800Gs Rear suspension Preload/Damping Settings?

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by berkly, Sep 13, 2008.

  1. berkly

    berkly Adventurer

    Jun 8, 2008
    So let me know if i have this right.

    From the manual:
    Standard Preload settings is the knob turned maximum counter-clockwise, which is set for 187lb rider + full tank of gas

    Maximum allowable weight is 520lbs

    It takes 20 FULL turns of the preload knob to reach the maximum

    Roughly 330lbs of adjustability in the preload

    330lbs/20turns = 16.5lbs per turn

    So I weigh 230lbs, which is a difference of roughly 40lbs from standard, divided by 16.5lbs/turn equals roughly 2.42turns,

    lets call it 2.5 turns of preload tension which is 10% overall

    THe manual calls for preload and damping settings to match or be pretty close. Adjust the damping softer/clockwise for rougher roads and harder/counter-clockwise for smoother roads.

    Damping standard for again a 187lb rider and full tank is screwed all the way clockwise minus 1.5 clicks back counter-clockwise. What the FUCK is a click???:huh My shit dont click when i turn it. Is it a full turn and a half? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

    i know this is frivelous and for most situations, standard settings will get you down the road, but I just want to learn, and Im a geek YFF.:freaky
  2. levity

    levity nano-Adventurer

    May 19, 2004
    Irvine, Calif.

    Don't try to calculate the preload adjustment - just measure your sag and use the adjuster to set it correctly.
    Crank it in until you have apx 2.5-3" sag with you and whatever gear/luggage you ride with.

    A guy your size may want to get a heavier spring. I'm ~170 lb, so the sag is just right for me with minimal preload - knob about 1 turn in.

    If you have too much rear sag, the steering will be even slower. (I raised my forks ~1/4" to improve the handling.)
  3. JRWooden

    JRWooden never attribute to malice...

    Jul 5, 2008
    North Carolina
    Based on how mine came from the dealer I "assumed" (and yes I know what that means :lol3) that one "click" = one full turn.