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I have a question as a level 1 noob

used 2018 YZ250F, heavier springs installed by PO, which per race tech are ok for my size/weight (6’0”,200)

Heres my question...

I have not adjusted the suspension at all (PO may have)  and would like to know how to find a neutral/baseline position (front/rear) to make adjustments...

im not fast, can’t jump for shit, and basically totally suck at riding but would like to know how to find the ‘starting point’ for adjustments cuz I’m not ALWAYS gonna be this bad at it

thanks!

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11 hours ago, Piney Woods said:

Why do you want to change anything? Do you know enough yet to even recognize good/bad suspension action? Have you read the FIRST two threads in this section? Start there.

No sir, I do NOT know enough about it to tell anything but would like to know that if there is a ‘zero’ position, I can find it... maybe if I am having trouble with something an adjustment (along with improving technique) would help

i am curious and the factory setting are not listen in my manual (that I have found)

@Piney Woods thanks for referring the other ‘deeper’ posts... very helpful!

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On 1/28/2021 at 6:26 PM, TexasBlues said:

I have a question as a level 1 noob

used 2018 YZ250F, heavier springs installed by PO, which per race tech are ok for my size/weight (6’0”,200)

Heres my question...

I have not adjusted the suspension at all (PO may have)  and would like to know how to find a neutral/baseline position (front/rear) to make adjustments...

im not fast, can’t jump for shit, and basically totally suck at riding but would like to know how to find the ‘starting point’ for adjustments cuz I’m not ALWAYS gonna be this bad at it

thanks!

https://motocrossactionmag.com/mxa-race-test-2018-yamaha-yz250f/

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6 hours ago, Piney Woods said:

Have you read the stuff here at the top?

Yessir...

since I posted, I have found a plethora of info on getting it back to ‘stick’ settings...

I raised my forks a little (8-10mm) and it helped with the constant nose up attitude when jumping but when the front comes down, it feels like a hard jarring in my hands... rear feels pretty good, maybe even a little soft for me

i do have a question about the blue nut on my rear shock (2018 YZ250F, not FX)... 

it’s adjusted as well as the clicker screw inside, correct?

Forks have top/bottom clickers for hard/soft or fast/slow and the rear has the clicker inside the blue nut... again, one is hard/soft or fast/slow

is this correct?

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On 3/25/2021 at 2:33 PM, TexasBlues said:

Yessir...

since I posted, I have found a plethora of info on getting it back to ‘stick’ settings...

I raised my forks a little (8-10mm) and it helped with the constant nose up attitude when jumping but when the front comes down, it feels like a hard jarring in my hands... rear feels pretty good, maybe even a little soft for me

i do have a question about the blue nut on my rear shock (2018 YZ250F, not FX)... 

it’s adjusted as well as the clicker screw inside, correct?

Forks have top/bottom clickers for hard/soft or fast/slow and the rear has the clicker inside the blue nut... again, one is hard/soft or fast/slow

is this correct?

The inner screw is for low speed compression adjustment (clockwise harder, counterclockwise softer) and the blue 'nut' is for high speed compression adjustment (same directions). Slow and high speed refer to suspension movement speed, not bike speed.

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18 minutes ago, DEATH_INC. said:

The inner screw is for low speed compression adjustment (clockwise harder, counterclockwise softer) and the blue 'nut' is for high speed compression adjustment (same directions). Slow and high speed refer to suspension movement speed, not bike speed.

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Thank you

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