Ohlins set-up

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by buckrut1972, May 29, 2013.

  1. buckrut1972

    buckrut1972 H.R. Nightmare

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    I think I searched all the right spots before I put this out there. I picked up a 03 R1150GS and it has the Ohlins suspension set up with hose mounted hydraulic spring preload adjuster. As I go from 2 up riding between my wife and daughter (80# difference) to commuting and everything in between. I'm looking for the "Dummies guide to understanding Ohlins Suspension" and how to use and set up. I've Googled it and Binged it with no avail. Any help or direction will be much appreciated.

    :bow
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  2. DesertTortoise

    DesertTortoise Freedom Fighter

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    :ear Also interested. No mechanical engineers around here to explain the diagrams in ohlins documentation to me.
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  3. middlepatent

    middlepatent Adventurer

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    Why not contact Ohlins USA in North Carolina. I have those guys to be very helpful and really into their products. Worth a shot...
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  4. Willie B

    Willie B Been here awhile

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    +1. I would contact Matt Sage @ Ohlins-USA. He's been a wealth of knowledge over the years with helping me with my bikes. I think the rear is easy to adjust from having had several and knowing how I like the bike to feel. I recently let a buddy borrow my '09 GS and got it back and immediately realized he had been monkeying with the rear shock. It took me about 5 minutes to get it back to where it was just by twisting on the knob and riding it. Hope this helps. BTW, most of the Ohlins were sprung and valved for the person who ordered them. There should be a part# on your springs and Matt can tell you what weight the bike was set up for.
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  5. marchyman

    marchyman DR and GS

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    Setup involves tape measures and friends to hold the bike steady. There are plenty of threads about this. Ideally you go through the procedure multiple times for every load possibility and note how many turns and clicks to change the settings from one to another.

    Does anybody do it that way? :dunno

    I set up the bike once for the way I most often ride. Then I position the bike on a known place on my driveway and note where the headlight hits the garage door. When I load up the bike with camping gears, whatever, I compare the current light position with my "stock" light position and adjust the preload appropriately.
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  6. marchyman

    marchyman DR and GS

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  7. Schlug

    Schlug JockeyfullofBourbon

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    put something on and stay in that position.
    Edit, everything is covered in the HoW article.

    Use a wall to lean up against if you don't have mates for assistance.
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  8. Schlug

    Schlug JockeyfullofBourbon

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    put something on and stay in that position.
    I cannot recall the static sag settings, 30mm? about a 3rd of the bike's travel is rule of thumb, no?
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  9. Zubb

    Zubb he went that-a-way...

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    Poop. This page has gone missing. I'll keep looking, and in the meantime I'll just start monkeying around with it.
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  10. marchyman

    marchyman DR and GS

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  11. HairyLeg

    HairyLeg The horror! The horror!

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    I have gotten used to how my feet touch the ground.
    If I load the bike up and my knees are too bent, I crank up the Ohlins until it "feels" normal.
    If I unload the bike and I can't get both heels comfortably on the ground, I crank it back down.

    Works for my legs, boots, arse.....
    Once you get it right you need to learn the feel.
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  12. Versys_User

    Versys_User Can I Change My User ID? LOL

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    Only thing I ever adjusted on my 1150 was the preload. I never touched the clickers on the bottom of the shock. And it handled amazing. Better than my LC lol
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