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Regarding the 08 200XCW, the manual states that the static sag need be at 35mm +/- 2mm. There's so much emphasis placed on this but why? Is correct static sag a KTM thing because of the linkless shock? How much effect does correct versus incorrect static sag really have?

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try to get sag as close as you can. If you static sag is to small, your spring is too soft and when its too large the spring is too stiff. Besides, you can't really set the Rider sag correctly until you do the static sag first.

It'll help you determince the right spring for you.

If you weight is not 170-185lbs and you're NOT planning on changing springs to match your weight, don't loose sleep over setting the static sag, it's not gonna do that much diff unless you have the right springs.

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Regarding the 08 200XCW, the manual states that the static sag need be at 35mm +/- 2mm. There's so much emphasis placed on this but why? Is correct static sag a KTM thing because of the linkless shock? How much effect does correct versus incorrect static sag really have?

There's so much emphasis placed on this but why?

it affects how the bike handles, turns, and behaves in the rough stuff. The static sag doesn't mean anything by itself, it is important in relation to what your rider sag is. Preload also plays a roll.

Is correct static sag a KTM thing because of the linkless shock?

Yes.

If you set it at 35mm, and your rider sag is way too high, you need a stiffer spring, and softer if the rider sag is too low. Or, if you set your rider sag and your static is too low, you need a stiffer spring, and visa versa.

Many folks that think KTM's handle like crap, either rode one, or owned one, and didn't know how to set them up. The bikes handle much better once set up properly with correct springs.

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and if you have to add too much preload to get the numbers then the spring is too soft also. The spring should have 5mm preload +- ,10 max.

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