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post #1 of 12 Old 06-07-2012, 12:06 PM Thread Starter
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Suspension: Preload and Dampning

Just wondering what suspension setup you guys run and your weight? Also for the guys that take your bikes out on the track what do you run and how dose it differ from when your riding the road?
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Good question...I found this in an article from Sport Rider Mag.
http://www.sportrider.com/bikes/146_...0/viewall.html

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SUGGESTED SUSPENSION SETTINGS FRONT Spring preload: 10 turns out from full stiff; rebound damping: two turns out from full stiff; compression damping: 1.75 turns out from full stiff REAR Spring preload: 25mm thread showing; rebound damping: 1.75 turns out from full stiff
Not sure what their weights were, but its a starting point to dial in.

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Or... or!!!

You could check out the suspension Tech Tip video on my site. We even used my '08 Z1000 for it.

TopEnd.tv - Setting Suspension
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And this...
Ask the Geek: Set Your Static Sag - Sport Rider Magazine

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I read somewhere that most jap sportbikes (I'm assuming the Z falls into that category) are built for riders between 140lbs-185lbs. Anything over that, the springs etc, should be upgraded for optimal performance. I'm 280 and I haven't found the perfect settings with the stock suspension and likely never will. My dream is to upgrade front and rear but that would set me back several grand which I'm not willing to do right now. I change bikes a lot so I'd never see the return from that investment.

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Yup. Great article.

Even though I have a spanner for the rear adjustment, it seems that I almost always have to resort to this method:



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Thanks for all the links guys I'm definitely going to be doing a lot of reading tonight
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yes I know my 08 is set up for 150 lb rider stock which I am not, seems ok but need stiffer
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I think when you buy a bike new, you should be able to choose your spring weights (front/rear) to suit your body type as an option.
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