shock adjustment

Discussion in 'Dyna Models' started by Mezzamort, Jun 12, 2009.

  1. Mezzamort

    Mezzamort Member

    I just got a shock wrench and I noticed that both shock's would move 4 click's so where would I put them for 2 up riding I am short so I can only have 1 foot down at once so I think the motoco had them at the softest setting so I moved it the 4 click's and I think it sit's higher if that makes sense I am taking the wife on a ride next week so that is the reason for the setting change she is 140 but I am 285 so please advise ? Thank's guy's
  2. sgtcowboyusmc

    sgtcowboyusmc Banned

    This is going to sound like a cop out but you just have to try it out. I thought my stock shocks (Which went out around 47,000 miles) had 5 settings. I kept it in the middle most of the time but when the Wife went for a ride I would move it up 1 and she is around 120#. I am around 240#. I set it up that way then took her for a ride that I new would have some decent bumps and a couple turns to check it out. Then I moved it up one more and did it again. I put it back down 1 as I felt it was better that way. When we went to Laughlin with all our (EDIT) I had it all the way to the top!

    Hope that helps.


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    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

    If you know you are riding solo, try it in the "Normal" preload position, you have been using IF it was fine for the 90% riding that you do (which was probably the way you were running the bike before you got the tool and wanted to ride two-up). Set it in the highest or next to highest setting (preload spring compressed) depending on how much load you are carrying. If it is any consolation...when riding two-up the suspension "sacks" down so what was a fairly tall solo bike actually sits lower with second rider and gear aboard, making bike easier to handle (make sure your passenger sits still and keep body aligned with the pilot, especially at low speeds.

    If you have been scraping under carriage parts, determine what it is, as when riding two up, it will be easier to drag low lying parts. In the case of my sporty, I generally put it on the shock preload to the highest setting and rear tire to recommended 40 psi as stated in manual (my Metzler Marathons are rated to 50 psi if you believe what is written on the side wall) to accommodate heavy bumps or steep banked turns when two-up because my lowered bike will drag parts i.e. the jiffy stand tang on the left (I alleviated by cutting back the rubber bumper stop) and muffler bolts on the right (got shorter lower profile hardware). Also helps learn how to "counter-lean" or "hang off" on the inside to stand the bike more vertical to improve cornering clearance.