Hey mate, give us a hand adjustin' me Wilber?

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  1. Dean Ohlin

    Dean Ohlin Inner City Elite

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    A mate of mine, a recent returnee to the fold and the proud owner of a new to him MT09, said the shockie was a bit harsh and asked me if I knew how to make it "a bit better".

    Now, I know bugger-all, but one look and I'd reckon that with what he's got there's a fair chance he can make it a bit better than "a bit better".

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    Can't see any model number on it anywhere. Aware (?) the spring may not be ideal choice for his weight, but he's about 80kg, takes it easy, and mostly looking for a comfy ride. My thought was to set everything to standard or medium and work from there, but haven't a clue what's what or where to start. Any clues? Had a bit of a look online for "owners manual" type stuff but no joy.

    Any help greatly appreciated!

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  2. Redback

    Redback Average aussie bloke

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    I'm far from an expert, but for me I adjust the spring pre-load/compression to a soft setting and put the rebound halfway, then adjust it up till I get a good ride then adjust the rebound up or down to suit.

    I do it this way because on most occasions the compression comes pretty close to the standard setting of the rebound and adjusting the re-bound usually is not far off.

    Do Wllbers have anything on there page for setting up their shock, some companies do have a guide to help.
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    dicky Grinning Idiot

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    Dean Ohlin Inner City Elite

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    Great info. there, thanks gents. Now, seeing as I've already said I know bugger-all.....Is the pre-load adjustment done via what appears to be a nut and lock nut below the red rebound damping knob? AND, what direction to open and close damping adjusters?
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    dicky Grinning Idiot

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    Clockwise is closed, pre-load is with the two lock nuts (usually at the top of the spring) and the appropriate C spanner.
    The adjustment at the bottom of the spring is for ride height.
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  6. Dean Ohlin

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    Beaut, thanks again.
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    Brute Melbourne , outer east .

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    With a surname like yours I'd expect you to be a suspension expert .
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  8. Dean Ohlin

    Dean Ohlin Inner City Elite

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    Well after just a couple of very helpful responses here and compared to the other half dozen of my old fart mates standing around the bike yesterday confidently spouting opinions, I am now.!
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    Redback Average aussie bloke

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    It's all in the name you should say to your mates:D
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    Lol :lol2

    He doesn't even know anything about helmets:lol3

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    BOOTLACE Bikie Scum.

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  12. Dean Ohlin

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    True, true, but compared to yours truly, you don't really know anything about BIG.
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    diabolik37 Deadly Gubba

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    Are you saying the rumour is not true???
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    Of course it's true! :augie
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  15. Dean Ohlin

    Dean Ohlin Inner City Elite

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    Well, I certainly don't want living proof, so I withdraw.
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  16. Dr AT

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    pft, not a chance of ohlins matching that wilburs- he's asking the wrong person - take it to big willy , he'll get the shaft sorted.

    on a slightly more useful note- that's an awesome shock- just getting the preload sorted it'll be 100 % better than any other shock on the market, then you can start playing with high speed compression to stop her bottoming, then wind back the low speed compression to get as much traction as possible powering out of corrugations, then wind back to rebound to stop her getting the Hondas , then if you're not dragging pegs around corners on gravel roads you can even adjust ride height - lots of chances to frk it up - but that's big willies expertise

    seriously good shock - good luck getting the forks to match it (I had one of them on the back of my guzzi v11 lemans and even with suspension guru magic could never get the forks to come even close to the shock )
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    Cruz Lost but laughing.

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    Here I was thinking Dave was trying to help his horse out!

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    Looking back over a few of the above posts, I don't think we need anything from the horses mouth!
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  19. SaAdvRider99

    SaAdvRider99 Been here awhile

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    Was the previous owner the same weight as him?
    If they were heavier the spring may not be suitable?
    There should be some numbers on the spring to cross reference?
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  20. Dr AT

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    Pretty easy to just measure static and dynamic sag to figure that out, if you can't adjust spring tension to get both right then the wilburs distributor will be able to order the correct specs ( wilburs has a fantastic database of recomendations for bike model / rider weight and even ability - for most of us, if we're honest with those factors at the time of ordering the shock will arrive with 1/2 turns of optimal from the factory)
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