525 '03 SX, Straightline stability!

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8/26/2018 3:08 AM

After riding my 525SX '03 I feel its lacking alot of straightline stability, however all I can compare with is my Husqvarna CR390 from 1980, which has the steeringstem angle of a chopper.

Can I do anything besides adding a steering damper? They're too expensive for what I want to commit at the moment at 500 USD.

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8/26/2018 8:48 AM
Edited Date/Time: 8/26/2018 8:49 AM

You can add more sag in the rear and or lower the forks in the triple clamp. Both of these will increase the rake angle of the forks and make it more stable, but you will lesson some turning abilities.
Is the bike sprung correctly for you?

Paw Paw

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8/26/2018 9:18 AM

Get a variable rate shock spring, tune the shock. And, you can also lower the shock internally we used to do that on the early pds models. Helps to settle rear end.

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Livin' the dream, two wheels at a time!

8/26/2018 10:09 AM

m21racing wrote:

Get a variable rate shock spring, tune the shock. And, you can also lower the shock internally we used to do that on the early ...more

Just to shorten the overall length of the shock?

I'd love to find the spring, do you have a name?

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8/26/2018 10:24 AM
Edited Date/Time: 8/26/2018 10:29 AM

CSR suspension in Indiana has some good springs.

Not too much in shortening length of shock. also the early pds needles were swapped out by some as well. Its been a while since I've done one, but csr could give you some options.

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Livin' the dream, two wheels at a time!

8/26/2018 10:27 AM

m21racing wrote:

CSR suspension in Indiana has some good springs.

Not too much in shortening length of shock. also the early pds needles were ...more

Unfortunately I'm located in Europe ?

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8/26/2018 1:15 PM

m21racing wrote:

CSR suspension in Indiana has some good springs.

Not too much in shortening length of shock. also the early pds needles were ...more

Lasse wrote:

Unfortunately I'm located in Europe ?

Ring up KAS suspension in England, or Flow suspension in Germany. Both friends of mine

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Livin' the dream, two wheels at a time!

8/26/2018 1:20 PM

Great info, thanks!

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8/27/2018 1:08 PM
Edited Date/Time: 8/27/2018 1:09 PM

Tighten down the lower steering stem nut. A little adjustment will make a big difference. I had the same problem on my 07 cr250 and I set it to where the clamps will move feely, but won't fall into the steering stop when its on the stand and you just slightly move them.

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