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    ESA Question For All You Smart Guys Out There

    Scenario:
    Lets say someone disconnected the damping adjuster plug from the front shock to the main harness.

    Situation:
    Upon reconnection, one does not recall the damping position the front shock was in before some dumbass disconnected the wiring. The front shock could have been set on "Comfort" or "Normal" or "Sport".

    Challenge:
    How does one ascertain/adjust the front damping to match what is displayed on the ESA readout / and what is applied to the rear shock? I'm fairly sure that the front shock is set on Comfort while the readout and rear shock are on Normal.

    So, will the wise minds which have been so helpful in the past kindly chime in?

    Disclaimer: I may or may not have been the dumbass.

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    The GS-911 tool allows you to calibrate the ESA. A dealer would also be able to do it for you for a fee.
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    I don't think any foul there. Now, if you are sending an ESA shock off to a shop, they will want you to set it in a certain position for their reference...but never recall being told to not touch buttons prior to a reinstall. Thinking the ECU stored that info and just plug it back in and ride.

    One of the shock guys may chime in with more info, but have removed a few following model specific factory shop manual and do not recall any wording about setting in a certain mode.
    BTW, left my S in Sport/one helmet most it's life unless having to plod on an Interstate for miles. Comfort was just that...marshmellow soft and no fun in the twisties
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    Quote Originally Posted by henzilla View Post
    Comfort was just that...marshmellow soft and no fun in the twisties
    Thank you, Gentlemen. I hear what you're saying about the "Comfort" setting. When set in that mode it feels like I'm riding a pogo stick instead of a motorcycle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by henzilla View Post
    Thinking the ECU stored that info and just plug it back in and ride.
    Issue is, since I accidentally (yeah, that's it, "accidentally") unplugged the thing, I've been riding the bike...and futzing around with settings.

    I'll try the GS-911 thing and report back.

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    I would think the shock would adjust to whatever you have the setting set to when you plug it in and provide voltage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daboo View Post
    I would think the shock would adjust to whatever you have the setting set to when you plug it in and provide voltage.

    Chris
    This is what I understand to be the problem with that. The computer only knows that there are X number of pulses from minimum to maximum limits of adjustment of the pre-load. It does not know where the actuator is at except by how far it was moved from one of the two limits. Calibrating it lets it reset the actuator to a known position and defines the limits so it can figure out where to move it when a selection is made.
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    Alrighty then....we have the procedure to reset preload. Is there a procedure to reset damping? I'm fairly sure that my front rebound is "one step behind" the rear rebound. i.e. When the rebound is set to "Sport", the front is on "Normal".

    How does one ensure that both front and rear rebound adjustments are in synch?

    Thanks again, guys.
    Last edited by BC1100S; 09-27-2017 at 09:12 PM.

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