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    At 180lbs, the stock springs should be fine for you. Best thing for you to do now is "tune your own". Grab your screwdriver, set everything to wide-open, go ride a section of bumpy twisty road for 10mins, stop, set everything to fully closed, repeat. Make a strong mental note of how the bike behaves differently. Then, set everything to 2-clicks from open, and 2 clicks from closed, repeat. That should give you an idea how extreme settings make the bike handle differently.

    Using those three reference points, its now just a question of 1-2 clicks in either direction, which is best done out on a longer ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoolDaddyGroove View Post
    At 180lbs, the stock springs should be fine for you. Best thing for you to do now is "tune your own". Grab your screwdriver,.
    i was thinking the same thing.. thats pretty good weight for any sport-bike . Should be within adjustment range

    but instead of flying blind for a few hundred kilometers I suggest you go look up your bike HERE op!!

    this will get you going in the right direction and then you can make small adjustments one way or the
    other.. if our calculations are correct you're likely within a few clicks.. Back in the day Sport Rider Magazine
    would do yearly reviews of new model bikes and came up with a list of recommended starting points.

    you are looking for a poised ride, one in which the chassis is not upset under normal riding
    conditions, rear of bike balanced with front and vice versa.. front end dive is no fun.

    https://www.cycleworld.com/sport-rid...sion-settings/


    Suggested Sport Bike Motorcycle Suspension Settings

    Sport Rider's setup recommendations for every motorcycle tested from 1997
    November 17, 2009

    These tables show suggested suspension settings for each bike tested by the Sport Rider staff. Scroll down for your brand/model of bike. You can also use the tables to find which issues of Sport Rider each bike was tested. For more information about suspension setup, visit our Sportbike Suspension Guide, which has a setup guide, a suspension tuning guide, and links to various useful articles on the site.
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    "Internet settings" are very rough at best and are based on a newish bike, not one that has 10's of thousands of kms on it and potentially in need of rebuild.....food for thought.
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    All good info, suggestions and observations.*

    Here is what I'm at right now:

    Front Preload: 3 lines showing Front Rebound: 1.50 turns out Front Compression: 1.25 turns out
    Rear Preload: position 5 Rear Rebound: 1 turn out Rear Compression: 1.5 turns out

    These were settings I 'stole' off the Internet. My old f4i is turns, no clicks.

    I think I will take the time to play around with them some. Probably even take them to the extremes to see the differences. *

    I'll definetly have a look at the cycleworld settings too.

    And yes Chia I have no doubt that my suspension is pretty bagged out and in need of some serious servicing/repair. But I've got to work with what I've got right now. Had hoped to go through it last winter but life got in the way.

    Thanks again for all the input. It's appreciated. *
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    Quote Originally Posted by CHIA View Post
    "Internet settings" are very rough at best and are based on a newish bike, not one that has 10's of thousands of kms on it and potentially in need of rebuild.....food for thought.
    ahh yes i forget nobody does maintenance on forks.. ever

    all i mean is literally, a starting point. I think its easy to forget when you 1st started playing with
    suspension, you also didnt know how each setting affected another.

    if you start with an informed 'setup' you will learn much quicker how far not to go in one direction or another..
    you'd still start with a way more balanced ride than if going it alone i would think.


    if all that fails, you could just service the stupid bike before you ride it

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    Service schmervice. I'm to busy racking up km's on this thing. Lol.*

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    Good that it worked out for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squisher View Post
    Service schmervice. I'm to busy racking up km's on this thing. Lol.*
    spoken like a true canadian.. but seriously, do your suspension this winter.. dont waste your time riding around on pogo sticks..
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    Yah it needs to be gone through for certain. At this point I'm just happy with better than it was.*

    Last winter was a super tumultuous time for my family and I. Planned a downsize/move and in the end did a complete 180. That my excuse and I'm sticking to it. Lol.*
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    fork service is cheap, easy to do.. shock sometimes needs a little more knowledge, tools.
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    Cheap and easy! *My kinda....................wrenching.*

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