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Old 12-12-2007, 07:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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adjust softail shocks?

I struggled adjusting the rear shocks on my 06 night train this past summer. the service manual was unclear, and my bike rides like a darn hardtail. so here's my question: in order to soften the ride, do i turn the shocks so that more or less of the piston protrudes from the shock body(when sitting still)? i thought that if i turn the shock all the way so that the piston hardly protrudes at all, then that would be the softest setting(i'm not talking about when sitting on the bike bouncing, just sitting still lookin at the shock). am i right?

also, the bike was lowered (i un-lowered it just the other day, while doing my winter storage prep) which i thought might have something to do with the stiff ride. i hit some pretty harsh bumps and potholes and never bottomed out. do the softails have some sort of "anti-bottoming out" system?
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Old 12-19-2007, 12:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The best possible scenario is to obtain a HD FSM for your year and model bike. I can't remember which direction softens the ride. Someone else will chime in I'm sure with the answer to that part of your question.

Did you check to see how changing the ride height affected your drive belt tension?

Remember, if you decide to wing it and experiment with shock adjustment, make sure make precise adjustments to each shock, ie; adjust both of them the same direction, exactly the same amount. And yes, there is a travel limiting device, (rubber bumper or bumpers depending on year), that prevents metal to metal damage if/when the swingarm bottoms out.

Question.....When you "Un-lowered the bike..." What did you do or how did you do it?

Like I said, someone else surely will jump in and offer additional help and answers to your questions. More help is on the way...

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Old 12-19-2007, 01:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If you turn the adjuster plate out ( towards the lock nut) that will increase spring preload so you get a stiffer ride. So to soften the ride run the plate in away from the lock nut. And they do have a rubber bumper to soften a bottom out type of hit.
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Old 12-19-2007, 04:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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that's what the service manual said, turn the adjuster plate away from the locknut to soften the ride. but, when i first went to adjust the shocks, the plate was as far towards the locknut as it would go, and the ride was very stiff. i'm thinking that perhaps it was lowered to the point where it was hitting those rubber bumpers.
should the adjuster plate be turning by itself, without the shock body? because when i turn the adjuster plate, the whole shock turns with it. the service manual doesn't mention anything about that.
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Hey man httphope this helps, check this out go to the section preload shocks://www.fatbillscustoms.com/
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Old 12-20-2007, 09:57 PM   #7 (permalink)
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yep, that fatbill's page was exactly what i needed. thanks alot, sportyguy69!
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Old 12-20-2007, 10:22 PM   #8 (permalink)
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ur welcome, I found that page hear a while back and bookmarked it for the future. Glad to help a brother out.
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