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Need help with setting sag

Discussion in 'Mechanical & Technical' started by Flyboymedic, Jul 7, 2012.

  1. I bought my Husky a couple months ago and I'm considering getting the rear shock lowered by about 1", but before I do that I realize that I should probably set the sag up for me and my weight to know for sure. I'll need to have it set up again once I do the lowering so I'm hoping to avoid paying to have it done twice. Could anyone local that knows what they're doing, help me out?
  2. RedKat600

    RedKat600 Vintage Screwball Staff Member

    Do you have a spanner for the rear shock?

  3. Are you on the right springs to begin with?
  4. I don't have a spanner but I've got a long, heavy duty screwdriver & a dull chisel also.

    I bought the bike from a guy that's got 50-75 lbs on me & he had the suspension set up for him @ RPS Suspensions. He didn't have any paperwork to prove that but he was very honest with everything else. Also, the bike feels like it doesn't need a heavier spring.
  5. PeteN95

    PeteN95 Moderator Staff Member

    Should sag about 4" with you on it and after you set that, about 1" without you on it if the spring is right. If it sags much more than 1", spring is too stiff, much less, spring is too soft.
  6. Gotama

    Gotama WMRRA 1st VP

    isn't that the other way around ?
    after sag is set if it still sags more than 1" spring is too soft , and if it's much less than 1" spring is too stiff
  7. RedKat600

    RedKat600 Vintage Screwball Staff Member

    Yeah he had that backwards.
  8. Guys, that's why I need someone to help me do it. I can't do it alone and I need someone that knows what they're doing so I can know for sure how to proceed. I don't want to pay EDR or anyone else $40 when it'll have to be done again after I lower it or whatever I do. The bike is too damn tall and I'm sick of dropping it while trying to get on it. I just broke the kickstand and clutch handle 20 minutes ago because of that! :banghead:censored:

    TRAIL BOSS Defiler of Threads

    Why exactly are you lowering a sumo?

    TRAIL BOSS Defiler of Threads


    A.) It should be a supermoto. Get on that.
    B.) Why are you lowering your dirt bike?
  11. Don't set your sag now. Set it after you lower the bike. No sense in doing it twice let alone paying for it twice. How do you plan on lowering it? Sending it to RDS to limit travel? Have you considered a Kouba link and then raising the front forks in the triple tree? Used one in my supermoto and it was tons cheaper than sending my shock out to get lowered. If you do use the Kouba, again - set the sag afterwards since you are changing the geometry.
  12. 1) I ride it like a super-moto. Does that count?

    2) Again, it's because it's too tall and I'm tippy-toeing it when I get on or stopped at a traffic light. I lost my balance and dumped the bike today because I don't even have the balls of my feet on the pavement. I think if the sag is adjusted to my weight and equipment and that doesn't lower it enough, I'm going to lower it through the shock rather than a lowering link.
  13. Sigh.......

    Why is it I keep having to explain things over and over again to those folks up near Seattle???
  14. ...:scratchea

    trying to help you and you slip in a jab about Seattle.

    You're mistaken here. Setting the sag for your weight will not gain you the amount of lowering you need. Plus you never said that setting sag was your way of getting your feet closer to the ground. It makes no sense for you to set the sag now and then reset it again after you have it lowered.

    I know what you're going to say - "but if I set the sag now, I'll have an idea of what I need to lower the bike too." Doesn't matter. Why? Because when you set the sag again after lowering you'll be at a different height again. Thus - no need to set up sag now. Lower first.

    Also - are you trying to set up the sag as a street bike or as a dirt bike? There's a difference.

    We ask because you haven't supplied enough information. You're asking for something that suspension shops pay for. You'll go through the same questions with them. No need to get snippy about it here.
  15. Now we're getting somewhere. Thank you for your insight- I've responded in red.
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2012
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