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Rear suspension issues
« on: July 18, 2017, 04:56:45 AM »
TO be fair, the issues are with the driver, as im a big boy  (125kg or 275lb or 19st ) and i usually ride with the wife, adding another 60 kg and with gear and stuff, lets say total 200 kg or 440lb (manual says max 185 kg (408 lb) ) :156:

I have adjusted the rear spring load , when i noticed that my light beam was to high . But i do not remember at what position . I am pretty sure it was 1 or 2 before the max. How i can safely tell, without damaging it ?
From the manual Attempting to adjust directly from 1 to 9 or 9 to 1 may damage the shock absorber.

Also i am thinking maybe i should soften the front ?  Or maybe i should leave it the way it is, and just adjust the light beams ? Because to be honest, at this set up the bike feels fine and steers fine.

I am also guessing i need to invest on an after market suspension, both shock and spring?
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Re: Rear suspension issues
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2017, 11:54:40 PM »
If the bike handles OK, I would adjust the light.
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Re: Rear suspension issues
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2017, 12:42:00 PM »
The manual means do not go all the way from 1-9 in one step. Adjust a few steps, ride it a bit then adjust more. Since you have already adjusted and are close to max and have ridden it you won't hurt it by turning it to max then back to where it currently is. That's the only way I know to find out your current setting. But unless you are just curious you don't need to do that. If you are happy with the current setting leave it alone and adjust the angle of the headlight.
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Re: Rear suspension issues
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2017, 11:12:35 AM »
My thoughts exactly,  thanks!
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Re: Rear suspension issues
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2017, 12:49:16 PM »
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The manual means do not go all the way from 1-9 in one step.
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I read that as don't turn off the steep end of the cam letting the spring hammer down in one go.

I may be wrong.
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Re: Rear suspension issues
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2017, 12:48:15 PM »
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I read that as don't turn off the steep end of the cam letting the spring hammer down in one go.

I may be wrong.

I agree... I read that as do not adjust from 9 to 1, but back-track via 8, 7, 6 etc.
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Re: Rear suspension issues
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2017, 08:52:57 PM »
I am 230lbs in gear and I carry about 60lbs in gear when I travel. I ride solo. I blew my original rear shock at about 10,000 miles with 8500 miles with the shock set on 9. It wasn't the shock settings fault. It's just a weak shock. I installed a 1999 CBR-600F4 (not F4i) rear shock and one-inch spacers in the forks. It just a little stiff in the rear with the shock preload backed off and the adjusters backed off.
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« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2017, 11:24:48 PM »
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I am 230lbs in gear and I carry about 60lbs in gear when I travel. I ride solo. I blew my original rear shock at about 10,000 miles with 8500 miles with the shock set on 9. It wasn't the shock settings fault. It's just a weak shock. I installed a 1999 CBR-600F4 (not F4i) rear shock and one-inch spacers in the forks. It just a little stiff in the rear with the shock preload backed off and the adjusters backed off.
I have a GSX-R 1000 shock sitting here for over a month now . I tried to loosen the bolts on the lower shock triangle and they would not budge even with an impact after soaking them in liquid wrench overnight. I bought new nuts and bolts but have yet to tackle the job. Scared that I might break something since I don't have a garage for it to sit in while I get new parts (if needed). Hate the OE shock its nothing but a weak pogo stick.
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Re: Rear suspension issues
« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2017, 01:09:51 AM »
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I have a GSX-R 1000 shock sitting here for over a month now . I tried to loosen the bolts on the lower shock triangle and they would not budge even with an impact after soaking them in liquid wrench overnight. I bought new nuts and bolts but have yet to tackle the job. Scared that I might break something since I don't have a garage for it to sit in while I get new parts (if needed). Hate the OE shock its nothing but a weak pogo stick.

I used a 1/2 inch breaker bar on the bolt heads and a 1/2 inch ratchet on the nuts. It took a little grunting to break them loose. There appeared to be a thread locker on top of the lock nuts to hold everything together.
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