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post #1 of 6 Old Jun 2nd, 2014, 9:09 pm Thread Starter
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Initial Setting For Ohlins Rear

So the PO was kind enough to do some upgrades to the LT before I acquired her, and that included an Ohlins rear shock. I noticed that there are no markings--just a very light center detent. To you Ohlins owners out there: If you're a dainty 225 as I am, where do you have your shock set.....like in terms if turns left or right past center, or turns off of full hard or soft? Yeah, yeah, I know I have to toy with it, but I'm looking for a starting point used by similarly weighted riders, since, without any instrux, I'm shooting in the dark here. Thanks!

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Re: Initial Setting For Ohlins Rear

If you are talking pre-load then you want the suspension in the center of its travel with you sitting on it. So you will have to do some measuring.

If you are talking about the rebound damping (little black knob on the lower shaft) I run mine about 25 clicks from full clockwise.

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Re: Initial Setting For Ohlins Rear

What about compression damping via the knob on the remote reservoir?

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Re: Initial Setting For Ohlins Rear

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What about compression damping via the knob on the remote reservoir?
That is not a damping adjuster. It is a preload adjuster for the rear spring to control ride height when loaded heavily.

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Re: Initial Setting For Ohlins Rear

DW first off consider purchasing a Ohlins front shock if not the F & R will never be balanced. Certainly try the suggested preload and R dampening settings others suggested. Also inspect the shock spring for its rating . Then consult Kyle Racing to see if you have the correct spring. How many miles are on the Bike front shock and Ohlins Shock. FYI if the stock front shock has over 25 K on it you are due to replace. Let us know where you are at.

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Re: Initial Setting For Ohlins Rear

Murray: Absolutely refuse to shell out that kind of dough for a front shock. And, since the weak link in the front suspension is the stock spring, and not so much the shock, I found a 6000 mile stock assembly for $30, paid a similar amount for a brand new Ohlins 485# front spring, paid a suspension shop $20 to swap out the Ohlins for the stocker, reinstalled everything, and saved myself several hundred dollars. I'm 'balanced' enough. Now, to get those rear settings.....

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