M.A.M. Racing team
Well done! Work on the front to get it to YOUR likeing and trust and then when you are done with that move to the rear. Work one at a time forget the sliding it is controlable for the time being,trusting the front is what makes you fast,when you get that forget about it and work on rear traction.Racers with rear issues in a race will more likely win the race that of a racer with front issues.So if you are comfy with the front then the rear setup will be a peice of cake :note, a ttx is hard to tune because its a high speed shock with a topout spring in it,You have to look at tire wear to understand what its doing, you cannot bounce a ttx a see a difference in the rebound stroke like other shocks,its a great shock if tuned properly.My setup for a ttx is 0.90spring 14mm installed preload with no additinal preload so it sits lower in the stroke and 305mm eye to eye shock length with a 200/60/17 Pirelli slick and the axcel further back and from there on i work with the damping....Good luck with your racing.The tire looks good from what i can see from the foto.Thanks all for the help and suggestions! You as well M.A.M, I will be looking at that sag number in the front. Here's the update from last weekend's race. From the get-go, the bike felt great. It took most of the Friday trackday to get used to the changes, trying different areas of the track here and there. But, by Saturday's race, I was very comfortable and the bike felt dialed in! No more front end issues. It felt great and no bottoming out under hard braking, and I still have 20mm of travel to play with!
By race two the rear needed a little tweaking. It was tearing up the new tire pretty fast. I removed one turn of preload and two turns of rebound. It cleaned up pretty quickly. But other than that, the bike was not sliding nearly as much, and I felt very confident coming out of the corners. There was a little sliding, but very predictable. I did 1 practice session, qualifiying and 2 six lap races and the tire was done. Although, I did take a 1st and 2nd place in both races and put down a personal best time of 1:52.9, which is a time of most experts, and I didn't fell out of shape doing it. I had to chase down 1st place, but I caught him with one lap to go and was able to hold him off (Brent) :yesnod
For Sunday's race, I had to put on a new tire for two more races. It was very windy and ugly so I wasn't pushing too hard. I almost took another first place, but barely missed and took 2 second places! Here's a picture of the tire after 1 practice session and 2 races. The track temp was kind of cold, but I was running a decent pace and the tire looks pretty good to me..
I also had a buddy that normally races a 600 take my bike out for a spin. He was throughly impressed how the bike handled. He said it tipped in easy, felt very stable under braking, cornered well, etc. That was great to hear from someone riding a smaller, more nimble bike!