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    RottenRob
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    by RottenRob » Fri Feb 17, 2006 5:15 pm

    Ken you going to throw down for a titanium spring? My vote will go to any top notch suspension company, rg3, factory conn, Race-tech etc.
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    crfsonly
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    by crfsonly » Fri Feb 17, 2006 5:17 pm

    i've never ridden with a Ti spring...not sure if they feel different but i'd look into it for sure.

    ken
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    Smash
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    by Smash » Fri Feb 17, 2006 5:17 pm

    Any reputable suspension company should work. The turn around time on my suspension was 3 days and they are only 30 minutes from Ken's place.
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    by whiteman » Fri Feb 17, 2006 8:14 pm

    Factory Connection also has that trick looking red spring which really looks good. I called to add it to mime but it was already on its way back. They were quick. Smashed has one.
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    by JoePezz » Fri Feb 17, 2006 8:33 pm

    RG3, Racetech, or Enzo.

    Pro Circuit and MB1 all good, but motocross is their element.
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    by nowazzu » Sun Feb 19, 2006 7:25 am

    crfsonly wrote:i'm in agreement with those recommending suspension work. the stock suspension is good but nothing compares to a tuned suspension. i've not used factory connection before...always used rg3 with great results.

    ken


    Whether it be RG3, Race Tech, Factory Connection or any other shop; the important thing is not so much just getting the correct spring rates, valving or bling, but finding a shop that understands the rider's abilities and type of riding to be done. Then, using that information, work with the rider on the correct setup. It should be an iterative process and not just a "slap it in and ride" deal. One of the best guys in the business to understand this is Mike Battista of MB1 suspension. The guy is a Showa guru like none other. He's worth a nod here.
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    crfsonly
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    by crfsonly » Sun Feb 19, 2006 8:00 am

    nowazzu makes a good point about mike and his showa background. he still has close ties there and has access to showa works parts and information. i don't fit the profile of a 180lb. rider (i'm 6'3" 230lbs) so the testing and tweaking of the suspension for that sized rider might be tough. these DR testers get enough bikes that aren't spot on for them and they'll tweak the adjusters to suit. the main thing as nawazzu mentions is valving and spring rates which any of the names mentioned here can handle.

    ken
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    crfsonly
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    by crfsonly » Sun Feb 19, 2006 8:01 am

    anyone used the rg3 rear lin? lots of the pros are using it for better hook up and softer action on squared off stuff? what do you think?

    ken
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    Roady
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    by Roady » Sun Feb 19, 2006 10:05 am

    Suspension is the very first item on my list of importance. While stock is good, you don't know what you are missing if you haven't had your suspension dialed in for your weight, style and type of riding.

    I'm really suprised at the absence of Pro Circuit on everyones list ... PC knows off road. They are far from a strictly track outfit. Very close to Ken and might be interested in the additional publicity of this magazine bike. Payton's background was off road. His injury was from desert racing, Cal City I think.

    Clearly I am the lone wolf here, but I have had them do several of my bikes and I have always been very pleased. Their work on my X is no different.
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    by crfsonly » Sun Feb 19, 2006 12:25 pm

    roady..you are right pc does great work as well. all of these companies would do a great job. i also agree that the suspension work is key.

    ken
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    by 04 crf450 » Mon Feb 20, 2006 6:25 am

    Total control suspension out of North Carolina, they do an awsome job.
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    by Smash » Mon Feb 20, 2006 4:19 pm

    whiteman wrote:Factory Connection also has that trick looking red spring which really looks good. I called to add it to mime but it was already on its way back. They were quick. Smashed has one.

    http://www.smashdata.com/crf450x/DSC00095.jpg

    I also have the red spring cup, red bearing spanner on the shock and the red oversized shock bladder. Definately skip the bladder as it does make some contact with the exhaust and makes excessive heat. I'm going to be taking it back to get the stock one installed. Also, the parts are available seperately if a decision is made to go to another company such as MB1.

    J
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    by 04 crf450 » Tue Feb 21, 2006 6:09 am

    dirt rider product of the year-AIR CELL fork air controll

    www.aircellracing.com
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