Rear Shock adjustment

I don't know much about suspension tuning & wanted to get some responses on tinkering with the clickers. I resprung my pig for my weight & its absorbing the bumps good I guess but I noticed when I go up a ramp where there's a sharp bump at the top of it, the fork takes it pretty good but the rear end its kicking me up kind of hard. I don't know where I'm at with the clickers 'cause I haven't touch that waiting until the springs were installed so I could make corrections from where I'm at. Any suggestions?. Thanks in advance.

Roger

First!!! did you set your sag after new springs?? Sag is the 2nd most important thing in setting up suspension after correct springs. Once that is done my best suggestion is to see where your clickers are at by screwing all the way in counting the clicks till stopped, lets say it went in 9, remember that NOW turn all the way out and see where it stops again, lets say 19, SO you were 9 clicks out. OK go somewhere in the middle with compression and SLOWER on your rebound. You have too much rebound or your body position is not correct when jumping to cause that, make sure you also dont let off the gas when on the face of a jump.

Once you check where your comp/rebound clickers are let us know and that will help out a bit also. Faster rebound makes the shock extend quickly and that will kick the bikes rear end off a jump, assuming the 2 other things are ok with body position and not letting off the throttle on the face of a jump.

My bad, I failed to mention that I set the preload at 95-100mm (with riding gear on & in riding position) as I've read in these forums before. I'm also keeping the gas on as I go through the jump. As far as clickers go, I'll find out tonight where they are. Thanks.

ok you got 2 things good to go, check your settings as you said it sounds like you have the rebound too fast. Check that first and adjust prolly 2/3 clicks at a time and see how much a change it makes and if you like it. Remember body position can affect also, make sure your not way back over rear fender too. takes a little bit but adjusting comp/rebound is easy just have to change a little and ride and see if you like or not. GL

My bike didnt come with an owners manual can you tell me where and what is adjustable? xr650l

My bike didnt come with an owners manual can you tell me where and what is adjustable? xr650l

Rebound is adjustable at a knob on the bottom of the shock.

Compression is adjustable at the piggy back reservoir.

and the spring is adjustable also, look at the bottom right below the spring

Welcome to TT fellow KaliFornian, where you at?

Also note that the rebound adjustment also effects the compression.

No manual says this,but they should...

Also note that the rebound adjustment also effects the compression.

No manual says this,but they should...

for the average rider thell never notice that but you have to adjust both a little at a time and only one at a time too and then see what fits your better.

for the average rider thell never notice that but you have to adjust both a little at a time and only one at a time too and then see what fits your better.

That's true.. i really notice it when i do a shock and stack the slow speed comp. stiffer.

I don't know much about suspension tuning & wanted to get some responses on tinkering with the clickers. I resprung my pig for my weight & its absorbing the bumps good I guess but I noticed when I go up a ramp where there's a sharp bump at the top of it, the fork takes it pretty good but the rear end its kicking me up kind of hard. I don't know where I'm at with the clickers 'cause I haven't touch that waiting until the springs were installed so I could make corrections from where I'm at. Any suggestions?. Thanks in advance.

Roger

Real old thread and I am suprized I didn't post on this one......

I did some searching and I think you own a XR650R?

The stock shim stack is a major compromise as is the fluid but, not the springs, they are way light for most riders. They are trying to do to much with so little. With stiffer springs you have to hold more weight up that you have, will need more rebound control but, now you are moving to compress slower. So, in short when you are popping off the lip you are short stroking the shock with little rebound control and boing you have a pogo stick. Start at an outing extreme with your stock shock at 16 clicks out from full in (top adjuster, on the reservoir) and 14 clicks out on the rebound adjuster (on the side of the bottom linkage mounting fork). Warm up and jump the bike on a table top you can't clear (but close) and adjust the compression in till you are not bottoming then adjust the rebound in till you stop bouncing. At this point you might be jumping so much further that you may need a bigger table top because you are clearing it. You have the compression to stiff and the rebound to soft as you are now. You should be somewhere around 14~16 clicks compression and 10~12 clicks out rebound for all around use. The spring and what you are doing or riding style will change this.

www.borynack.com/XR650R

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55' table top. A stock XR650R bike can do this with the right springs and adjusted right.

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