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post #1 of 16 Old 02-06-2017, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
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Rear Shock Adjusting

Is it OK to adjust the shock while not on the center stand? Is it effective if the weight is on the tires?
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That works fine. If the preload adjuster sticks. it isn't because of the weight on the tires but lack of use. Exercise it regularly. If it sticks, you can take the knob off and use a socket wrench on the nut inside the housing to get more force to break it free.
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As GW says.

The only time I had issue cranking up preload with pillion in the back. Even then reducing preload isn't an issue. Got the point could adjust without getting off the bike, just stand up.
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What's the proper way to adjust suspension? I'm talking proper preload rebound etc


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Setting preload or sag. 40mm at each end is a good number.

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For rebound damping. If the suspension packs down riding a washboard surface, there is too much rebound damping. If it pogos, there isn't enough.
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What's the proper way to adjust suspension? I'm talking proper preload rebound etc


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I am not very scientific about it I go by balance. I am happy if front and back feel similar going over pothole if one feels stiffer than other than bike will be unsettled - make adjustments.

When preload set and not enough rebound it will feel bouncy and try to kick you up, if too much it feels dead and makes second hit feel harder.. set in the middle.. (usually ends up a compromise on a lighter side for loaded heavier for not as I don't like fiddling with it)
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Setting preload or sag. 40mm at each end is a good number.

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For rebound damping. If the suspension packs down riding a washboard surface, there is too much rebound damping. If it pogos, there isn't enough.
I understand P[pogo, but what do you mean by "packs down" ? Is that when it feels like the Jolly Green Giant has your bike by the tail and is pulling it backwards on the 'boards?
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I understand P[pogo, but what do you mean by "packs down" ? Is that when it feels like the Jolly Green Giant has your bike by the tail and is pulling it backwards on the 'boards?
He means the same thing the suspension compresses and doesn't return to initial state so second and following hits feel stiffer/too much preload.
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He means the same thing the suspension compresses and doesn't return to initial state so second and following hits feel stiffer/too much preload.
*rebound, not preload.

The bummer about the rear is that there is only one adjustment. Initially I thought it adjusted both the rebound and compression, but now I need to double check, it may just be the rebound can someone chime in?


Rebound is set to how stiff/slowly you want the oil returning. Set it soft for the suspension to be quicker and stiff to be slower.
Alot of road imperfections, chattering, like a brick road, set to soft, long whoops set to hard.

I set my preload a little higher, I rather top out than bottom out.
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