Front fork springs - which ones?

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Front fork springs - which ones?

Post by DeSoto Flyer » 10:32 pm Apr 26 2008

Considering stronger fork springs. 180 lbs riding single track trails, and some hare scrambles. Not overly aggressive riding, but definitely not a slow poke. Called Race tech and they recommended a .44, but that seems like too much. Looking for recommendations, please.

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Post by 2001kdx » 07:22 am Apr 27 2008

.42

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Post by hart125 » 04:15 pm Apr 30 2008

I say .38 or .40.. frp normally goes a little less on spring rate and a little stronger on valving.. racetech goes a little stronger on springs and lighter on valving.. both are heading the same direction just how to get there. if you were going to do the 2 shim removal mayb I would go .40 or .42

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Post by Indawoods » 04:24 pm Apr 30 2008

I would go .40 at 180.

I have .42's and I am at 200 and it is stiff.
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Post by xagentman » 05:33 pm Apr 30 2008

I would go .42

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Post by DeSoto Flyer » 07:33 pm Apr 30 2008

Thanks for all the advice! I really enjoy the feedback and info on this site. Whoever set it up, you are my hero.
Dealer had some RaceTech .40's, so I went with those. Rode today, and it was a HUGE inprovement! The ruts that were jarring the crap out of me before, were no factor today. Might need stiffer (springs, that is) if I was gonna do some MX track stuff, but then I would need a different bike, too.

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Post by cleoent » 01:34 pm May 01 2008

remove two shims from your fork valve, best mod i've done yet! THen you'll really feel a difference!
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Post by kawagumby » 09:11 pm May 01 2008

Removing shims is good for some stuff but not for others. Not having enough compression damping on rough downhills can cause control problems, for example. If you find you never need to run the higher compression settings and the lowest settings are still too stiff, then you might want to experiment. I'm not saying reducing shims is a bad idea, just pointing out that there should be some reason for changing the stack first, as the range of adjustment will be less than before.

Most younger riders find that as they become more experienced they tend to gradually crank up compression settings.
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