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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-14-2010, 07:50 AM Thread Starter
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Rear shocks settings

Mine were set to 3. The online manual that I downloaded seems to suggest that the factory settings were 3 for The States and Canada, and 2 for the rest of the world. Curious mind wanted to know why?

I don't think it is a safety issue like the headlight has to be on in the States. Could it be road conditions, average weight or over weight, weather, temperatures etc.Thanks.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-14-2010, 08:52 AM
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Just a guess but I think you may be on the right track as N.Americans do seem to be pretty hefty these days...lol... BTW-I'm no different @ 225#...
I wound up using setting 3 + 30 psi some, but mostly setting 4 with 30 psi in mine with probably 30 + pounds of saddlebags & contents...
When I took on the wife as a passenger (150#) I usually set them up to 5 with the same air, but she seldom rode... It also depends on the roads and how agressive you ride, I like to get as much cush as I can without bottoming out...lol...
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My shocks only go to 4, not 5. Different shocks for different years?

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I had a '93, and now have an '02. Both had the same shocks. Haven't seen the shocks on an '06. But I have always kept my shocks set on 5. Unless you are REALLY light, I would suggest keeping the preload set as high as it will go. Same with tire pressure. Inflate the tires to at least the maximum psi shown on the sidewall. I actually over inflate my rear tire a little bit.

Oh, and I have never put air in the shocks. The recommended operating pressure is 0 psi. I found that cranking up the preload as far as it will go, and completely inflating the tires works for me. If you do put air in the shocks, use only a hand pump. The problem with putting air in the shocks, is that it takes such a tiny amount. A bit too much will blow the seals, and it is almost impossible to get an accurate measurement. Just the tiny amount of air lost from checking the pressure can lower it several psi. Jerry.

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My shocks only go to 4, not 5. Different shocks for different years?
EQ-I think you are right, I must have kept them on 3 w/30 psi and turned them up to 4 when the wife rode, I am sure I rode most of the time with them set in next to the highest preload w/30 psi and moved them to the last (highest preload) notch when she rode... I think the Sportster may have had 5 till I put the RK air shocks on, then none, I must have got mixed up a bit......
PS-As Jerry states use caution on the air... I used a bicycle fork pump on the shocks and I believe if I remember right the manual says not to exceed 70 psi, the fork pump worked great as it will not loose air as it is removed...
Sorry but sparks don't fly like they used to, and the CRS is really flying high...lol...
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