STEP 1: Jack the bike up until the rear wheel is suspended in the air. Then measure the vertical distance from the axle to a reference on the rear fender and make a note of that exact measurement as shown below:
STEP 2: Lower the motorcycle to the ground and remove the jack. Load the motorcycle with the typical load (rider, passenger, luggage, etc.).
STEP 3: Once the weight has been added to the motorcycle, with assistance, take a measurement from the same reference points as STEP 1. Sag should be 3/4" to 1". For example, if your first measurement on the jack (STEP 1) was 15", the second measurement with weight on the motorcycle should be between 14-1/4" to 14".
STEP 4: If adjustment is necessary, turn the preload nut in accordance with the picture below:
- If the measured length is less than the proper sag measurement, increase the spring preload by threading the spring UP the shock body to tighten the spring. (LESS SAG)
- If the measured length is greater than the proper sag measurement, decrease the spring preload by threading the spring DOWN the shock body to loosen the spring. (MORE SAG)
STEP 5: Repeat STEPS 3 and 4 until the proper sag measurement is achieved.
STEP 6: Adjust the rebound initially to the recommended starting adjustment by referencing the chart below:
NOTE: The position of the rebound setting is the number of "clicks" from the fully closed position. (rebound knob turned clockwise until it stops)
NOTE: Test ride the motorcycle with your typical load and on a road that you are familiar with. Make incremental rebound adjustments until the desired comfort level is achieved.
NOTE: For the best ride quality, you will want to adjust the Sag/Preload anytime you add/take away weight from the bike.