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I'm trying to get a basic understanding of setups and tips for woods riding. Some of the things that cross my mind are:

1. is the balance of chassis setup different than mx?

2. are lighter spring rates used?

3. is the rear sag increased? This kinda touches on the first one... sort of.

4. is there less Nitrogen used in the shocks?

5. are the BV and MV usually just softened using crossovers?

6. is there a significant lower volume fork oil used?

I realize these questions are generic but I need some base lining here :banana:

-David

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I'm trying to get a basic understanding of setups and tips for woods riding. Some of the things that cross my mind are:

1. is the balance of chassis setup different than mx?

2. are lighter spring rates used?

3. is the rear sag increased? This kinda touches on the first one... sort of.

4. is there less Nitrogen used in the shocks?

5. are the BV and MV usually just softened using crossovers?

6. is there a significant lower volume fork oil used?

I realize these questions are generic but I need some base lining here :banana:

-David

For what it's worth, i rode my 09 KX250F for mx riding until October 09, then set it up as my woods bike.

1. I tend to run much softer forks in the woods than mx, and tend to set up the chasis more stinkbug (front end low)

2. i dropped 1 rate on fork springs, just to lower their ride height ever so slightly

3. i run 100mm sag for both

4. you could...i stick with 150psi and make adjustments via shims instead

5. If you search these forums, you will find people pulling a lot of shims in some woods set-ups. I took a fair amount of dampening out...since i don't have to absorb big jumps in the woods.

6. Yes...you can start with much less fork oil, since i don't need near as much bottom out protection as you do for mx.

i realize these are pretty generic. Have fun. Having ridden mx bikes as my woods bikes, i feel there is a lot of improvement to be had (especially for my local terrain). :lol:

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5. are the BV and MV usually just softened using crossovers?

a crossover mainly makes low and mid speed softer. highspeed also, because the face shims are a tad open before they hit the HS shims, but then the damping increases. why should we keep this high HS damping?

you will feel this on big roots, rocks...

IMHO it will be softer, but it's the worst idea to soften the stack by just a crossover...

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thanks for the feedback. I'm looking at doing some setups like this so just wanted to get a feel for what other do and think.

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