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Rear Rebound Damping

I'm looking at trying to get my suspension dialed in over the next week or so. Been reading all of the posts on suspension set up here, especially liked Gustavo's and his 'Black Magic'. I think after several hours of reading I've finally got a fairly good grasp on what I'm doing. Just for reference I weigh ~ 185#.

Just have one question about setting the rear rebound damping. The owners manual says factory recommended is 5 clicks out from fully seated. Is fully seated all the way towards 'H' or 'S'? Also, are the recommendations I've read on here (ie going 8-10 clicks) referring to starting at 'H' or 'S'?

Hope that makes sense, thanks guys.

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Nobody? I'm assuming fully seated is all the way High since thats how the front is set up. Just want to be sure though, you know what they say about assuming!

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Yes, it's the number of clicks out from Hardest setting... What is your rear spring preload at (#1 is softest), and what are your fork spring preload (turns clockwise from most counterclockwise setting) and rebound damping (turns out counterclockwise from screwed in closed) settings at?

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There are 13 clicks on the rear damping. The factory setting of 5 clicks is close, I usually have it around 7 depending on how I am riding.

If it feels like the rear tire is soft, go up (towards H) one or two clicks on the damping.

Try it on all the way soft and try it on all the way hard. Get a feel for it.

For the rear spring, I found each notch changes the sag about 5mm. I keep it on notch #2 or 3 from the lightest or lowest setting. (longest spring) I weigh 199.9 lbs.

Factory setting of 5 for the SPRING is way too stiff for solo riding for me. The rear suspension is topped out with no rider at that setting.

For ME it is 20 mm sag with the rear spring preload all the way up (shortest spring) setting #7 from the bottom and Me on the bike.
25 mm on notch #6
30mm on notch #5
35mm on #4
40 on #3
45 on #2
50mm on #1 All the way down or minimal preload

#5 or 6 on the rear spring is good with a passenger. I have no saddle bags or rear trunk. Not even a rack.

On expressways or long rides I set the rear much lighter for spring and rebound.

spring on bottom or #2, Rebound on 9 from all the way in. This setting is "Princess" Solo rider. Just don't' try to ride the bike like a hooligan, it will bounce all over. Its comfy on long rides.

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Rear preload is set at #3 with damping right in the middle. Not sure on the front as I haven't messed with it yet. From what I gathered reading I was going to try 5-6 turns out from fully seated (which I think as all the way clockwise) so 9-10 turns the way you're asking Invader, with damping around 1 turn out. Thoughts?

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Does that sound correct?

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That sounds good, as long as you not bottoming out your forks. You could still try 3/4 turn out on fork rebound damping, and a click or two increased rear damping. I'm at 3 turns out from max fork spring preload, but with 4 psi air pressure (I capped my forks cooled to 32F when I changed fork oil, to have 4 psi at 72F, and which is equal to about maximum sspring preload to prevent bottoming out), and 1/2 turn out on fork damping.

The real problem with the rear is the stiffer than ideal spring (~940 lb/in). My aftermarket shock with 800 lb/in spring is perfect (I weigh 210 lbs).

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there is no need to get spooked about suspension
adjustments are easy, just follow the guidance and remember,
it is just like adding the proper spice mix to a big pot of road-kill chili
......a little at a time!

PLUS, adjustments are just like tightening or loosening a regular bolt & nuts.
Think of the damper/spring unit as the bolt:
And then "righty-tighty....lefty-loosey"
BUT on the shock, it translates to righty is firmer/tighter (tighty)
and lefty is softer/looser (loosey)

simple eh???
....and just do a couple clicks at a time, them go ride and test.
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