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  1. jbrandt


    Interesting. I've heard more that you just want the front and rear to match, so that it feels balanced. Sounds like this is your first trials bike (mine too). Do you come from a trail/mx background? While this is my first trials bike too, I do come from a fairly extensive mountain bike background (and 15 years of moto trail riding, too). I used to teach maintenance classes and riding clinics thru the shop I was managing. The main thing is to not really get too wrapped up in the numbers. Suspension is so personal. Just like where you like your brake/clutch lever to sit, it's all personal preference. Just go find a bit of trail or a section where you can repeat it over and over. Ideally it will have a fairly varied terrain (rocks, ruts, jumps, whatever). For a trials bike, this mainly depends on your skill level, it may be as simple as just some slow circles, and a rocky semi-technical trail somewhere... Make sure it's something you can do fairly easily, because you want to be able to concentrate on your settings, not getting thru the section. Then start messing around with your settings ONE at a time, and repeat that section of trail. When you only change one setting at a time, you know for sure what changed and how that affects the ride. Keep changing that one thing until you feel either it getting better, or getting worse (then go back to where it felt best). This is my plan once my shoulder heals. Just get out to the local OHV park and mess around with the suspension for a couple hours. From the videos/tutorials I've seen, especially coming from a trail bike back ground, the setting will be softer than you think. Like that video I posted, you're probably going to bottom out on anything over 3 feet. Anyhoo, best of luck
  2. jbrandt


    Not sure if you saw my reply to your post in my other thread, but I'm running ~65mm sag in the front on my bike 2000 Rev 3 with the USD forks, and that seems perfectly rideable, but granted I haven't really ridden it since I first bought it (except tooling around in the back yard). I weigh 175ish (~80kg) without my gear on, so I'm not that different from you. So I don't think you should be trying for ~20-25mm sag with your weight on it. That seems pretty hard for a trials bike.
  3. So the picture I posted was correct? Crap, okay, I could swear I had seen fork rebuilds with the washer between the 2 seals, so the retainer clip sits against the washer, not the rubber seal. I see my mistake now, thanks for the correction! Good thing I haven't actually ridden it... Hopefully I can get them out and redo it without ruining them. Damnit.
  4. 22mm of sag seems awfully hard. That sounds more like sag for an MX bike. I'm currently running about 65mm in the front (with my body weight). Granted, I haven't had much time (any, really, I've been dealing with a shoulder injury as of late) to mess around with the settings since I bought it, but 65mm doesn't seem too far off. I weigh almost the same as you, as well. I found this video somewhat helpful. They don't really have specifics, but a general guide to get you started.
  5. I gotcha. Although this is trials, so anything is possible, lol
  6. Never really said I was all that worried about it, but I wouldn't exactly say that potentially dripping fuel on a hot exhaust pipe is "nothing". Are you talking about the brass piece that the tubing slides on to? Just my luck that'd snap off, lol
  7. I haven't been able to find a U.S. distributor of this stuff...
  8. Hi all, The exhaust is so close to the carb, that one of the vent tubes has actually gotten partially melted because the tubing routes right over the exhaust pipe. I was lurking around trialssuperstore.com looks for ways to spend money, and found this: Anyone know if this would work for my 2000 Rev3 270 with Mikuni carb? I assume this is a relatively universal part, but you never know... https://trialssuperstore.com/products/dellorto-vent-90
  9. You know now that you mention it, I have experienced a few mild kickbacks trying to start it. I hadn't put 2 and 2 together.that makes sense. Thanks for the tip. And yeah, I can imagine the look on your daughter's face. hilarious!
  10. Truth be told I haven't even really ridden it (except a few circles in my yard) since I bought it. I am in the habit of closing the fuel off, since my other bike tends to leak as well. By cleaning the crankcase, do you just mean pulling the spark plug and kicking the living daylights out of it at WFO?
  11. Yeah, really seems like I have either too much or not enough fuel. The plug is damp. I would say it's not soaking wet. I'm in Carmichael BTW, good to find someone local on here! I haven't even tried Prairie city yet. With the DMV closed, I can't get my bike registered (currently an Idaho bike), and AAA won't do out of state registrations.
  12. Sorry, by "full beans" I meant a good hard kick, not the throttle. I did reuse the old in-line filter, but I'm sure it is the right way. I suppose it could have been backwords before, not sure actually... Thanks for the tip on the throttle cable. I had unscrewed it and tugged on it a bit but it didn't move, so didn't want to force it. Cheers
  13. Ok, been doing a little work on my new (to me) 2000 Rev3 270. Fork seals, new fender, custom spark arrestor, new fuel line, nothing major, certainly nothing major with the engine. It ran great, started 1st kick most of the time, as long as I gave it the beans. But now, after I got it all back together, it won't start. Like it won't even try. I pulled the plug, it's got spark, and the carb is getting fuel. I know 2 strokes are stupid simple (although I admit this is my first non weed-eater 2 stroke, lol), so what am I missing? I can't imagine I've completely clogged up the carb, just from replacing the fuel line (it has an inline filter, too). THis does bring up another question. I was going to take the carb off and give it a real good once over on the bench, but I got a little stumped with the throttle cable. It's got a cap that's threaded on top of the carb that the throttle cable goes into. What's the trick for removing the cable so I can take the carb to the bench? I pulled the float bowl off with the cable still attached and there's no signs of buildup, it's rather clean inside!
  14. Yeah, like I said above, that was my problem too. Not many used bikes, especially in my price range... I pretty much bought the first bike that I saw that was within 100 miles of me. I'd say if you find one that is in good condition, don't pass on it, even if it might be "undersized". Better to ride an undersized bike, than no bike at all while you wait for that "perfect" bike. I found very early on that having an under powered bike makes you a better rider because you are forced to focus on your riding skills. With a big bike you just hammer the throttle and hang on.
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