Topic: Yamaha XT 250 Suspension too soft
Posted: 01/12/2011 7:52:34 PM
i feel as if the stock rear spring on my 08 yamaha xt 250 is too soft, has anyone ever made any adjustments to it? my real question is what would be the easiest side/angle to tackle this project?
Reply by Jeff_in_rc on 01/13/2011 07:37:38 AM
Have you set the rear sag yet? If not I would do that first. Setting the rear sag is an important part of getting the most out of your suspension. Go here: 4Strokes.com Tech: Spring Preload, Race Sag and Suspension Adjustments and it will tell you what you need to do.
Reply by jsmiley4002 on 01/14/2011 1:12:12 PM
thanks for that info, im 5'11 185lbs and when i sit on my xt 250 it just looks and feels too low/soft on the tail end I'll experiment with that sag and let you guys know how it pans out thank you
Reply by Admin on 01/14/2011 1:26:12 PM
You're on the upper end of weight limit for stock springs. Depending on what kind of riding you do and how long you want to keep the bike, you might want to consider setting up the suspension for your weight and riding style. Fork and shock springs are rated for a rider's weight and riding application. See the following chart for an example: Fork & Shock Spring Rate Per Rider's Weight. Something to think about after you dial in the sag and preload settings.
Reply by jsmiley4002 on 01/20/2011 2:54:16 PM
Adjusted rear shock feels a lot better, also basic stuff like airing up tires to where they should be made a big difference lol
Reply by jsmiley4002 on 06/30/2011 5:17:03 PM
hey guys im back again, i was looking into getting the rear a few inches higher and ran into a couple threads that suggested installing a shorter suspension linkage under the bike? any advice/where to find a compatible part? (yes i know im probably just out growing the bike) any ideas helpful
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