I've been lurking here a while. Tons of great info here!
I have 99 YZ250 that I am slowly converting over from a MX bike to Woods bike. I am 6' 195lbs. I grew up riding trails, then MX, took a 15 year hiatus riding sport bikes and have come full circle back to woods riding
So far I have Maier XC Bark busters (hides my $$ ASV levers!), tuned the suspension for trail riding vs. MX. (still stock spring rates, changed to 5 wt fork oil and the recommended woods oil height), gripper seat, and I have a FMF SST pipe & Q silencer. Running a S12 front and Pirelli MX eXTra rear.
Honestly the thing already seems pretty dang good in the woods.
I've slowly been rebuilding all wear parts, the shock bushings are next on the list.
I'm ordering a 13 oz Stealthy FWW, from all the recomendations I've seen on here. Although I don't have a huge problem stalling in the tight stuff, but I'm usually in first for a lot of that.
So my question is; What gearing is everyone running or is it just more personal preference?
It seems to me that 2nd is just a tad too high for the tight stuff, where I end up lugging around and possible loading up. So my thought was to go up in gear ratio. Stock is 14-50:3.57. I have an extra 48th rear so was thinking about 13-48:3.69, which will probaby require a 112 link chain vs the stock 520-114.
Or, is the stock gearing fine and I just need to pick up speed in the tight stuff? I think the WR's run a 13/49? But the trans ratios are different.
I also was wondering about replacing my bars. I have some standard YZ bend909 alum 7/8" bars now. I'd like a more sweep, rise and something a little narrower for the tight stuff. Any recommendations? I was eyeing the Pro Taper Hi Woods, or CR High bends. Are fat bars really any better for woods riding? I guess the 7/8 to 1 1/8 adapters just look like a waste to me.
Any other recommendations for mods or setup?