help
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What you do when going off the jump can make a huge difference on how the bike responds in the air. There's no one right way of doing things, the ideal way will vary depending on the size/type of jump and rider ability. In general, you should be standing up and probably under power at least for starters. Going off under a bit more power will usually keep the front end higher, but will also make you go further. There are some jumps I coast off of and others I go off of at full throttle. It all depends on the situtation.
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