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    adjusting Íhlins

    I bought a 2006 GS about a year ago, it came with Íhlins front and rear suspension. Have not had much time to enjoy bike but getting ready to take it on a longer trip. I will of course add some gear and total load,rider and gear, should be around 350lb. Bike is set up a bit soft for my taste. Will only be riding on road and would like to firm everything up a bit. The Suspension did not come with any manuals. The question is how to adjust it as in"adjust all the way firm and back off so many clicks"
    Are there any charts or good posts regarding this out there ?
    Thanks in advance for pointing me in the right direction.
    Karsten

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    Providing the springs are right for you and the bike, to start with the front should have 5mm of preload to start. 25 to 30% of the travel should be sag with you on the bike. Rebound clicker 12 clicks out initial setting. The rear has 8mm of spring preload. Sag should be about the same, 25%. Rebound 12 clicks out, compression 14 clicks. Those settings are to start. When I received my Ohlins the spring rate was ok for the front. Way too stiff in the rear. Ohlins sent me another spring n/c. They were good to work with.

    Don't confuse spring rate and ride height. They are not the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 47512 View Post
    Providing the springs are right for you and the bike, to start with the front should have 5mm of preload to start. 25 to 30% of the travel should be sag with you on the bike. Rebound clicker 12 clicks out initial setting. The rear has 8mm of spring preload. Sag should be about the same, 25%. Rebound 12 clicks out, compression 14 clicks. Those settings are to start. When I received my Ohlins the spring rate was ok for the front. Way too stiff in the rear. Ohlins sent me another spring n/c. They were good to work with.

    Don't confuse spring rate and ride height. They are not the same.
    thanks for the info, exactly what I was looking for.

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    This is an excellent article about adjusting shocks ...

    http://web.archive.org/web/200304201...n%20Tuning.htm
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