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Old 08-26-2003, 11:03 PM
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When you order, order from Shocknut. He is our resident Guru, and I'm surprised he hasn't poked his head in here already. Tell him your weight, year and make of bike, and what type of riding you do, and the level of rider you are (a,b,c,d), and he will suggest springs based off all that information.

You can email him at info@trakcontrol.com

I believe his prices are as good if not better than others, and the springs he uses are top notch.

Hope that helps.
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Old 08-27-2003, 11:29 AM
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Thanks, I'll email him and see what he says. Is it very hard to change springs??? I'm pretty mechanically inclined but haven't messed with any forks yet. The manual that came with the bike I think pretty much covers it's but any insight I can get I'm sure would help.

Having my subframe gusseted today (bent it last Saturday). Also got a new BBR sparky end cap I'm going to put on. Spring will be next.
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Old 08-27-2003, 07:24 PM
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I personally have not done it, but from what I understand it isn't that difficult. Their is another thread in here that talks about it.

Go check it out.
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Old 08-27-2003, 11:31 PM
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Well, I gotta set some things straight. I don't use Hypercoils springs yet. They don't make them for our bikes, though I have discussed this with them. I prefer to use, and recommend OEM springs. They are more expensive but I also feel they are better, not to mention lighter. MX Tech springs are what I have in stock now, or whats left of my inventory anyway.

How much free sag you have after setting your rider sag is an indicator of whether or not you need different rate shock spring. If you have your rider sag dialed to 95mm and you have no free sag (meaning the rear tops out under its own weight) then your spring is too light. Check that first before you buy new.

Measure your free sag after setting rider sag and report that back and we'll help you make a decision on springs. I have a hunch your gonna be close with the stockers.

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Old 08-27-2003, 11:56 PM
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I pretty sure that the rear shock does top out under it's own weight. I did turn it back a couple of turns so I'll have to check and make sure. I heard that on the 04 and maybe even the 03 model that the rear spring is stiffer than previous years. I think they said that my stock spring should be good up to about 190 lbs. or so. I'm about 225-230 so maybe I need a stiffer spring??
I'm thinking I need stiffer fork spring also, what do you think??? I ride both trial and track, prefer track. I'd say I was an intermediate rider, maybe closer to novice at the present since I just got back into riding after about 16 years away, but I'm progressing quickly.

I hear you are the suspension guru so any tips or words of advise would be highly appreciated.
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Default Re: CRF450 suspension tips??

hello. well, this is my first real post here. just adding my .02. not sure how many hours you have on the bike yet, but it takes time to break the suspension in. i'm no expert, but i'm guessing that after a month of good riding, it will feel a little more plush. sounds like you've taken care of the initial important things, and after she's good and broken in, you can go from there (springs, etc). just a thought! congrats on the new bike, and good luck!
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