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1603 final

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10 TIPS TO MAKE YOUR SUSPENSION WORK BETTER You can have the best suspension in the world but if you don’t maintain it or understand how it works it’s not worth much. Before your next ride follow these few simple tips to improve your suspension and get the most out of your bike. Tyre Pressure - Begin by making sure your bike has the proper tyre pressure so it will handle it’s best. A bike with too much air in the tyres will be harsh and deflect off obstacles while an under inflated tire will distort under load and not give good rider feedback. Use 11- 13 psi for motocross and 13-14 psi or more for off-road to prevent flats. Heavy tubes and mousses will greatly affect your bikes suspension so aim for the lightest possible set up you can without risking punctures. An 18” rear wheel also has more rider comfort than a 19”. Proper Spring Rate and Sag - Your springs hold up the rider and bike so make sure you have the proper rate spring in your bike. Most bikes work best with 95-115mm of sag when the rider is on the bike. Once you have the rider sag, check the static sag of the bike without the rider. Static Sag should range between 25- 45mm. If the static sag is less than 25mm you need a stiffer spring and if it is greater than 45mm you need a softer spring. Install your front wheel correctly - Install your front wheel squarely with the forks before tightening the axle pinch bolts and axle nut. Improper installation will cause the forks to bind and wear quickly. Begin by tightening your axle nut first then torque the left side axle pinch bolts to spec. Make sure your right fork leg will slide easily along the axle before tightening. Compress the fork to set the leg and tighten the right pinch bolts when you are sure the fork leg is not binding and in it’s natural position. Use a torque wrench - Never over-tighten the triple clamp bolts because the fork tubes are very thin and will distort easily. Check your owners manual for the proper torque spec. Your fork bushings travel past the lower triple clamp mount and can bind if the clamp is overtightened and cause the fork to be harsh. Be sure both fork tubes are mounted at the same height. You can also vary your bikes turning and stability by raising and lowering the forks in the triple clamps. 34 DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE MARCH 2016 1603 DT Suspension.indd 34 2016/02/21 11:49 AM

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