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Old 18-11-2008
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Ordered today 4.8's for the forks and a 56 for the rear. This is as per the race tech website. A prime physical example like myself doesn't need to lose weight and the beer acts like balast, so i will definately be getter faster. woo hoo.
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Old 19-11-2008
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I put 0.46 in my forks and they feel very nice and have the right amount of sag for my weight (78kg). The rear 5.4 is too heavy for me though. I have it set with 35mm static and 90mm race. So just a little off.
Hopefully this won't effect the great traction the bike used to get, if it does guess i'll just have to go back to a 5.2.

Does anyone know if springs sag or settle? My old spring was about 5mm shorter than my new spring.
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Old 20-11-2008
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Yes the new new spring will settle after a few rides, just reset the sag.
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With the standard set up of the KLX 450 what max weight rider does it suit before you would consider mods ??

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Old 20-11-2008
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I'd guess 75-85 kg max suited up. I think the valving is the major issue. Soaks up small hits excellent and doesn't deflect or kick but on the bigger stuff it blows through its mid stroke.
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Old 23-11-2008
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Very happy with my new spring rates, they haven't ruined any of the bikes great features. It feels pretty much the same. The suspension is still very soft on general trail litter. I thought it may have started to deflect and bounce around instead of soak, but it still just eats it up.
The biggest difference is when landing erosion mounds and dropping off things it seemed to have more bottoming resistance, but i did increase the oil level in my forks to 350ml so that could be the cause.
I could also pre-load the bike better when i wanted to jump or bounce up and over things.
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Old 23-11-2008
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Ordered today 4.8's for the forks and a 56 for the rear. This is as per the race tech website. A prime physical example like myself doesn't need to lose weight and the beer acts like balast, so i will definately be getter faster. woo hoo.
Having the correct springs to suit your weight is correct and much better as it lets you back off your clickers a bit as the springs are sitting in the correct part of the stroke ,if your sag is correct , if your springs are to light you generally up the compression and rebound to adjust for what your springs should be doing , you will probly have to back the clickers off now which should give you a plusher ride .Also bike will handle your full tank better .
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Having the correct springs to suit your weight is correct and much better as it lets you back off your clickers a bit as the springs are sitting in the correct part of the stroke ,if your sag is correct , if your springs are to light you generally up the compression and rebound to adjust for what your springs should be doing , you will probly have to back the clickers off now which should give you a plusher ride .Also bike will handle your full tank better .
Going from softer springs to heavier,
I can't see how you can back the rebound off at all,
a heavier spring will store more energy,
therefore requiring more rebound control,

I'll agree the compression clickers could possibly be relaxed a touch.
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Old 23-11-2008
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Going from softer springs to heavier,
I can't see how you can back the rebound off at all,
a heavier spring will store more energy,
therefore requiring more rebound control,

I'll agree the compression clickers could possibly be relaxed a touch.
yep i could be wrong , but if your to soft in the compression stroke you could mistakingly up the rebound trying to correct a lack of compression , as adding rebound also has an effect on compression .

Put it this way you have to soft a spring so you add more compression , once you add to much compression it gets harsh ,so you back off some compression , so you frig around with rebound to get your ride plush .

Installing new heavier springs you will need to adjust compression and rebound again to suit the new springs .Thats basically what i ment the setting you are using now will most probly change , for the better .
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Sorry, It's been a little while for me...

Choice did mine. According to Anthony (at Choice) the KLX is the lowest rated rider weight bike (that class) on the market. Factory suspension is good for about a 70kg rider with gear.

I don't recall the actual springs but will inquire if you wish although you seem to have it sorted.
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