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post #1 of 24 Old 08-20-2006, 04:50 PM Thread Starter
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Confused on suspension change

Ok....Thanks to niklasinorr, I changed my suspension. I added a 5mm spacer to the rear shock and dropped the front 8mm, we didnt have a stand and wanted to drop it at 5mm, when I get a stand will move it to 5mm. I also stiffened the preload to almost full because of my weight. Anywho...the bike turns alot better now. It still is not what I want but closer. What I am really confused over is that I thought making this change would make it harder to wheelie. It is the opposite, front end just wants to rise in 1st and 2nd. Why would this happen?
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With the rear higher, you can get a better "bite" on acceleration. This will cause more of a shift in weight to the rear and bring the front up easier.
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It is the opposite, front end just wants to rise in 1st and 2nd. Why would this happen?
The bike is mad that you made such extreme changes to it without setting the sag and it's trying to throw you off.
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My thoughts are that raising the rear ride height AND lowering the front ride height are too much in combination.

Do you know the steering feel that you are looking for? I want a "neutral" feel - if I set a given lean angle I want it to feel like I could take my hands off the bars and it would keep that lean angle without further input ... no need to hold it down, no need to stop it from leaning too far.

If you are playing with steering geometry and you are using worn or flat-spot-in-middle tires, you are going to be chasing your tail on this one.


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My thoughts are that raising the rear ride height AND lowering the front ride height are too much in combination.

Do you know the steering feel that you are looking for? I want a "neutral" feel - if I set a given lean angle I want it to feel like I could take my hands off the bars and it would keep that lean angle without further input ... no need to hold it down, no need to stop it from leaning too far.

If you are playing with steering geometry and you are using worn or flat-spot-in-middle tires, you are going to be chasing your tail on this one.
Yes, I want it to steer like you say, neautral. I have been fighting the steering since I bought it. If I cant get this to turn like I want then I might be getting rid of my 10.
Any help would be greatly appreciated....
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The bike is mad that you made such extreme changes to it without setting the sag and it's trying to throw you off.
You are full of Gibber Jabber
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whats your suited weight that you have near full preload dialed in??

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whats your suited weight that you have near full preload dialed in??

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+1 and get your sag set first for sure and then go from there
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whats your suited weight that you have near full preload dialed in??

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Tipping the scales at about 225 right now riding.
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Tipping the scales at about 225 right now riding.
Mmm dare i say the fork springs need replacing and if your ok with spending $$$ on the 10 so that it performs to your liking then an aftermarket shock is necessary as well.

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