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11/13/2017 6:13 AM

I just picked up a brand new left over crf 450 and when I was riding it the forks felt very harsh. Is this because they haven’t been broken in yet or is this how air forks are. I’ve never felt with air forks before.

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Seven1duecE

11/13/2017 6:25 AM

seven1two wrote:

I just picked up a brand new left over crf 450 and when I was riding it the forks felt very harsh. Is this because they haven’t been broken in yet or is this how air forks are. I’ve never felt with air forks before.

How much do you weigh ? Have you set the sag ? The forks are sensitive to air pressure so maybe drop the psi by one or two and see how they feel. I have a 2016 as well and honestly the forks kinda suck compared to spring forks but I am 52 years old and for my speed they make do.

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11/13/2017 6:37 AM

seven1two wrote:

I just picked up a brand new left over crf 450 and when I was riding it the forks felt very harsh. Is this because they haven’t been broken in yet or is this how air forks are. I’ve never felt with air forks before.

Fyi, also. Their is a recall on 15-16 crf 450.

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11/13/2017 6:49 AM

Thanks for the input. Yeah the dealership already replaced the parts before I got it.

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Seven1duecE

11/13/2017 6:54 AM

seven1two wrote:

Thanks for the input. Yeah the dealership already replaced the parts before I got it.

No problem, glad it was done.

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11/13/2017 10:56 AM

THIS is a must have item. 1 PSI makes a difference.
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11/13/2017 12:57 PM

Buy a non digital gauge 0-60 psi more accurate and also manufacturer recommend.
Would suggest buying a Progressive Suspension compact pump part #GP3-60 RockyMountain has them for just under $50 dollars I think? Or whomever your preferred parts vendor should have it.
Set and check your forks at the recommended 35psi every time you ride.
Would also suggest trying 3-4 clicks out on compression *stock should be 11* should help with the harshness.
Set your sag around 105mm
Get some seat time on the bike, play with the clickers, then send it out to get revalved so you can give whomever some solid rider feed back and they can adjust it per your needs.
Also when you decide to have the suspension revalved - ship your steering stabilizer along with it - well worth the extra few bucks, RaceTech makes a goldvalve kit for it as well.

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