Rear Shock Adjustment

Rear Shock Adjustment

Adjustment Locations on Shocks

Rebound adjustment (if applicable) is located at the bottom of the shock. Compression adjustment (if applicable) is located on the reservoir. Spring prelude is located at the top of the shock.

Shock: Lack of Rebound

Symptoms:

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The ride will feel soft or vague and as speed increases, the rear end will want to wallow and/or weave over bumpy surfaces and traction suffers.
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Loss of traction will cause rear end to pogo or chatter due to shock returning too fast on exiting a corner.

Solution: Insufficient rebound – Increase rebound until wallowing and weaving disappears and control and traction are optimized.

Shock: Too Much Rebound

Symptoms:

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Ride is harsh, suspension control is limited and traction is lost.
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Rear end will pack in, forcing the bike wide in corners, due to rear squat. It will slow steering because front end is riding high.
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When rear end packs in, tires generally will overheat and will skip over bumps.
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When chopping throttle, rear end will tend to skip or hop on entries.

Solution: Too much rebound. Decrease rebound “gradually” until harsh ride is gone and traction is regained. Decrease rebound to keep rear end from packing.

Shock: Lack of Compression

Symptoms:

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The bike will not turn in entering a turn.
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With bottoming, control and traction are lost.
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With excessive rear end squat, when accelerating out of corners, the bike will tend to steer wide.

Solution: Insufficient compression. Increase compression “gradually until traction and control is optimized and/or excessive rear end squat is gone.

Shock: Too Much Compression

Symptoms:

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Ride is harsh, but not as bad as too much rebound. As speed increases, so does harshness.
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There is very little rear end squat. This will cause loss of traction/sliding. Tire will overheat.
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Rear end will want to kick when going over medium to large bumps.

Solution: Decrease compression until harshness is gone. Decrease compression until sliding stops and traction is regained.

[nms:rear shock,6,1,50,tbk]