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post #1 of 7 Old 06-02-2011, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
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Shock settings?

Sorry if this has been covered before, if it has can you please link the thread/s? I didn't pull up what I needed with my search,...

I'm trying to setup my suspension and the users manual really doesn't give much info on the subject. I'm sure after I get it setup initially, I'll need to make on the fly adjustments for heavier/lighter loads. For the CA bikes it looks like a few parts need to be removed to access the spring preload adjustment bolt. Hmmmm.

Any tips or tricks would be greatly appreciated.

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post #2 of 7 Old 06-02-2011, 10:17 PM
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When I was racing for Fox motocross there was an entire team just for setting the suspension on the bikes…. I was once told “it would be easier to translate the bible or explain the thought pattern of a women then to understand the science of suspension systems” This will be a problem you will fight your entire riding life. I do have some cheat sheets that I grabbed one time, They are in one of my riding bags. When I have some time I will find them and put the info on here…
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post #3 of 7 Old 06-02-2011, 10:31 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Jake.
I do have some experience with setting up the suspension on my other bike. It's a sport bike and as such I really don't need to constantly change the settings because my riding style and the weight load on the bike doesn't change dramatically.
I'm really more curious as to what type of adjustments you guys are making going from road to dirt or commuting to fully loaded touring. Or maybe you guys just leave it alone and just ride,...

Thanks again,
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Thanks Jake.
I do have some experience with setting up the suspension on my other bike. It's a sport bike and as such I really don't need to constantly change the settings because my riding style and the weight load on the bike doesn't change dramatically.
I'm really more curious as to what type of adjustments you guys are making going from road to dirt or commuting to fully loaded touring. Or maybe you guys just leave it alone and just ride,...

Thanks again,
Chuck

The forks don't have any external adjustment. They have ATF in them from the factory, too much dive for me so I put in 15 wt. a bit higher than stock.

The shock has rebound adjust at the bottom and spring preload (no compression). You have to remove the charcoal vapor cannister and bracket by the battery to access the preload. It has five settings as you turn the bolt (resets back to 1 if you keep turning). I keep mine at 4 to raise the rear end a bit, my rebound is set fairly fast because the shock is soft even with 170 lb. me on board.

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I was once told “it would be easier to translate the bible or explain the thought pattern of a women then to understand the science of suspension systems”

Not that I know it's true because I know nothing of suspension systems, but this is one of the best quotes I've heard in quite some time. I'll tell you right now I'm gonna plagiarize it for my own use in certain situations.



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Preload = 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (always turn the adjuster CW) depends on your weight and SAG setting.

Rebound = 1, 2, 3, 4 Usually the setting is 2 or 3. I test it on speed bumps to see when the rear end stops jumping.

Forks = the Gen2 (41mm) forks are much better than the Gen1 (38mm). I don't like using heavier weight fork oil to compensate for a poor fork design. The simple is to install Progressive fork springs with spacer, use ATF.

My used A19 came with the Progressive springs. I added longer spacers, changed the fork oil (ATF) level to 170mm below the top of the fork. Then I was given Ricor Intiminator fork valves with Amsoil synthetic 5w. This made a big difference and calmed the forks down to a performance level. Later I installed MotoWizard Preload Adjusters and removed the spacers. Makes it easy to fine tune your forks without removing the fork caps.

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Here lies the problem with suspension settings. “Its like having your shoes untied, yes you can still walk and run, and you do this for years. Then someone comes along and ties your shoes for you ---- WOW… THIS IS AMAZING… I cant believe I never tied my shoes before”.
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