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Shocking discovery (for me)

I'm sure this is previously in the forums, however I'm not 100% sure what it is to look for.

So I was waxing my bike last night and discovered that on the top of my front fork (right side) that there is a bolt.

Looks to be adjustable with a straight blade screwdriver. Counterclockwise had an S and clockwise had a H.

Is this suspension adjustment?? Or rather should I say preload and what not.. sorry for the noob terms. I'm new
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I'm sure this is previously in the forums, however I'm not 100% sure what it is to look for.

So I was waxing my bike last night and discovered that on the top of my front fork (right side) that there is a bolt.

Looks to be adjustable with a straight blade screwdriver. Counterclockwise had an S and clockwise had a H.

Is this suspension adjustment?? Or rather should I say preload and what not.. sorry for the noob terms. I'm new
IIRC it's the damping/rebound rate adjustment for the front suspension. If you look at the rear shock there's an adjuster on the lower side as well, does the same thing.


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Has anyone adjusted theirs from stock? I would say 80% of my driving is rural highways and country roads. Not terribly rough terrain but these country roads in Illinois are about as rough as our farm driveway
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just count the number of turns so you can return it to your current setting.
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I think I will just tinker with it and figure out what I like best.
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I plan to do a lot more with the bike considering I finally got a garage today!! Screw the car, the bikes getting all 13'x8' to itself
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Has anyone adjusted theirs from stock? I would say 80% of my driving is rural highways and country roads. Not terribly rough terrain but these country roads in Illinois are about as rough as our farm driveway
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I would suggest before you "tinker" to read the "black art" thread and really understand what happens when adjusting both front and rear.

It's a good read with lots of info. Also, your owners manual (Pg 138 IIRC) lists what's and how's on these suspension adjustments.

I have a new 2014 and set everything to factory...then adjusted from there. I didn't trust it was "At factory" when I bought it...now I know where I'm at for sure.

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I plan to do a lot more with the bike considering I finally got a garage today!! Screw the car, the bikes getting all 13'x8' to itself
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I turned the shock knob clockwise all the way in and took a screwdriver and screwed that other thing all the way in.

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Has anyone adjusted theirs from stock? I would say 80% of my driving is rural highways and country roads. Not terribly rough terrain but these country roads in Illinois are about as rough as our farm driveway
i adjust the suspension on all my bikes, it makes a WORLD of difference, theres a part in the manual that shows how to set it up

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As was stated, find the factory settings in the manual and set it to that. Then tinker from there. These are set for "average" sized riders (150 - 175 lbs), so if you're well over that, you should adjust the preload accordingly. You should also check the "sag" which I'm sure is explained in the thread.
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As was stated, find the factory settings in the manual and set it to that. Then tinker from there. These are set for "average" sized riders (150 - 175 lbs), so if you're well over that, you should adjust the preload accordingly. You should also check the "sag" which I'm sure is explained in the thread.
I'm a scrawny white boy. 6'5 and 175 lbs
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I'm a scrawny white boy. 6'5 and 175 lbs
Then the stock settings should work pretty well for you. But it's still fun to tinker and see if you can find something you like better. Or maybe you want different settings if you're doing a little off road vs twisty mountain roads or a track day.
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IIRC it's the damping/rebound rate adjustment for the front suspension.
This one of a few suspension threads I've ever seen that a poster correctly spelled damping. Couldn't help but laugh since a lot of riders still write dampening.
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I lowered the bike (MotoWerk) and softened the rear preload all the way haven't touched the front, bike handles great.
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Stock settings have too much preload for someone 150lbs in my opinion. I'm 210 and I backed it off front and rear to get the sag right. I target about 30% of total travel.

Setting sag isn't complicated. You can do a google search, and in 15 min of reading understand how and why to do it. Then you can tinker productively instead of randomly :-)

I would set sag properly before messing around with damping. At 210 I have preload in the rear on third setting (from the softest) and front 8 turns out. I increased damping a bit at both ends as well but would have to check my notes in the garage.

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Discovering that small screw was the worst thing you could have done...

Gone are the days of simply enjoying the ride; now you'll constantly be thinking: 'is this right? could this be better? Ugh i don't know... maybe it's the road? I'll go back and tune it some more...' then you Google suspension tuning for years and the Pandora's box keeps opening...

Welcome to Hell ...
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Discovering that small screw was the worst thing you could have done...

Gone are the days of simply enjoying the ride; now you'll constantly be thinking: 'is this right? could this be better? Ugh i don't know... maybe it's the road? I'll go back and tune it some more...' then you Google suspension tuning for years and the Pandora's box keeps opening...

Welcome to Hell ...
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