Racetech vs factory connection

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8/7/2017 8:12 PM

2016yz250 stock springs and has been revalved once with the stock stuff by a friend, but i have gotten a great deal faster since then, my suspension works pretty good, but im having an issue with harshness on any landing that isnt perfect, and bottoming if i jump to flat or case. I have stock springs, weigh 170 plus gear so prob 180..looking for advice and also Wondering if anyone has tried both race tech and factory connection, or even pr2, and which was better for them and why? i understand race tech has their gold valves and different springs, and fc will most likely just revalve it with stock stuff and maybe change spring rate up or down and valve accordingly? No idea where i should be on springs either

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8/8/2017 3:07 AM

I have FC on my bike at the moment, but if I was to do it again I would go with RaceTech. FC isn't bad by any means, but I feel they aren't perfect,

RaceTech has a calculator on their website to find out an appropriate spring rate for you, taking into account weight and riding style.

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If you're not mixing gas, you're not haulin ass.

8/8/2017 7:49 AM

I would definitely use racetech for the spring. They have a simple calculator to figure your rate and you can even find the one you need on ebay for a few bucks less sometimes. As far as valving goes, I've never used the gold personally or any valving for that matter, but a mechanic friend of mine said they're not that great and chooses to send his stuff out to Total Connection here in NC instead.

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8/8/2017 9:10 AM

I got on here to inquire about the RaceTech valves myself. I'm about to get my suspension revalved and don't want to spend $1000 on a 15 year old bike. Still looks like I'd be nearly $700 in with Racetech though.

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8/8/2017 10:18 AM
Edited Date/Time: 8/8/2017 10:19 AM

For me i tried their gold valves on a YZ250F 2016 and did not like them. Even tried a second tuner but still wasn't anyway near what I was especting. Had to go back to stock settings to feel confident again. The worst was loosing 6 months going back and fourth with them.

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8/8/2017 10:21 AM

Aquafresh wrote:

For me i tried their gold valves on a YZ250F 2016 and did not like them. Even tried a second tuner but still wasn't anyway near what I was especting. Had to go back to stock settings to feel confident again. The worst was loosing 6 months going back and fourth with them.

Thanks for the info. What weight and skill level are you?

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8/8/2017 10:22 AM

Braaaphole wrote:

I got on here to inquire about the RaceTech valves myself. I'm about to get my suspension revalved and don't want to spend $1000 on a 15 year old bike. Still looks like I'd be nearly $700 in with Racetech though.

My local auspension guy revalves stock stuff for around $350, and it helped me out alot. But now im hucking huge jumps and wanting the best suspension i can get

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8/8/2017 12:02 PM
Edited Date/Time: 8/8/2017 12:03 PM

I love race tech, for the pure reason that I have a tech that I can pick his brain and he will help me Fine tune the initial set up, which I think is huge advantage, And it is cheaper but I don't feel like it's sacrificing the product. Get race tech you won't be disappointed!!

Ps. I don't get free racetech I pay for mine

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8/8/2017 7:15 PM

Craig decker at Enzo should get you dialed for less than 700 if you mention jkopmx kopcak discount.

Enzo has the kyb stuff on lock . Quick turn around too

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8/9/2017 2:05 AM

Aquafresh wrote:

For me i tried their gold valves on a YZ250F 2016 and did not like them. Even tried a second tuner but still wasn't anyway near what I was especting. Had to go back to stock settings to feel confident again. The worst was loosing 6 months going back and fourth with them.

BirtDikes wrote:

Thanks for the info. What weight and skill level are you?

I'm a front C rider with 159 lbs.

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8/9/2017 6:52 PM

Had 5 different yz 250s all done by factory connection and loved them all.

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8/9/2017 6:57 PM

dedi684 wrote:

Had 5 different yz 250s all done by factory connection and loved them all.

I sure hope so!

I mean, if the first one sucked, going back 4 more times would just seem to defy rational logic.

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8/10/2017 10:15 AM

I've found that FC is great if you know exactly what you want them to address. If you just allow them to give you their generic setting and you assume you're "one and done", you may or may not like it. That's not a knock on them. Their policy is that they'll keep revalving it for free until you're happy. Every one is different and FC is great at giving you what you want but you have to tell them what that is. I'm sure that goes for any suspension shop, I've just only ever dealt with FC because I'm 40 minutes from their HQ.

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