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  1. No, flipping the bleed valve stack. Not the base valve. The bleed valve stack is in series with your clicker oriface circuit. The base valve most are removing the odd shims and turning them over under the base valve stack to give more deflection room. Worked good on our CR125. I removed 7 face shims and left 8 but I have a 135lb rider I would leave another face shim in for maybe each additional 20lbs the rider weighs.
  2. And so dies the bling on a budget thread. However we expect a orange smoker motocross race report thread 😁🏁
  3. Alright, go rag that 150 and let us know how you feel. the KTM will never be as pretty as your red bike though :-)
  4. Well the 285 kit is fun too. It doesn't rev like that 125 but it has more than enough power. Yesterday I just about flipped it backwards after making a low speed compression adjustment (softer-faster) on the rear shock. It started hooking up so well that I was caught by surprise! I've only ridden it about 6 times so far and still learning the bike.
  5. You seem to like turning bikes after you build. I'd say take it if you are ready for a different ride. Can't comment on the value but its fun money anyway.
  6. XR400R Competition Handbook. here is an example for $30 US:
  7. Another thought- We put KYB fork spring on our Showas by accident (ordered stock 125 springs before I realized this bike had CRF forks) and the springs got stuck inside, had to use a pry bar to get them out.
  8. Posted the bike right after I got it in November, Made a few mods, mostly suspension, guards, protectors. The bike is very satisfying to ride. 285cc. New graphics coming next week.
  9. If you look around you can find mixed reviews, some complaining alignment or fitment issues. I never bought one. I tried to get one from Superbrace but they said they were not in stock and never got back with me when I asked for a racer's discount :-) - RSW might be the only game in town. I think the post 96' 250 suffers less from steering issues than the 400 though. The forks are so short. Let us know what you find if you buy one.
  10. I actually got mine off of eBay.
  11. The Honda racing manual says to run your forks 10mm up in the triples as normal unless it is really high speed riding. You are probably to slow on rebound if the forks feel too stiff. Ask them how many shims they took out of your forks. You need to remove at least 4 shims. I would probably remove 5. Again, rebound is the ticket if the shims are 7-8 remaining. 12 shims is stock. Run that rebound as fast or soft as Honda calls it as you can stand on both ends. When it bounces like a basketball that is too much but you have got to have a lot of action in the rocks you are riding. Leave the forks brace on until your are absolutely certain you don't like it. You may be able to grind ruts and carry precise wheel placement with that brace. The stock forks are sloppy as a manwich sandwich. If you want to talk about it PM me your phone number.
  12. How is the handling doing?
  13. I saw that some people flip the stack over so I kept the soft face shim at the bleed valve and the hard thick shim at the metal spacer on the base valve side but I flipped the rest of the stack so it is very very soft. Thanks for your input.
  14. I'm revalving my sons CRF forks on his 04 CR125. Someone set the bike up for a really heavy rider. I opened the forks up and the valve stack was a single stage but no crossover point! Just dead end into the plate. I found the bleed Valve and thought that it was a mistake, so I moved the shins over to th base valve side to give me some flex room on the base valve. Now I realize that I may need those shims in the bleed valve after all. My son weighs about 135lbs and in the CR125 we have .38 fork springs. Can anyone help me understand if the bleed valve is useful for off road on such a light rider/bike combination. It was extremely harsh before. I understand I probably have to have some more space for the base valve to flex as well.