Step 8: Suspension Service

If you’re reading this then you’re interested in dirt bikes right? Hopefully interested enough to own a dirt bike and understand the workings of all the systems on your bike. Well if you don’t already know the single most important (in my opinion) thing you can do to improve your overall riding skills, and that is to improve your suspension. Having a bike that handles very well will improve your confidence and speed. Having the confidence to charge through a hammered section of track or nasty trail condition can mean the difference between having a better race result and even staying safe and not have the bike buck you off. With confidence speed will follow. It’s hard to maintain speed when you’re bull riding coming down that nasty downhill section at your favorite track or that rock garden on the mountain ridge. For us average guys it sure does make our riding experience that more enjoyable when the suspension is working well and you feel great about your race results or ride day. For me the better the suspension the less wear and tear it takes on my body. I’m able to ride longer during the day and come home less fatigued.

Earlier within the introduction article I mentioned the suspension was stock and that remains true minus Race Tech fork and shock springs. For me the stock suspension works pretty well for my speed and skill level. Having the correct spring rates front and rear for my body weight was a big improvement and fixed a lot of the things I had complained about years ago when I first got this bike. So for this bike build I didn’t want to get into a suspension revalve mostly because the budget at this time would not support it and like I said it works really well for me as is. Could my bikes suspension benefit from having Race Tech work their voodoo? Yes it could and I could even improve my overall speed and confidence but it will need to wait until next season.

Having a highly customized tuned suspension isn’t worth anything if it is not maintained. Maintaining suspension fluids gets over looked a lot on dirt bikes. Fortunately I have been able to keep this suspension maintained pretty first-rate over the years by performing yearly fluid service and replacing those wear and tear items as needed. That’s all I’m going to perform this go around is complete dis-assembly for cleaning and fresh Maxima performance fork and shock fluids. Over the years I have used a lot of fluids, lubricants, and cleaners from a wide varity of manufactures but continue to find my way back to using Maxima Racing Oils because of their quality products.

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