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My new to me 2002 CRF450R (need help setting it up)

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Hi every one I want to thank you all for the amazing info that's found on here about 450's.

I recently bought this bike after being out of riding for the last 6yrs my last bike was a 01 KTM250sx.

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The bike has the following mods Bondi built motor(end of season 09), hinson clutch, Quick Shot, works rads, 11oz flywheel weight, After market header and cut down factory silencer, stage 2 Hot-cam.....

I am a big rider 6'1" 265lbs with out gear 👍 and need some advice on how to make this tank handle better it feels off and hard to control in the bumps and turns horribly. The bike has enough power I just need to focus on suspension and handleing.

These are the parts I'm looking at buying

-Ride Engineering 20-22mm Triple Clamps

-Ride Engineering axle block

Any advice on setting up the suspension would be greatly appreciated!.... I was looking for suspension linkages but can't find any for 02's will the 03+ linkages fit?

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Nice bike. I had on 02 back in 03 and it was a good bike. You need 20mm triple clamps to make it turn. Look on ebay you might find some used ones cheap. I have an 03 crf450 and love it. I got 20mm triple clamps with steering stem for a buy it now only 25.00. great deal huh.

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at 265, you're probably going to need new springs, at least. i'd check out the racetech website to get the right spring rates, then talk to a suspension shop about valving options. it's well worth the money.

you'll probably want to see what springs you've got in the bike already. did the previous owner know?

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Thanks fellas I found a set of Ride Engineering Triple Clamps 22mm offset for $200, Fastway F6 pegs for $100......I am looking at a KYB 6.3kg shock spring and .52kg fork springs waiting on pro-action for pricing and setup options......Should I look into changing to the 03 rear suspension so I can get the updated linkage? or just get a Storm link?.....Also can I use factory 08 or 09 triple clamps to get the 22mm or 20mm offset I want instead of buying the Ride clamps?....will 20mm work better then 22mm? what about headshake?.....

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