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November 10th, 2008, 02:08 PM   #1
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09 Forks?

Anyone had them apart?

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December 2nd, 2008, 06:12 PM   #2
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RE: 09 Forks?

Tap, Tap ,Tap...Hello? Is this thing on? Hello?
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December 2nd, 2008, 07:15 PM   #3
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Could you tell us why your asking?
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December 2nd, 2008, 07:33 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by BOSS
Could you tell us why your asking?
Would like to have the valving specs to see if they are similar to the KTM's?
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December 3rd, 2008, 12:55 PM   #5
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Got the specs from Bart Hayes: http://www.ridepg.com/

He is the new local Berg dealer. Ran the KTM XC2 GNCC team last 2 seasons.
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December 3rd, 2008, 06:28 PM   #6
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So Lew, did you learn anything interesting about the Husaberg forks?

I'm still tweaking my 2009 FE450 clickers but am slightly disappointed as my 2008 KTM 450 XCR-W suspension was practically perfect once I put proper springs on it. Took those springs off and put on the Husaberg.

My XCR-W suspension was equal or better at my riding pace (and above) than my 2003 450 EXC done by John C. in Nov 2005 for "C rider sitting down." Of course I realize this was comparing suspension that had not been serviced for 2+ years. The XCR-W is gone but I still have the EXC.

245#, 0.48 front, 9.2 rear, 34 mm static sag, 115 mm street-clothes sag.
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December 3rd, 2008, 06:33 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by n4hhe
So Lew, did you learn anything interesting about the Husaberg forks?

I'm still tweaking my 2009 FE450 clickers but am slightly disappointed as my 2008 KTM 450 XCR-W suspension was practically perfect once I put proper springs on it. Took those springs off and put on the Husaberg.

My XCR-W suspension was equal or better at my riding pace (and above) than my 2003 450 EXC done by John C. in Nov 2005 for "C rider sitting down." Of course I realize this was comparing suspension that had not been serviced for 2+ years. The XCR-W is gone but I still have the EXC.

245#, 0.48 front, 9.2 rear, 34 mm static sag, 115 mm street-clothes sag.
What are your complaints? Does it stay up in th stroke decent with the .48"s?
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December 3rd, 2008, 07:11 PM   #8
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Yes, the 0.48's with no added preload are a good match for me on the 2003, 2008, and 2009. Somewhere around 115 to 120 mm sag in the rear puts the front too high for stability on the XCR-W. Think I had the XCR-W at 110 to 115 and if I added a 150 pound rider 2-up (trail work) the front was almost impossible to steer. Very unstable.

Right now I think the FE450 front is a bit harsh on small things. It works well enough that I don't have problems with traction or handling. Rode a brand new 2008 Honda CRF450X a couple of months ago that had the worst suspension I've ever ridden. Worse than I've been able to mess up a KTM's clickers. The front wasn't moving much on the CRF altho it didn't seem to be binding. In not moving the front wheel wouldn't stay in good contact with the ground and had no traction. This was at blinding single track speeds of 10 MPH. Normally I average 13 MPH fun riding. The CRF owner was riding the CRF at about 5 MPH but doubled that on my XCR-W.

Anyway, the FE450 is much better than that CRF450X. It isn't as comfortable sitting as the XCR-W was.

Have been concentrating on the rear as that seems to be where most of problem lies. Bumps go one way, bike goes same way. I could feel the XCR-W suspension sucking up bumps, but not (yet) the FE450. Not certain yet when the wheel flies off a bump whether it has too little compression and the wheel is still going up, or too much rebound and the wheel can't go down. Got my first feel for better/worse this Sunday when starting from factory recommended "comfort" setting (no matter my stiffer spring) I took 2 clicks off (counter clockwise) both rebound and compression and made things worse.
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December 3rd, 2008, 07:29 PM   #9
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IMO you can't learn much with 2 clicks of adjustment...attach a screwdriver to the bike so you can adjust on the trail. Set comp & reb on both ends to middle position (16 out?). Cruise through a known section at 70% speed. Back comp out both ends 6-8 clicks...it shouldn't take more than 100 yards to know if that's better or worse?

Once you get so it doesn't look like the horsey in front of Wal-Mart then try working the rebound 2-4 clicks both ways. BE CAREFUL with the rebound as it can get fugly real quick.

Now you should have it half-way close. then use this http://www.mx-tech.com/?id=articles_news&news_id=81 to get it dialed from there. IMO the base-valve stack is a bit stiff for your ridng style/speed? I am working up a valving spec for SCJ so should have some data soon...he runs .48's too.
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December 4th, 2008, 04:28 PM   #10
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SCJ and my FE450's are twins. The first two at SOS. Believe I took delivery the morning he got his that afternoon. Would be interested in what you recommend for SCJ as apparently we are about the same size as well.

Not certain I'll get out to ride this weekend, but its certainly time to spend some quality effort on Test & Tune. Might be able to find a dirt pile somewhere closer than Westpoint which is 72 miles away.
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