The 1-4 dial on the rear shocks is to adjust the dampening, or return to extension on rebound. It has nothing to do with compression of the shock or adjustment of shock length with rider in the seat. 1 is softest, 4 is stiffest.I have stock rear shocks with the 1-4 dial. However, the dial makes no difference in how far the bike sinks when I sit on it. I can set it to 1 or 4 but it doesn't seem any different. Is something worn out in the shock?
Hey, I'm old enough to be wrong every now and again... Actually I was thinking more about the air anyway... I forgot most springs get softer when compressed... But I thought I was wrong once before but I was mistaken...lol...The settings on the shock adjust rebound dampening only....NOT preload, which is what changes ride height, (Sorry OD, but you're wrong)
You can adjust shock preload some by adding air- but this is not true "spring preload" as found on other shocks.
Being wrong now and then is just part of being human. My dad always said "if you don't make a mistake now and then....something is wrong with you."Hey, I'm old enough to be wrong every now and again... Actually I was thinking more about the air anyway... I forgot most springs get softer when compressed... But I thought I was wrong once before but I was mistaken...lol...
Have a good one...Old Dog...
Well, Sportster shocks are noted for not being very good shocks either, that I don't think would be an upgrade...Yeah I'm not really impressed with the suspension. Can't afford to buy new front and rears but I thought about doing the ebay thing for alternate rears. Any recommendations? Sporster shocks on the rear etc?
Yeah, tell me about it, mine have all been oddball models...lol... My RK take off air shocks are almost if not an inch longer than stock, I run around 10 psi in them and 5 psi in my forks...I must have an oddball model. Mine has no damping adjustment, just a 5 way preload adjustment, which I have set on the stiffest position. They do have an air valve, but I have never put any air in them, because just a little bit too much will blow the seal, and all the oil will leak out, and the shocks are ruined. Shocks can be a MAJOR ripoff. The seals were blown on my '85 Goldwing rear shocks, and all the oil had leaked out. It was like riding a pogo stick. Everybody on the forums suggested $700-$800 Progressive brand air shocks. Thiis was a bike I got for FREE, and figured on getting completely road ready for another 100,000 miles for around $1000. $700-$800 shocks on a $1000 bike? Crazy. I found some spring only shocks on eBay for $124 a pair, and ordered them, 1/2" longer than stock. Perfect fit, perfect ride (set on max preload) and even look great. Too bad they are hidden behind the saddlebags, or they would add some bling to a tarnished old bike (which still runs like new)