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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-05-2012, 08:04 AM Thread Starter
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Asked about suspension upgrades the other day ,no real results.Just thought I would pass-along some thing I did.I got a noticable change for the better by messing with tire pressure.I picked the bike up from the dealer so (assumed) that tire pressure was correct.Read owners manual and it says 29 pounds in front and rear with a few more in rear if loaded or if you weigh over 200lbs.Well there was about 32 lbs front and rear,so I reduced front to 29 and increased rear to 34.The bike handled much better and the rear shock is still set at #2 preload.Trying to get a hold of pin spanner to toy with preload but the air pressure fix was a lot cheaper than new fork springs and shocks ( for a new bike?! )
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Asked about suspension upgrades the other day ,no real results.Just thought I would pass-along some thing I did.I got a noticable change for the better by messing with tire pressure.I picked the bike up from the dealer so (assumed) that tire pressure was correct.Read owners manual and it says 29 pounds in front and rear with a few more in rear if loaded or if you weigh over 200lbs.Well there was about 32 lbs front and rear,so I reduced front to 29 and increased rear to 34.The bike handled much better and the rear shock is still set at #2 preload.Trying to get a hold of pin spanner to toy with preload but the air pressure fix was a lot cheaper than new fork springs and shocks ( for a new bike?! )
Tire pressure @ 29/29 is what I set mine at. You really don't need the spanner wrench to adjust the shocks. You can turn it by using both hands and some force. May be easier if you can lift some of the load off the rear too (e.g. jack). Your bike didn't include the tools?

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Thanks I'll try man-handling it!
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Thanks I'll try man-handling it!
Also, worse comes to worse use a strap-type oil filter wrench.

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i run 36/36 aka what the dunlops call for.....always adjust at the suspension to save some tire wear

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i run 36/36 aka what the dunlops call for.....always adjust at the suspension to save some tire wear
Run tire pressure at what the manufacturer of the vehicle calls for, not the tire manufacturer. The tire pressure specs on the sidewall are a maximum recommended pressure for the tire only, not the vehicle.

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