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October 30th, 2010, 07:30 PM   #1
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fx 450 19" or 18" wheel

hi everyone.
i've got dilema, whitch size will work better 19" or 18"on fx 450. i mostly ride woods and technical stuff. i want also make my bike little bit lower. does anyone know differences between this two wheels.

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October 30th, 2010, 11:17 PM   #2
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Re: fx 450 19" or 18" wheel

Well don`t think the 18 really lowers the bike much because the 18`s have taller sidewalls. The 19" is a little lighter and I like the way the bike handles with the 19". It feels like it handles a little sharper compared to the 18 on my FE570. I was going to switch over the 19 for an 18 on my new FX450 but I'm glad I didn't I like the way it handles with the 19" plus I seem to remember that alot of Pro offroad racers are switching back to 19's.

Remember the FX450 was basically built at the request of a bunch on the guys racing the bergs. The only real downside on the 19" is its easier to pinch flat compared to a 18". But I run bib mousses so I don't worry about it Like I always say "you really have to try it for yourself to see if it works for you" But IMO I said keep the 19"
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October 31st, 2010, 10:25 AM   #3
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Re: fx 450 19" or 18" wheel

tnx a lot for the answer.
yeah i don't want to spend money on 18" if the diference is small. i'm gonna cut foam to lower my seat and maybe put handlebar spacers to raise forks. i heard u can raise them an 1".
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October 31st, 2010, 12:21 PM   #4
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Re: fx 450 19" or 18" wheel

Yeah if you don't really want to spend the money just run a really good heavy duty tube and don't drop your tire pressure below 13psi. I use a factory Husaberg low seat and like it and you could always use a Synergy X-bushing to lower the bike a little in the rear and drop the forks in the triple clamps in the front.
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October 31st, 2010, 06:48 PM   #5
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Re: fx 450 19" or 18" wheel

yeah, heavy duty tube it's realy good idea . i'm not sold to x bushing, i've read that you have to do some metal shaving. do you think changing sag will do the trick?. i'm 5'9'' so lowering bike 1'' - 1.5" will be perfect.
i did lower a little my 450 exc r by changing stock rear tire for 120/90/19 michelin but it's not the case with 19" berg wheel. actually i measured my exc r 18"wheel with michelin and fx 450 berg stock tire and there is a diference. my ktm wheel is 5/8" lower then berg wheel. i think with the stock ktm tire 140/80/18 they will be the same.
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October 31st, 2010, 07:34 PM   #6
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Re: fx 450 19" or 18" wheel

I'm 5'8" with a 30" inseem. I use the factory low seat and have no problems. If you're 5'9" you wont have any worries. You have to be careful with your race sag. If you run too much to try to lower the bike you'll throw the handling off. The berg's are sensative to race and static sag.
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I was going to lower my bikes suspension by an inch. But I worried about screwing up the handling. So I decided to run the lower seat and just concentrate on being a better rider.
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October 31st, 2010, 09:10 PM   #8
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true. i'm a bit sceptical about touching suspension.factory setup work well for me. man fx rocks. so far best bike ever. i'm realy glad i didn't bay FE model. i remember how my 2008 exc r ride and compare to the FX it's like day and night. from the begining exc r was to plush for me and bit to heavy in tight woods, so berg is the problem fixer. haha. i took the bike for the first spin this saturday and i love that bike.
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Ya I love my FX450, I can't wait for our Enduro racing series to start. Too bad I have to wait till March to finally race it though!
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yep racing is cool. i started riding two years ago and i'm 34, so kinda late. all i can be is weekend warrior. but still having fun.
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