SUSPENSION: The Conversion.
I was running one BBR spring and one stocker in the forks. That was much better than stock and
a ton better than two BBR springs. I, however, wanted to spend some $$$. I put CR85 forks on. It's nice.
HOW TO DO IT????
Everyone's been asking "What needs to take place to install CR85 forks? Let me list it out for
CR85 lower triple clamp needs to be pressed out 1/4". Reger charges $60. You'll also need BBR stiffer springs
to hold up the heavier CRF150 bike. That's about $80.
you'll need something as a steering stopper. A lot of people just weld one on. Reger sells a "disposable" one
for $25. It's a billet aluminum built-on piece. Simple, but very nicely done. Disposable because it's made to bend when you crash instead of break your triple clamp, per Reger.
lastly, don't forget that you'll need the CR85 front 19" wheel with brakes. If you want to run your CRF150 wheel and
brakes, then the only way to do it is to call Reger. He makes a billet clamp (and spacers) that enable that. Good luck.
HERE'S AN UPDATE ON VALVING.
Today's 4/20/05. As for revalving, I was running 5wt, at 85mm from the top, with stock valving.
It rode alright, but every once in a while, I'd make a mistake and there was that G-out bump. "Clink!" I'd bottom.
I was going to re-valve them, but then a friend suggested I try heavier oil.
I figured it was a reason to
take my forks apart. I put in 10wt at 90mm from the top. It worked. I'm sure having 5mm more did the trick. No more bottoming.
I had the rebound at it's fastest because of the heavier oil. I still have to fiddle with the clickers, but I
don't think they make much of a difference anyway.
believe the 10wt oil also helped because I was riding in the middle of my travel stroke. The heavier oil helped me NOT
blow through the strokel so fast.
Someone asked me to describe my shock and if it was worth it. This is
what I told him:
It just depends on what your looking for and how much $$$ you have. I have a friend that bought
the $500 Works Performance shock.
It's cool. Adjustable.
I didn't have $500 to spend. Then there's the CR85 shock, but after you re-spring it, resized
it, and revalved it, it can be a
pretty expensive set-up.
Hlebo revalved my stock CRF150 un-adjustable shock. I say un-adjustable because everyone
thinks you can't tap into it. This is not so. Hlebo has been working on the CRF150 for a while. Why?
I think it's because he's at the same address as Engines Only(Not anymore), which specialized in XR's and CRF's.
Anyway, he revalved it to my weight and ability. The result? I have to admit, of all the
mods you could do to your bike, that's the best one, hands down. It's $180 so it’s not cheap, but it’s needed.
I paid an extra $40 to lengthen the shock too.
How's it ride? Awesome! My last bike was an RM125. It rides like that. For
example, if you try to do your Mike LaRocco "I'll just hammer through the whoops" imitation on your CRF150 with a stock shock,
you'll bottom everywhere. If you try it with
a BBR spring, the back end will swap side to side, totally uncontrollably. On my bike now, it tracks through them straight
and controlled. Keep in mind that I have two 150's. I was riding them back to back to compare. It's night and day.
P.S. Now you have a 150 with good suspension like the CRF150R.
The CRF150R is still a better bike if it fits you. Keep in mind that the CRF150F's frame is sized for an adult. Lots
more leg room.
The CRF150R is sized for a child. Thus, I think the "F"
would still be better for an adult, like myself, to fit on. I'm pretty short though so I can motor around on a "R" pretty
Suspension. It's key to enjoying these bikes.