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I just went to stiffer fork springs (.46) to reduce bottoming. I would like to get just a little plusher feeling over the sharp edge stuff. Should I lower the oil level or just try the clickers first? I would like to here what other X riders have done.

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I would have put it there but I really want to keep it specific to CRF250x owners.

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Try the clickers, set em both at 12 and go from there. The biggest effect of the heavier spring you may notice while riding is the front end will be riding higher in the stroke, which will change the way the bike turns. You might want to slide the forks up a hair and or run less rear sag to get it to turn the same. Unless you know exactly where the oil level is now I wouldn't

try to adjust that too much.

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Fork fluid level doesn't have any impact on fork action until you reach the last couple of inches of travel--at that point, the change in fluid volume produces a change in air-spring effect. Adjust your compression clickers to a softer setting--when I went to stiffer fork springs I had to go down to 6-8 clicks from full soft.

Roger M--04 X

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I usually service mine with the min oil in and adjust up a little after a couple rides. Like mentioned it doesn't effect the high speed much. I have noticed keeping the air bled can make a big difference though, good quality dual seal speed bleeders are worth the investment.

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I just went to stiffer fork springs (.46) to reduce bottoming. I would like to get just a little plusher feeling over the sharp edge stuff. Should I lower the oil level or just try the clickers first? I would like to here what other X riders have done.

What are you running for preload? Less preload will give you a plusher ride in the early part of travel.

JayC

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What are you running for preload? Less preload will give you a plusher ride in the early part of travel.

JayC

I wish I really knew enough to answer your question. I put the stock spring seats back in. Isn't that what would change the preload? How much less preload are you talking about? Thanks....

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I wish I really knew enough to answer your question. I put the stock spring seats back in. Isn't that what would change the preload? How much less preload are you talking about? Thanks....

Actually, I'm not sure that the forks give the ability to muck with preload. However, the CRF forks have a little spring (which has a name that I can't remember) that sits on top of the main fork springs. I think the little spring has it's effect in the early part of travel.

You should post your question in the Suspension forum - there is enough CRF experience in there to give you a better bike-specific answer.

JayC

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