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  1. #1
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    Jan 2011

    Firebird - RC4 Mounting - Resivoir up or down?

    Hello Guys,

    After riding the RP23 for a nearly a season now, and yeah, the mid stroke blows through more than i like, i am ready to mount my 2012 RC4....

    i weigh with my gear around 185lbs and have a 400lb spring, so hopefully i will not need a softer/harder spring (fingers crossed) but they are not too much to get another though eh..

    ANYWAYS, i am wondering if i should mount the shock with the reservoir so it is at the top position or flip it around and have it mounted low.

    Seen photos from others mounted both ways...

    I would imagine it would be easier to adjust/control with it mounted at the top, and any rain/mud would not settle on the shock body as if it were mounted so the resivoir is low.

    Any thoughts or concerns?

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    Mount it with the reservoir up and it'll be fine. I'm thinking the #400 spring is gonna be a bit firm for you but it'll be pretty close depending on how much stuff you carry in your pack. I run a #350 on my Phoenix and that's pretty much dead on for me (same body weight). I also run the Boost at 170 psi and 50% volume (2 turns in). The Boost will really change how the bike rides so I recommend experimenting with it to get a feel for where you want your settings. + or -10 psi in the Boost chamber will make a noticeable change so it's important to note how it rides at different settings and adjust accordingly.
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  3. #3
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    Dec 2011
    I run #500 on the firebird and #450 of the phoenix - 45lb heavier than you guys, it's all muscle *cough*, seems to me it'll be in the ballpark.

    With it mounted up - reservoir at top, everything is easy to adjust on bike, never tried it upside down. Lower centre of mass - by the tiniest of margins?

    Most importantly let us know how it rides, coil is the best upgrade I have done.

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