Suspension, who and why?

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12/17/2020 2:04 AM

So who does your suspension valving/set up and why did you choose to use that particular person/company?

No hate on anyone please, just want to see what y'all use.

I've used a few different places all with positive results.

Tech Care which is now TCD
MCR
Pro Curcuit
And now Factory Connection

Tech care and MCR because they were local and I know them. Race with them.

Pro Curcuit came on a bike I bought from a friend who is same height/weight and ability as me so I left it alone. I'll say I've had a better feeling set up but overall worked with no issues over that it was just a little more harsh than I like.

Now Factory Connection, tried them based on their reputation and I'm pleased with it. Has a nice plush feel and holds up well in the rough. I'll be sticking with them for a long time, cost more but worth it.

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12/17/2020 2:42 AM

Only rode stock suspension for the longest time. Tried FC for my 19 250R. Solid setup, better than stock and is comfortable. I think ill try someone else on my next bike

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Gone:
2006 CRF230F
2008 KTM 200 XC
2017 KTM 250 SX
2019 CRF250R
Current: 2021 YZ250F

12/17/2020 3:31 AM

I’ve used FC on my last three bikes. Always been happy but they’re getting stupid expensive anymore. I think it was around $1600 for my TC250. Just to service my forks and shock (it’s been two years since they did them) I was quoted $800. They do good work but for a vet b rider, I think I’ll explore other options.

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12/17/2020 3:45 AM
Edited Date/Time: 12/17/2020 3:46 AM

cwel11 wrote:

I’ve used FC on my last three bikes. Always been happy but they’re getting stupid expensive anymore. I think it was around ...more

I use FC as well. I weigh 152 so every bike I get I need my suspension done. Getting ready to send off my 21 KX 250 suspension next week. Love their customer service.

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12/17/2020 4:56 AM

cwel11 wrote:

I’ve used FC on my last three bikes. Always been happy but they’re getting stupid expensive anymore. I think it was around ...more

800 bucks for a normal suspension service? Business must be good.

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Current fleet of two wheeled vehicles:
- KTM SX 250 2020
- Suzuki GSX-R 600 K7 track spec
- Canyon Sender CF 8.0 2018 Downhill
- Canyon Spectral:ON 7.0 2019 EMTB
- White GX Pro 20 Gravel

12/17/2020 6:08 AM

Basically you have two choices, send it off to a big time company with a great reputation. There are many to choose from, I would recommend RaceTech. Your second choice is to go local and save the shipping and hopefully your local guy can provide you some on track assistance. We frequently meet customers to help them dial in new builds. We offer RaceTech products and suggest them but when the budget isn't there any good shop should be able to valve your suspension for a more personalized feel. Just do some research and talk to people at your track, I bet one or two shops stand above the rest! Good luck!!

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2020 YZ450F
2018 KTM 450SXF FE
2016 YZ250F 2008 CRF450R
2015 YZ250F 2008 CRF250R
2001 CR250R
2010 YZ250 2012 CRF150R
2009 YZ125 2010 KX109.5
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12/17/2020 6:21 AM

Just dropped mine off at MCR on Tuesday so we will see how Matt does.

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12/17/2020 6:28 AM

Evo industries. He always nails the set up, regardless of brand. He nailed it on an Italian 04 husky, yamahas, Tm, Suzuki with the bfrc shock.

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12/17/2020 6:48 AM

I used Factory Connection on my last bike, partially because they were only a mile from my house. Was happy with it. My new to me bike has suspension already set up for my weight and riding by Solid Performance and it works great.

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12/17/2020 7:14 AM

Roth racing

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12/17/2020 7:37 AM

When we moved up to the 450 about 9 months ago we bought a 19' YZF450 from Chase Marquier. This was the first time we had access to a pro rider setup and my son absolutely loved it. It was Merge Suspension.

We just bought a 21' crf450 and we just sent it off to Merge and said just put Marquier's setup in it

It wouldn't hurt to consult with Merge and see what they say

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12/17/2020 7:59 AM

I personally like using a local suspension shop. Shipping your suspension is stupid expensive! A local shop knows the local conditions that the big companies do not know. If your not happy you can always take it back and hand it over to them.

I like Privateer Connection in Rock Hill SC that’s 20 minutes away

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12/17/2020 8:17 AM

Warren at EnduroSpec does fantastic work. He’s local to Colorado, sponsor of the series I race, and he won’t over sell you on shit you don’t need. What I like most is he rides/races the same stuff we do, he also is a damn good desert racer as well. Very knowledgeable on all brands, he listens to what you’re feeling, what you’re looking for, and makes a suggestion on what to do.

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12/17/2020 8:32 AM

I wish there was a damn textbook just on every piece of suspension.

I sometimes wonder why factory mechanics don’t write a technical manual with a story as well after their careers. I’d buy it.

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GP740
Since 1987

12/17/2020 8:42 AM

Used Devol for years. I could literally bolt it on, check sag and, it was perfect.

Used RG3, asked for the same set up. Had to set sag (no biggie) then had to adjust the clickers. Still not confidence inspiring.

Wishing Devol still did suspension. Thankfully, I still own the bike they did the work on.

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12/17/2020 8:51 AM

GeorgiePorgie wrote:

I wish there was a damn textbook just on every piece of suspension.

I sometimes wonder why factory mechanics don’t write a ...more

There is it’s called the Race Tech suspension bible

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12/17/2020 9:24 AM

cwel11 wrote:

I’ve used FC on my last three bikes. Always been happy but they’re getting stupid expensive anymore. I think it was around ...more

Parts must have been replaced for it to be that expensive

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12/17/2020 9:59 AM

Chance1216 wrote:

Used Devol for years. I could literally bolt it on, check sag and, it was perfect.

Used RG3, asked for the same set up. Had ...more

The more you use a suspension tech the more familiar they get with the settings you like.

It depends on the bike also. I only take my KTM suspension to people who specialize in WP suspension. Everyone says they will do it and can, but they may not be dialed in on it. I have KREFT on one bike and AEO just did my 21. AEO did an amazing job on the first try, just small adjustments as it broke in. On the other hand, I would use ENZO if I had a yz.

Personally I avoid racetech. They have terrible customer service and just focus on riders weight. If you are going to spend 2K-8K on suspension a company should give you the time of day. When working with AEO and KREFT I sat on the phone for about and hour, to discuss what I felf on the bike, what I want out of the suspension, etc.

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12/17/2020 10:44 AM

This time around I went with Graeme Brough. I read a lot of good reviews about him on here, so I decided to give him a call. The first time speaking with him I was on the phone for probably an hour. The guy is super friendly and full of knowledge, never trying to sell you something that you don’t need. The suspension is absolutely amazing, anytime I’m at the track and have a question I give him a call and he walks me through what adjustments I need to make.

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12/17/2020 10:59 AM

Burnett84 wrote:

This time around I went with Graeme Brough. I read a lot of good reviews about him on here, so I decided to give him a call. ...more

+1 on Graeme. Doesn't up-sell you on anything you don't need and his work is second to none. He's kind of a best kept secret...but not really a secret.

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12/17/2020 11:34 AM

Chance1216 wrote:

Used Devol for years. I could literally bolt it on, check sag and, it was perfect.

Used RG3, asked for the same set up. Had ...more

PlainEnvelopes wrote:

The more you use a suspension tech the more familiar they get with the settings you like.

It depends on the bike also. I only ...more

He actually nailed everything the first time around. I gave him the location and, all pertinent information. In a few days I picked up my suspension and bolted it on. Right away, I was blown away. As previously mentioned, I didn’t even have to adjust the sag. Went out, it was predictable and confidence inspiring. No adjusting clickers. Nothing. To me, that’s tough to beat.

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12/17/2020 12:11 PM

Art of war. Mooresville Nc

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IG @jaredkeller96

12/17/2020 12:18 PM

I use N2Dirt Suspension here in SoCal. Brian is a good guy, will meet you at the track to help with set up and even tolerates my stupid questions. That alone has to be worth something....

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human/kind ... be both

12/17/2020 12:46 PM

It depends. For a Yamaha i would probably go with Enzo. Honda/ Kawi would be Factory Connection. I feel like the suspension builder with the largest population of riders giving feedback has the advantage.

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12/17/2020 12:55 PM

My suspension tech was the first person I crossed paths with at local track and had a few conversations afterwards and he earned my business. He rides and tryouts his own builds as well. He is the race tech service center for Florida.

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12/17/2020 1:00 PM

Sent my YZ250 suspension to Noleen after riding my buddies YZ125 they did. His bike felt amazing so I naturally wanted that for mine. They did good with mine and I’m happy with it. Same friend sent his other three bikes (YZ450F, 250F and 250 smoker) to TCD in Michigan. After riding those three bikes and loving they way they are I’ll be sending my YZ250 and YZ250F to them. Helps out a lot that they are only a short 3hr drive from us in Ohio. Prices were fair and Dave was super helpful if he called with setup questions

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2011 Yamaha YZ 250 -MX
1996 Yamaha Banshee 350 -Trails
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12/17/2020 1:26 PM

SGB Racing in Maryland

Not only are the coatings Jason does badass, they use all Race Tech components with their suspension builds. You get all of your stock parts down the shim stacks back, so it proves that they are actually setting the bike up to your specs. I have gotten 3 sets of suspension done by SGB, a CRF250, CRF450, and KX450. I set the sag to what Jason recommended and never touched a clicker. I'm a 38yr old retired "A" rider who was very picky in my day (and still am). I explained what I wanted and it came back performing great and looking sick. Highly recommend.

sgb-racing.com

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12/17/2020 2:06 PM

Brian @ N2Dirt in Canyon Country, CA. He is a racer himself and also offers trackside testing/adjustments as well. I have taken my last couple bikes to him and I have always had a GREAT experience with him. Referred a few people to him w/ similar feedback as well.

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12/17/2020 2:17 PM

Always just leave mine with stock valving. I have never had a bike revalved. I'd like to try it to see what I am missing out on but always just adapted to the settings that the bikes came with.

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12/17/2020 2:20 PM

A lot of people praise and seem very happy with FC, but there’s no way I’d ever pay their prices. Local tuners for me

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