We often receive the question from our customers "What should I initially set my compression and rebound settings to?
There are a couple important items to note:
- Before, making any adjustments to compression or rebound, you will first want to make sure you have set your sag properly. If you haven't done this step yet, please click the link to our article on How to Set Sag on Your REVO ARCs.
- The compression and rebound settings are personal preference settings. Meaning, there is no standard setting we recommend for any particular rider or group of riders out there. These settings are what feels right to YOU, and you will want to experiment with the different compression and rebound settings until you have achieved "YOUR" ideal ride quality.
Compression Adjustment Knob (how soft or firm the ride feels):
Rebound Adjustment Knob (how fast the shocks return to the fully extended length after being compressed):
The steps below are how you will want to adjust your compression and rebound before your initial test ride. These settings are the intermediate settings, and we encourage our customers to experiment with the settings from there to achieve the ride they are after:
1. Start by turning the compression and rebound knobs on each shock fully clockwise until they no longer turn. Fully clockwise is the "closed" position. Fully closed on the rebound setting, is the setting that will provide the most damping and least about of rebound (less bouncy). Fully closed on the compression setting is going to be the stiffest setting.
2. We recommend starting with 4 clicks out from fully closed (counter-clockwise) on the compression setting and 3 clicks out from fully closed (counter-clockwise) on the rebound setting.
3. Test ride the motorcycle with your typical load and on a road that you are familiar with.
-If you feel the suspension is too firm, especially on smaller bumps, decrease the compression (counter-clockwise clicks). If you feel the suspension is to soft, increase the compression (clockwise clicks).
-If you feel the suspension has a mushy or oscillating feel to it, increase the rebound damping (clockwise clicks). If you feel the suspension feels slow reacting or feels harsh on closely spaced bumps, decrease the rebound damping (counter-clockwise clicks).
- When making adjustments to compression or rebound (1 or 2 "clicks"), ensure you make the same adjustment on each shock
- When adjusting compression and rebound, only change one set of adjusters (compression or rebound) between test rides, in order to minimize the variables when testing.