Race sag vs. Free sag
Posted April 22, 2005 - 12:12 PM
I have the rear race sag set @ 3.5 inches and all seams well other than the fact I lost all of my free sag. From what I have been reading free sag is the indicator that you need a different spring rate. The 5.8 is the largest they had and the bike handles like a dream in the woods and even takes the jumps better than ever. Am I going to hurt anything riding it with zero free sag?
I seems to me the race sag is the most important. Trying to get my free sag set I go over on Race. Any thoughts would be most appreciated. Until then I am going to ride it like I stole it. Thanks.
Posted April 22, 2005 - 07:19 PM
You both have a spring that's too soft. You are having to crank in too much preload to keep race sag at 100mm. A stiffer spring will require less preload to result in 100mm of race sag. Less preload means more free (static) sag.
The way I see it, the only potential damage is that you could mushroom the shock piston or yank it off the shaft from topping out, but only if your rebound damping is adjusted wrong. Biggest risk is that it won't work as well as it could have.
Posted April 23, 2005 - 12:42 AM
I am using a Race Tech 5.8 and to my knowledge that is the stiffest offered. I will just have to work with what I got. Thanks.
Race tech makes 6.0s and 6.4s, several other companys make bigger, I've seen 6.2 6.4 and even 6.8s and 7.0
I've got a 5.8 Race tech on my bike now and have the same problem as you guys (very little or no static sag) I plan to get a 6.0 or even a 6.2 spring shortly.
Posted April 23, 2005 - 04:25 AM