And just to bring a bit of perspective to all this, if you weigh more than about 150 - 170 pounds, the stock spring is pretty much just useless mush. In other words, preload it all you want, but the stock spring rate is far too low for many riders. You can't adjust the stock suspension to work correctly if your personal displacement is outside this range -- you're rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic here.
If you're on the larger side, crank up the preload all the way and leave it there until you save up the pennies to send your shock to Sasquatch for a rebuild and a proper spring.
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Last edited by bwringer; 03-06-2011 at 12:21 AM.