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Old 01-02-2004, 04:33 PM
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Hia, I need help with my suspension... Ive never dared to try messing with it cuz i might screw it up... I have an 01 RM 250, I weigh about 133lb without my gear ( dunno how much with it) and my suspension seems to be too soft. I dont know what the current settings on it are but it bottoms on front ( on big hard landing jumps) and I think the rear is a bit soft too. Any advice would be appreciated .. thx
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Old 01-02-2004, 04:58 PM
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Start by clicking the compression on the front and back in 2 clicks each and see what that does for you.
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Old 01-02-2004, 05:57 PM
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Hey glad to see you around again Miguel!!!

Woody is right try turning the compression clickers in 2 at a time, and see if that helps.
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Old 01-02-2004, 06:22 PM
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Oh one more thing. If you think the front is more soft then the rear, go 2 on the front first, ride it and then go from there.
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Old 01-02-2004, 06:57 PM
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Miguel,

First off I would try what Woody and Motoman have suggested,
If that doesn't work, and it still seems soft you might be in dire need of a service, depending on the time frame of your last service. You will be so surprised of what fresh oil will do.
As far as the adjusters. If you have messed with them and really don't know where your at as far as settings I would start in the middle and go from there as stated earlier.

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Old 01-02-2004, 07:15 PM
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One other thing. I can understand your not wanting to mess with them as they seem like they are some sort of safe lock or something, and if you change it and don't like it, you won't get it back. However, they are pretty basic. What I would suggest before making any adjustments it to take click them all the way in while counting the clicks, when it's all the way in (clockwise) it will stop, DO NOT FORCE IT. When they stop, they are done.

Do that on both sides just to see where you are at, and just to make sure they are both adjusted the same amount (you would be amazed how many are 1 - 2 clicks off from the other. Write this number down as your original setting. Then if you change it and it gets worse, you can go back to the original setting.

Anyway, now click them back out that same # of clicks, then adjust and ride, adjust and ride, etc, until you get them where you want them.

The more you learn about your clickers and what they actually do, the more you will adjust them. At least I do. I change them all the time depending on the track conditions or if I don't like what it's doing.

Good luck.
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Old 01-13-2004, 06:25 PM
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Thanks guys, I Think this should help out a lot.. just havnt done it yet cuz I was in the states, had tons of fun, went to miami, tampa, and orlando. Went to most of the theme parks and got on the craziest rides, plus I did some indoor skydiving, SICK stuff ( ( yeah that wind tunnel with the giant fan at the bottom, in case you dont know what im taling about). Plus I got some new Tech 6 boots for $200 : , sweet deal huh, they were on special at Palmetto. Only thing that put me down was that the day we left tommy clowers and jeff titlton had a demo at UNIVERSAL, so i missed it.

Back on topic again... On the KYB forks, ( the ones on the 01 rm) which is the compression, top or bottom? top has the letters H and S. Oh and on hte rear which should I change, its got two on top, i dont know which is the high comp. or the low compression.?
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Old 01-13-2004, 06:41 PM
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On the KYB's the top on the front is rebound and bottom is compression.

On the rear, the high speed should be the big nut, and the low speed should be the screw in the middle.

Rebound should be on teh bottom.
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Old 01-13-2004, 08:01 PM
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another good place to start is to check your sag. then go to the clickers by starting with stock settings. if you do not know, start in the middle and go from there. if your landing hard off jumps you may actually be to stiff. check and see if you are useing all your travel.
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Wow, that indoor skydiving sounds sweet man, I gotta check that out.
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Old 01-25-2004, 12:52 PM
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I checked the settings and now Im just confused... The compression on the forks is set at 5 clicks out, the comp on the rear is one click out. Yet I feel like it bottoms on hard landings. Is it possible that Im just using a bit of travel and when I reach the end it gets so hard it feels like it bottoms? I havent checked the high speed comp yet.
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Old 01-25-2004, 01:43 PM
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are you trying to tune it for FMX ?
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Old 01-25-2004, 03:54 PM
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take a Zip tie, and wrap it around the chrome tube of one of your fork tubes, right where your outer cartriges end. then, jump the jump you're bottoming harshly on, and then look how far down the zip tie was pushed. that will tell you if you just have your compression clicked too much or if you really are bottoming out.

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Old 01-26-2004, 02:29 PM
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Nope, Im not trying to get it for fmx, I ride at mx tracks most of the time and do tricks of whatever jumps I like. Thanks blitz, great idea, Ill try that, Ill post results.
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whatever you do dont mnake the mistake i did... that little thing on the botton of the cylender where the air goes in.... DONT hook a big air compressor up to it i had to get my shock totally rebuilt by white bro's and it took about 3 months... it sucked
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Old 01-31-2004, 10:19 PM
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describe what happened. I would love to hear about it.
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Notice his location , North of the Mason-Dixon line.

Why 3 months , parts not available?
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