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Hey everyone, been awhile since I've been on here but I've been spending my summer very being very busy! :mrgreen:

Anyways, I'm leaving tomorrow morning for a 6 day trip to California and back (I know it's short notice but hey why not), and I decided to finally put in my 0.95 Sonic Springs I bought off of someone on here last night. I followed the instructions, and put back in order, spring, washer, spacer, spring, and then the cap threaded back in. I buttoned everything back up and left the preload adjusters all the way up or at 0 and checked my sag and after multiple checks i was right about 33-35 mm total sag. I was shooting for 40~ish because that is what i had set on my stock front springs and also what about my Wee should be.

So some background, last year i flushed the forks and upgraded to 15wt fork oil at about 150mm, and other than that my front suspension is stock (besides the springs and spacers now). Also I did measure the PVC spacers supplied with my springs and they are 4.25 inches (checked with calipers)

One thing I noticed is that the instructions call for one extra washer between my preload adjuster and the spacer than what I had before?

So my question to those of you who know suspension out there is, what should i do? My options as i see them are:

1.) Leave as is and see what happens?

2.) Take caps back off, pull out pvc spacer and put back in stock spacer (stock is slightly shorter than pvc one)?

3.) Take out just the extra washer that was between the spacer and preload adjuster?

4.) Put it back to stock for my trip and fiddle with it later when I get back?

Right now I'm leaning towards #2 to try and reduce the preload by putting back in the stock spacer, luckily it only takes me about 30 minutes or less to open the top of my shocks up.

Help??! :headbang:
 

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Assuming 0.95kg spring suitability is within YMMV range of your weight ( u didn't publish your weight), I would just cut the spacer down 10mm and use the adjuster to fine tune your sag.
 

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Assuming 0.95kg spring suitability is within YMMV range of your weight ( u didn't publish your weight), I would just cut the spacer down 10mm and use the adjuster to fine tune your sag.
Shoot! I knew I was forgetting something. I'm about 200 pounds geared up to ride.

I hadn't considers cutting the spacer, but I like that idea even more. I would definitely like to have to put some turns on the adjuster so I have to option to "soften" up if I feel like it.
 

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The original spacers might be just right without the bother of cutting the new ones.

Try 10 wt fork oil, or maybe even home-brew a bit thinner than that. The .95 are on the sporty side for your weight--not bad, but maybe not plush.
 

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I'm about your weight fully geared up (180 naked). I've got .90 & 10 wt. with near OE length spacers & 40mm sag. I did have to add some preload, so I'm thinking about putting longer spacers in.
 

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I'm #250 and I have 95's in my bike and they're plenty stiff even at my weight. I'm running 10w with mine and I cut my spacers so that the total length is the same as the stock springs with the stock spacers.
 

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...2.) Take caps back off, pull out pvc spacer and put back in stock spacer (stock is slightly shorter than pvc one)?...
This is the way to go. Essentially, the only parts you replace are the springs. Spacers/washers remain the same as stock.
 

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...I cut my spacers so that the total length is the same as the stock springs with the stock spacers.
That's the most common mistake people make. With the stiffer springs you need less preload, i.e. the total spring/spacer length needs to be shorter than stock.
 

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That's the most common mistake people make. With the stiffer springs you need less preload, i.e. the total spring/spacer length needs to be shorter than stock.
Prolly don't even NEED the spacers.....I'd try em without the spacers, 10wt oil and let er rip
 

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You will need spacers (at least for sonic springs length)...

Base on what i used, I second PT Riders assessment that 0.95, though within range, is probably on the sporty side for your 200lbs gear up weight - of course you might like it that way.

I cant remember what the stock spacer length was , but since you know the results of the current PVC spacer, you can measure it and see how it compares with the stock spacer length and go from there.

If i were you, i would aim for a rider sag of 42mm (30% of measured 140mm fork travel) with my fork adjuster in the middle of the adjustment range (about 10mm). This is for touring road rides.
 

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Thanks all for replies...

I ended up just putting the forks back together they way they were and what I was familiar with for my ride to Cali and back. I might try and mess with it now that I have some time, or just sell these ones and pick up some 0.9's which I think will better suit me anyways.

I still had issues getting my front sag adjusted after I put it back together, but it rode fine and felt like it always did from the last time I adjusted it and got correct sag values. I'm glad I recorded the setting on my stock springs!

I'll update if I get anywhere with these 0.95's. :thumbup:
 
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