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Suspension Question

Well, I'm kind if an idiot when it comes to suspension, don't know much about it. I followed the directions (somewhere in this forum) for proper sag. My question is, when driving down the highway and hit a moderate bump or dip the bike and my body seems to get jolted around a bit. Just seems way to rough.

Is this so soft of suspension and my body is dropping to much through the bump or to stiff and not absorbing enough? I can't seems to find the right setting for me. I'm 6'1" and about 230lbs. I would have to look again but I think the suspension settings are pretty high except the rear one that needs the tool to adjust (sorry I forget which one that is), it's on 5.

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If you are talking about jolts from sharp, expansion joints then you need to lessen the compression damping to allow the shock to respond quick enough to the sharp bumps. Keep in mind the preload settings are only used to set sag, which is set in response to weight of the rider or riders. Damping settings control the flow of the oil inside the shock, thus the speed of the shock to respond to irregularities in the road. here is a guide put out by Sport Rider magazine.
http://www.sportrider.com/suspension...ide/index.html

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We only have rebound damping and spring preload adjustments... For your weight, I would say about 3 turns out (less if you bottom out) from maximum preload on your forks, with 1/2 - 3/4 turn out rebound damping, and #4 (middle) rear preload (solo, no gear) with 9 clicks out from Hardest rebound damping.
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Just got home from work. I'll do some more reading and playing when I get up.

Right now Rear preload is 5 with rebound one less than high. So do you mean "9 clicks out from Hardest rebound damping" I need to go the other way with rear rebound (softer)?
Front is about 1/2 a turn off of hard on the screw (rebound if I remember correctly) and I would have to check the preload, but it's somewhere close to that, maybe a bit lower. Before I went to work yesterday I increased the front rebound to where it is now and the front seems better, just need to play with the rear now.

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Right now Rear preload is 5 with rebound one less than high. So do you mean "9 clicks out from Hardest rebound damping" I need to go the other way with rear rebound (softer)?
If one less than high means 1 click softer than hardest position, then yes; you could try it at 8 clicks softer than you're at to be at 9 clicks out from 'H' towards 'S' with preload #4, or at about 8 clicks out with preload #5... At 200 lbs, mine is great at #3 preload with 11 clicks out rebound damping.
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I'll give it a try. Thanks for the advice.

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We only have rebound damping and spring preload adjustments..
Sorry about that...I was thinking about the Elka. Spaced out on the fact he had the stock shock. What Invader said...

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Just got home from work, much better ride. Kind of just ride though the bumps rather than it feeling like I hit them.
Thanks for the help.

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