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Sorry for the 101 question. Just trying to understand.

Whats the difference when it mentions turns/click in and out? such as attached photo and example below

want to play with my suspension setup, spring preload, rebound and compression for the front and rear.

Front:
Compression - 1.5 turns out
Rebound - 0.25 turns out

Rear:
Compression - 3 turns out
Rebound - 1.5 turns out
 

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Firstly the term clicks or turns depends on the suspension you have, some bikes suspension adjusters work on clicks, this is an audible click and resistance you can feel as you turn the screw adjuster, others like those on your MV don't have these, it's just a matter of turning the screw. Some prefer this as you have the option to make very small adjustments (although to be honest stock suspension isn't usually that sensitive) whereas with the click type adjusters you can't set it half way between a click.

If you imagine the screw adjuster at the top of the fork like a clock face, one turn equates to turning your screwdriver 360 degrees, a half turn is 180 degrees and a quarter is 90 degrees. Usually when people refer to compression and rebound suspension settings they either mean turns or clicks back out from fully in or in from fully out.
So for example if you want to set your fork compression to 1.5 turns out then turn the screw clockwise until it is fully in (not tight) and then turn the screw counter clockwise, or out, 360 degrees and then 180 degrees.

Preload is done the same way although this is something that is usually set to the riders weight so everyone's could be different. It looks like the setting you have are an adjustment from stock and not from fully out or in on the adjustment range so firstly you need to check that your preload is at the stock position, these figures are on a sheet of paper at the back of your manual. To be honest I wouldn't bother adjusting that just yet, unless you are an extremely light or heavy chap? Just check that it is at the stock position.
 

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Ackers, much appreciated.

In regards to the preload, i opened up the right fork once since the oil leaked front he adjuster. Thinking it may not be exact to the left fork. Hence want to adjust them both.

More so, i want to work on my rear suspension, its way too stiff. Feels like it wants to throw me off my seat every time i go over a small bump or un even road surface.

On another note. i only weight 65 kilos.
 

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To be honest preload is something quite difficult to set up on your own, you would be better off getting some help with that as you need to make measurements with the wheels off the ground and then again with you sat upright on the bike.

I would just make sure the preload in both fork legs is the same and at the stock setting for now.

The feeling you describe is similar to what I had on mine, the rebound damping in the rear shock is too soft, it is allowing the spring to uncompress too quickly and this is having the effect of the seat hitting you in the backside off the bumps and launching you out of the seat, as you are about 10kgs lighter than me you might have to add a touch more rebound damping than I have on mine. It's just trial and error to see what feels right for you.

If you have the option, take it along to a suspension specialist to set it up for you.
 

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If you have the option, take it along to a suspension specialist to set it up for you.
The savest, quickest and I think the best option.
15 minute job max...!
 

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C'mon guys don't be so paranoid about doing the work yourself. If you do not know the basics, then seek help for some initial instruction.....but learning to work on your own machine is time well spent.
 

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C'mon guys don't be so paranoid about doing the work yourself. If you do not know the basics, then seek help for some initial instruction.....but learning to work on your own machine is time well spent.

That is true, and there is some good advice on here, it's just you can find yourself heading in the wrong direction. I assumed like nearly every post I've read that the rear shock bucking me out of the seat over bumps was because the compression was too hard when In fact it was more a case of the rebound being too soft, I doubt I would have worked this out for myself and probably just softened off the compression, assumed that was the best I could do and then blown a load of money on a steering damper ;)

When in reality spending £40 on getting someone to set it up for me saved me £500 on a damper, taught me an awful lot more than I knew about suspension and how it works and gave me advice on where I should spend the money if I wanted to upgrade it. :)
 

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I wouldn't mind take it to a specialist shop, but i don't have many options where i live, otherwise its a trust issue.

i am starting to understand more about the suspension setting and all. However, i am still confused about the SAG. Could anyone elaborate more on this.

Does this get done at the same time as working on the spring preload?
 
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