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Just got an 03 525. It's an MXC but has an EXC seat/tank on it. Had a lot of fun on my first ride out but it's way tall for me. Not a problem on the trails but I didn't have a lot of confidence on technical hill climbs.

How much foam can I cut out of the seat an not risk felling the seat base? I'de like to lose about an 1 1/2" if I can.

Also, anyone use one of the newer X-bushings to lower the rear shock the 7/8"? I read some post that people were having problems with them wearing out too fast but the manufacturer claims to have made some improvements.

I still have to check the sag. Maybe that will make a difference also.

Thanks.

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The X-Bushings work well and are long lasting. Set you racing sag at 120mm (4 3/4"). You may be able to remove a little seat foam, but don't make it too thin. I believe that there are some aftermarket lower EXC seats available. The best, although most expensive, mod is to have both front and rear suspensions professionally shortened and revalved.

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Turns out it was a tall seat and I was able to remove about an inch of foam. That inch helps a lot. Need to set the sag and see where I'm at. If it's still feeling tall, I think I will go with the X-bushing and slide my forks up slightly.

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