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I am hoping someone can give me some suggestions for setting up the stock suspension. I am 5'3" and weigh 135lbs. Will be using the quadracer for MX and trail riding.

I am thinking I will probably need a re-valve, but thought I would ask for advice first. Also looking for recommendations on who can do the re-valve if the tuning doesn't get it for us lightweights.

Also any thoughts about bars for those of us vertically challenged and with shorter arm length would be most appreciated.

I am loving this quad, but after a long weekend of riding my arms and back were killing me.
Thanks in advance,
Lee


I posted this on another forum so apologies to those of you on both forums.
 

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As far as the suspension goes, back your front pre-load the whole way to the top of the threads take your compression 3 clicks from easiest and start there. Going up on compression untill it feels good, and then work the rebound to make it smoother in the choppies.

As for the rear, I am not sure how far to take up the spring. But basically do the same procedure.

The bars from the factory too far forward for shorter riders. To take some strain off of your back. First, move the handlebars back until they are in complete alignment with the steering column. This will move you a little farther back on the bike, but the LTR was designed to keep planted on the ground, so wheelieing won't be a problem.

Try that out. Let us know how it works.
 

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Thank you very much. I will try your suggestions this weekend. I think I am going to need some bars that have a little longer and lower reach, so I am not reaching forward and up quite so much, but it is worth a try to dink with the stock bars first. If that doesn't work any suggestions on replacement bars?

Anyone 150lbs or lighter mess with the settings on the rear shock yet?

Thanks,
Lee
 

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I'm 125 pounds and 5'1". I had a very ugly crash because (13 stiches in the fore head from a broken helmet) the rear suspension doesn't move hardly at all for me. First I took my front and rear shocks to an mx shop. They said I would need springs plus a revalve job. He couldn't find springs for it and the rear shock needs special tools that no currently made to take apart. I then took them to a guy who is good at custom fabrication, but does only motorcycle shocks. I had a connection so he said he could help me out. He fabricated some special tools to get the rear apart, but couldn't find any springs for the rear. I then saw that works performance makes triple rate spring conversion kits for the stock front shocks. When you are short and are light the rear spring is the most important, so I called to see if they had rear springs for the stock shock. They have the front and the rear springs for stock shocks. They pick the springs for your weight. You can even get what color combo you would like. Due to my light weight I had to wait for them to engineer a build card for them, since I was the first featherweight ordering them.. The springs are shipping to the shop my shocks are at on Monday. From my experience with many different quads and bikes, if you are short and are a light weight, a revalve alone won't cut it. I recommend lighter springs also.
 

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You want some good help, get the QUAD magazine with our machine on the cover and it has about a four page tech tip just on suspension setup. Very detailed.
 

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do u have to revalve if you get softer springs? im 140lbs and im having a hell of a time gettin this sus. to work for me im landing way to hard its buckin me off the bike almost haha??
 
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