04 RM 125 shock+fork review

marcusgunby

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Nothing that interesting to report-it does have alot less LS than most shocks i have seen-however to ride it you would never know.It does use a very stiff spring(5kg/mm)maybe thats the stiff feel???I have a 4.6 now but it still has alot of free sag(i weigh 165lb)

any questions?

the forks as i said before, i have only looked at the passive side, 2 stage stack, and it has loads of HSC and not much LSC.Very small cross over as well.
 

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Marcus,youre not using softer springs in the forks? Isnt it unusual if the front/rear balance is so wrong from the factory?
 

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It seems that suzuki have a imbalanced setup front to rear-the 03 was the same.Stiff rear ok front, The KX was as well a little.The Euro Crs are not imbalanced like the US versions.
 
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I rode the '04 rm125 and rmz250 this week. The rm125 suspension was pretty bad, stiff as hell, i felt every little bump. The rmz however was a totally different story, it was very plush and nice. Cant understand why they make them so different.
 
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Originally posted by pyromaniac
I rode the '04 rm125 and rmz250 this week. The rm125 suspension was pretty bad, stiff as hell, i felt every little bump. The rmz however was a totally different story, it was very plush and nice. Cant understand why they make them so different.
Was it the testride suzuki have in sweden??? Espen Blikstads bike???
 
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The RM125 is Suzukis own while the RMZ is largely Kawasaki. Suzuki spec'd the engine and kawaskai built everything else. THats why they seem so different.
 
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Whats the difference between the 03 and 04? I have a 2003 but I felt the rear was kinda soft and the front could use with a wee bit more HS compression damping, but on the whole pretty good suspension. I was contemplating putting race tech gold valves in but then I was thinking to my self the stock suspension was pretty killer can race tech really make it noticably better? I mean the only wish that I have now is I could blast through braking bumps WFO.
 

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trialsmasta the 03 does have less HS damping in the forks than the 04, but the 04 has less LS(this is for the forks) the shock valving is totally different.

i think it could be improved but i feel the std 03 was different to you when i rode one-maybe the US models are different.
 
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Do you know what any of the shim stacks are for either the 03 or 04? Assuming that they used the same pistons I'm curious what they did differently.
 

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the forks are slightly different, i think the 04 rm forks are more like the CR forks, they have longer springs and other different bits from what i can seee.

i think the 03 forks are essentially the same as 02- its a 2 stage passive valve so it should be easy enough to tune- i messed with the midvalve and the forks got quite stiff and harsh so i put it back to stock.