I am having trouble setting the suspension on my 2000 yz 250 and would like to know if anyone can give me the standard settings so i can start fresh or if anyone has the recommended settings for a 12 stone rider. thanks
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In general you want to set sag for around 25-30% of the total suspension travel. Most dirt bikes are around 300mm of travel so set your sag (race sag) at around 85-90mm. Once you have done that, check the sag (static sag) without rider. It should be around 5% or so. If the static sag is more than 5% your spring is too hard. If it's less than 5% or zero then your spring is too light. This applies to both front and rear suspension.
These setting's don't have to be exact but it will definitely get you in the ballpark and help your bike to be balanced between front and rear. Also when you check race sag, you need to be in your natural riding position standing on the pegs wearing all your riding gear.
When I get stuck or want to set up the suspension settings on any MX bike(Ive owned about 20 different types) I adjust all the settings in the middle of the range & fine tune the adjustments from there.Screw the adjusters all the way in.As you unscrew them count the clicks untill all the way out.Now go back in to the half way point(counting the clicks as you go). This will give you a starting point. Typically most MX'ers factory suspension settings eill be one or two clicks in or out of the middle position so as to offer you plenty of adjustment either way.
The only setting that this dosn't apply to is the spring pre-load but you can usually tell if it has been adjusted by the adjusting(castle type)nuts. This applies to rear shock preload only.
Hope this helps.
Regards Andrew Porrelli
The dealership should be able to help you there. Often the shift pedal from an earlier model will work well. The factory changes things in a effort to improve the product but some changes are not as good as intended.