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post #1 of 8 Old 10-03-2012, 01:55 AM Thread Starter
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Progressive Shock...

OK, on the progressive rear, is a disk 1-5 with that takes an allen wrench. Seems straight forward right? When Cabrito and I put it on, we noticed it spun REAL easy. Basically, Unless it stays on 5 it is loose and even then. It doesn't click into place really...and I definitely want it on 5 until I go offroad. I figured I'd ask around at tech day MB4, but then Arctic KLR PMd me that his is the same. WTF? Am I really about to secure that thing with Gorilla tape?

Anybody else see this on theirs?




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Sorry, I still have the regressive shock. Doh !!!
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post #3 of 8 Old 10-03-2012, 12:03 PM
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LJ, got our answer. Posting it here in case anyone else needs this search for future reference.

Just got of the phone with technical assistance at Progressive. I explained to them the play in the dampening screw and asked if it was normal. His first question was which way did you turn it? Told him clockwise, and he explained that the way the cam in the shock is set up that is the ONLY way to ever turn it.
I asked why is it so hard to go from 5-1 and was worried about stripping it, Rep said it will be more difficult to turn as it is going from the highest setting to the lowest.
Regarding the play in the screw, Rep said that that is normal and when the shock is under load it will not move. (I unfortunately am at work so I can't test it as I don't have ape arms to be on bike and check screw at same time) but it seems we're both good, just need to always turn clockwise.
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Thanks Mike. That seems like a weird way to design it...I mean, I guess I could probably set it with my finger on the trail????

Weird considering the rest of the shock is to well made and tight. I'm gonna put mine on 5 and tape the damn thing.

Let me know if it stays firm under load or I'll let you know when I get a chance to check it.

Anyone got any idea why they would make it like that???




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Thanks Mike. That seems like a weird way to design it...I mean, I guess I could probably set it with my finger on the trail????

I'm just gonna keep the Alan wrench that matches in my toolkit.

Weird considering the rest of the shock is to well made and tight. I'm gonna put mine on 5 and tape the damn thing.

I thought so too and the rep's response (not verbatim) was that the cam design on the dampener is a rod with notches in it which progressively (couldn't help myself) moves up to each notch as you set it and then releases with that large click moving from 5 down to 1.

Let me know if it stays firm under load or I'll let you know when I get a chance to check it.
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When I have my little grease monkey back this week I will have him help me check and let you know.

I think I'm going to try 4 and see how she feels as on 5 my kidneys feel every little bump on my commute. 45 minutes of it is not fun. I'll let you know what differences I feel.


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Cool, likewise.




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Hey LJ, just a quick update,
Switched the dampener down to 4 for my commute home. Bike still handled great and was smoother on the kidneys and didn't bounce. Also when I got home the screw hasn't budged. No grease-monkey yet to check it static but thought I'd let you know. Ride safe bro.


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post #8 of 8 Old 10-03-2012, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks man. I was gonna tell you. Had the exact same experience. I still think it is weird design, but I dig the shock.




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