ASK THE MXPERTS: FIXING MY 2018 SUZUKI RM-Z450

2018 Suzuki RM-Z450 Powerlift

2018 Suzuki RM-Z450 Powerlift

2018 Suzuki RM-Z450 PowerliftSometimes not even works forks can make a difference.

Dear MXA,

I bought a 2018 Suzuki RM-Z450. I have been a loyal Suzuki owner as far back as the two-stroke days and really liked my 2016 RM-Z450; however, I could never come to terms with the suspension on my 2018 RM-Z450. I decided to sell it and buy a KTM 450SXF; however, the price I advertised my almost-new RM-Z450 for turned out to be higher than what the dealer down the street was selling brand-new ones for. I lowered my price twice but got no takers. Given how little I could get for it and how much money I would need to upgrade to a KTM, I’ve now decided to keep my 2018 Suzuki and work on it to make it better. What I want to know from MXA is, what are the best aftermarket shocks and forks you tested on the 2018 RM-Z450?We understand your frustration with the BFRC rear shock but think that the Showa coil spring forks can be fixed with a simple re-valve (and since the 2016 that you loved came with Showa TAC air forks, we are positive that you can make the 2018 forks much more livable than the TAC forks). But, we understand if you want to change out both ends for better components. We ran aftermarket WP forks and shocks on our 2018 RM-Z450 after having good luck with them on our 2017 Honda CRF450. This is an expensive upgrade, but it is cheaper than Showa A-kit suspension and works very well. You can order the Cone Valve forks from any of five authorized WP service centers (found on the WP website). Expect to pay close to $6000 for WP Cone Valve forks and shock.

 

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