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Old 01-25-2004, 08:55 AM
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Default who is the authority on honda suspension tuning for the woods?

     

I am an advanced rider and do all my riding in the tight woods with the rocks, roots, and whoops. I have tinkered with the stock suspension on my 2000 cr500 to get it as good as can but that isn't good enough. I am 230 lbs and 6'2" tall so i probably need a spring change and some revalving. should I just use pro curcuit or is there a company that I don't know about that is better at setting up for the woods. These Newer KTM'S feel like a cadilac and I use twice as much energy to go just as fast and I refuse to leave honda after all these years.
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Old 01-25-2004, 09:29 AM
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Default Re: who is the authority on honda suspension tuning for the woods?

Stealhead,

The front spring rate on your bike is a 4.1 I would say 4.5 for strickly woods. the rear is a 5.6 and probably get away with it for strickly woods.
One thing on the shock is that the shock piston on this bike has a 32mm comp face shims instead of the 40mm the reb still uses the 36mm face shims. I really don"t know what Honda was up to with this type of setup.
You could try to find some one close to work with , it does have its benefits, you save in the cost of sending it back and down time, and most will work with you on a more personal basis.
Here are a few you could call
Trakcontrol
Mx-Tech

Russ

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Old 01-25-2004, 12:24 PM
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Default Re: who is the authority on honda suspension tuning for the woods?

Shocknut will be able to answer your question a lot more fully, and so did suspension nut but here's my go on it

cr500's are notorious for the "stinkbug effect" when you have super duper soft front suspension, but merely super soft rear suspension, making it squat in the front. anyway, you have probably toyed with the compression clickers, but with soft spring rates, all that does is make the forks transmit MORE shocks to your hands, while still able to bottom out hard. beleive it or not, a STIFFER spring rate will make your suspension plusher, because you dont have the compression damping jacked all the way up. a revalve would be beneficial too, and i'd suggest www.trakcontrol.com to do your work. Jeff Howe, the owner, goes by Shocknut here on ATM and his site will be able to answer most of your q's but you can also PM him too.

hope that helped and i didnt get TOO much stuff wrong good luck!

Rob
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Old 01-25-2004, 12:42 PM
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Default Re: who is the authority on honda suspension tuning for the woods?

The CR500 has very dated suspension. You are right, you will need springs and a revalve to bring it into the 21st century.

As others have said, www.trakcontrol.com
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