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  1. Cross post from suspension It's a 2007 yz450 and I have been reading a lot of posts looking for some direction on suspension mods. I have also tried some spring weight calculators and now I'm totally confused. My local Yamaha dealer works with Pro Action and they said that based on my characteristics (41 yrs, novice (but improving) 5'10" 205 lbs without gear...that I should be able to use the stock springs (which are apparently .48/5.5) and then have it revalved. Some others here have suggested the same. I'm fine with that because it saves me $200! However I also read that stockers are for guys around 170 pounds and that its a 'must' to respring to .49/5.6 (or possibly even 5.7 on the rear). Based on how the bike compresses when I sit on it I tend to think it needs heavier springs - but I certainly don't think I know more than the pro action guys. Appreciate any feedback to help me make up my mind.
  2. It's a 2007 yz450 and I have been reading a lot of posts looking for some direction on suspension mods. I have also tried some spring weight calculators and now I'm totally confused. My local Yamaha dealer works with Pro Action and they said that based on my characteristics (41 yrs, novice (but improving) 5'10" 205 lbs without gear...that I should be able to use the stock springs (which are apparently .48/5.5) and then have it revalved. Some others here have suggested the same. I'm fine with that because it saves me $200! However I also read that stockers are for guys around 170 pounds and that its a 'must' to respring to .49/5.6 (or possibly even 5.7 on the rear). Based on how the bike compresses when I sit on it I tend to think it needs heavier springs - but I certainly don't think I know more than the pro action guys. Appreciate any feedback to help me make up my mind.
  3. I am a 'suspension modification newbie' and need some help. I am going to go through a local shop and have my '07 YZ450 done up with Pro-Action (resprung and revalved to my size). I know that they will guage the new spring rates based on my info - but for my own information I want to figure it out ahead of time. I found a calculator on MX-TECH but I don't know how much weight to add for gear. Any ideas? Here is some info -41 year old novice veteran -Willing to do the 40 foot doubles and attempt larger table tops -Finish in the top 1/3 usually -5'10" and 205 pounds WITHOUT gear (down from 225 last season!) -I bounce on landings and step downs and front end drifts out of corners (ok some of it is lack of skill :-)) -I wear bell moto8, kidney belt, fox external chest protector, fox f3 boots and hope to get used to my THOR knee guards this season. Not sure how much all the gear weighs. Thanks in advance
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    Suspension advice for '07 YZ450

    Thanks everyone - I think i'm going with the Pro-Action guy at the local shop. It's close, its affordable...and I need it :-)
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    Plymouth MA, check out a bike for me?

    I'm not sure if you are specifically looking for a 250 but if you are considering going bigger I am selling a 2005 WR450. I bought it late in 2005 to get back into trail riding (i'm 41 years old) and put approximately 400 miles on it. Then I bought an '07 YZ450 for MX and haven't ridden the WR since. Its a great bike but I have a job and 3 kids so I barely have time for one bike let alone 2. It has a YZ throttle stop and boyesen quick shot but otherwise stock. I changed the oil/air every couple rides. I put in a new Yuasa battery last year (then never rode it) and also have a TT AIS removal kit (not installed) and will throw in a new Dunlop rear tire (not mounted) for $3500. Tony (tony@ogremx.com)
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    Modifying an '07 YZ450

    I'm looking for some general feedback because I'm looking to put some cash into my stocker. Note - I am a 41 year old novice, 5'10'' 205 lbs. 1. I'm considering a DR D system because I heard just adding a slip on does nothing. However I ALSO just heard that the pipe is more important than the header. If you had to pick one which would it be? 2. I'm looking to respring for my weight but I hear you should have it revalved because without it, the respring wont be very effective. Any comments on that? I know its MORE effective to have it revalved but would it really be a waste to just get heavier springs? 3. To help me carry a higher gear in the corner I was thinking going to go up a tooth (or two) on the rear sprocket. Has anyone done this? Is this the wrong approach? Thanks
  7. I am going to invest in some heavier springs and a revalve for my '07 yz450. I was going to have Factory Connection or C Cycle Suspension do it all but I just got a coupon from a local dealer offering 20% off a pro action revalve. How does Pro Action compare to Factory Connection or C Cycle Suspension? FYI I am a 41 year old novice. 5'10" 205 pounds
  8. The frame on my '07 YZ450 has oxidized over the winter. Does anyone have a quick way to polish it? All suggestions welcome but I really just want to nail it quickly. Thanks PS I hope I am not breaking board etiquette by writing this here but I have a 2005 WR450 for sale. Approx 400 miles, oil/air changed every 2-3 rides, not ridden last year. $3600
  9. Do any of you bigger guys have a suggestion for a decent fitting chest protector? I'm 5'10" and 220 pounds and although my large Fox R3 technically fits, it looks like its 2 sizes too small. Any suggestions (BESIDES going on a diet)?
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    Water barrel for power washer?

    Thanks to all that offered constructive information! For those wondering why someone would wash their bike between motos... When the track is a sloppy mudfest, the mud gets EVERYWHERE and you're better off washing it off before it dries up. After one particularly muddy race day (without a power washer) I couldn't get to the mud on parts of the exhaust (and other areas) and now its like baked on clay. Its packed into crevices and covers the nuts & bolts etc. If you almost always have great riding conditions (perhaps West Coast?) then maybe power washing is overkill. However, if you ever ride on a wet, muddy day (which can be frequent in a lot of climates), powerwashing the sludge off before it dries is great preventitive maintenance.
  11. I'm looking for information on how to find those water barrels that people bring to the track for power washing. Is there a particular company that makes them? Do you need a threaded spigot on the bottom? Any info appreciated
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    Jack Frost Series

    Well....the weather sure was nice but the track was treacherous huh? How did you do? Myself - I went down 3 seperate times. One of those times I went off the side of the first table top on the back section (right after the corner after the whoops). It took me like a minute to pick up the bike, get it started and push it back up the embankment onto the track. Definitely NOT one of my better days. With the rain & frost later this week I'm not sure the conditions will improve much for next Sunday. -Tony #32
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    Frame guard for '07 YZF450?

    Thanks for the comment grey. It defintely helps put things into perspective. -Tony
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    Jack Frost Series

    I'll be there with my teammate but were riding in the slow old guy class. I just got an '07 YZ450 2 weeks ago but haven't been able to break it in. Hell I haven't even ridden it yet. So I'm putting the MX plastics back on my '05 WR450 and hoping the weather cooperates. Good luck! Tony #32 www.ogremx.com
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    Frame guard for '07 YZF450?

    Thanks for the link. BTW - I found one offered by Light Speed (on motosport.com). Can I assume this one is 'bolt on' ready (as I assume the GYTR is)? I have a 25 coupon for motosport so I'd like to buy it there.
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