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post #1 of 19 Old 06-27-2012, 02:08 PM Thread Starter
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07 dl650a Assessing and adjusting a previous custom suspension

2weeks ago I bought a very well maintained and farkled 2007 dl650a with 30K kms. It was the first time I had even ridden a Wee. It seems great to me set-up as is but then I don't have much experience. I asked the dealer if he could find out some details about the bike including the weight of the previous owners but he wasn't able to tell me anything. I believe most of the work done to this bike was by the first owner who used to be a member here (YYZ Dave).

From what I can see and from what was in the original owners info there is:
An Elka 3-way rear spring with remote reservoir
A Superbrace
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Here is a copied post, describing his Elka install
"I wound the collar down 9mm and ended up with 30mm of sag (using no hydraulic pre-load). I didn't have my riding gear on or my topbox installed, so I should be right in the ballpark. This will leave me all of the hydraulic pre-load to adjust for 2-up riding and touring luggage. "


So. . . now I am wondering about the suspension and if it needs to be tweaked for me? and also how I change it for different riding conditions? I mostly ride solo on paved roads but have already ridden it on gravel roads and 2-up and is how I will continue to ride. I was surprised how good the bike felt 2-up. I weigh almost 200 lbs before gear and wear a 32 inch inseam pant and I just barely flat-foot it when my weight is on the gel seat.

Any tips where to start?

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post #2 of 19 Old 06-27-2012, 05:09 PM
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The first thing to do is to set the sag. The Science and Black Magic of Suspension Setup

The shock's hydraulic preload knob is in your second picture. The forks have preload screws on the top in your last picture. If you need less preload on the shock than the hydraulic adjuster will allow, you'll need to let up on the manual adjuster. Unless you compress the springs turning the manual adjuster will also turn the hydraulic collar and that can't be done with the shock in place because the collar has a hose on it. The hose position needs to keep the same angle so the collar has to be moved in full turns. There is also a set screw in the manual collar to keep it from turning on its own. I hope you can get the sag in range with the hydraulic unit alone.

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Like so many others before me, I too thank you greywolf.

I am guessing that I should use the sag values recommended by Elka (25-35mm for both front and rear) and not those in the helpful link that you found and attached?

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Your travel on a Wee is more like 150mm rather than the 160mm of the Vee in that article. 25% of that is 37.5mm so they do seem at odds. The idea is to avoid topping out or bottoming out the suspension. I would more toward the 35mm end of things and see how that goes if the Elka can be set there with the external adjuster. I'd only play with the manual collar if the suspension was topping out at the lowest preload setting with the lightest load or bottoming out on the highest setting with the greatest load. I had an Elka on my old bike and it was fine at 40mm laden.

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40mm of total sag works well on the Stroms.

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I wonder if that 25-35mm was a general street bike figure. Stroms have more travel than the typical street bike.

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Great, thanks!
That's 40 front and rear?

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Great, thanks!
That's 40 front and rear?
That worked for me.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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Oh yeah, so when I am on 1) dirt roads or 2) 2-up (how) should I be adjusting the suspension(s) once i get the preload right?

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For 2 up, you'll need more rear preload to get 40mm of sag with both of you on the bike. The front will stay the same as the exrta load really doesn't affect the front. 40mm with the load you'll be carrying for street or dirt should be fine. You might want to establish what preload settings will give you 40mm with the various passenger and luggage loads you'll be running.

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Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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