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Effects of chain torque on rear suspension.

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I notice how perfect my rear suspension feels when I'm on the gas. XR400. If I hit the same rocky section coasting then it's all over the place. I know some of the effect is from weight transfer but what effect does the drive chain torque have on the rear end? How I could adjust my rear suspension that would mimic some of that effect when coasting is what I'm after.

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Try slower rebound, or make your rear wheel lighter?

That could be my problem because I like everything almost as loose as it will go to smooth out the miles of rocks I ride on. I set it 1 click slower than throwing me over the bars. More dampening may solve it.

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The chain torque will cause the rear to squat which effectively makes it stiffer because the spring is already compressed. You could try a bit more pre-load as well as a bit slower rebound. The other thing is that power to the wheel will itself help the wheel to drive thru the rocks if that makes sense. In general being on the gas will help the bike track better.

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