How To Adjust Your Fox Shocks

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Old 10-11-2011, 04:01 PM   #61
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Front settings:

Low speed compression adjustment +5
High speed compression adjustment +5
Rebound damping adjustment +5
Ok I am going to try that and get a softer ride on these rocky trails.

I changed the one near the reservoir with a screw driver and set them all to 1.

Didnt really change much at all.
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I have a question for the guys running X shocks on base/Xt's. I just put my fox shocks on and on the first ride i noticed that the shocks are rebounding fully when the front is off the ground. When it does it hits with thud and you can feel it through the floor. Im not sure what i need to adjust to get this to stop.

I have this problem to, any help on how i can fix this?
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Old 10-13-2011, 05:30 PM   #63
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Im still working on mine, i will let you know what i find out.
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I just made some changes for this weekends ride. I have the X Fox shocks and springs.
My settings were 1, 16, 16 all the way around.

New settings is Front....3, 5, 3 and rear is 4, 4, 4. I am just trying to get a softer ride if its possible. My machine rides good but hey.....could make it better.

If it doesnt work I will go back. I did not change the preload at all.

Maybe it will ride better.
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Old 11-11-2011, 08:59 AM   #66
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The fox shocks have adjustable spanners under the spring. Changing this adjustment will change ride height only. There is no "preload" on these shocks because they are not at full extension in static mode. "Preload" is a term for motor scooters and cycles that have the shocks pushed to full extension before you set your butt on the seat..! This has been discussed before, but thought worth mentioning again. Remember, moving the spanner nuts under the spring will change ride height, which changes drive line angle, steering geometry and center of gravity.
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The fox shocks have adjustable spanners under the spring. Changing this adjustment will change ride height only. There is no "preload" on these shocks because they are not at full extension in static mode. "Preload" is a term for motor scooters and cycles that have the shocks pushed to full extension before you set your butt on the seat..! This has been discussed before, but thought worth mentioning again. Remember, moving the spanner nuts under the spring will change ride height, which changes drive line angle, steering geometry and center of gravity.
"There is no "preload" on these shocks because they are not at full extension in static mode".

I totally disagree! Preload is defined as tension put upon the spring from its static length. No preload would be defined as with machine off the ground and the spanner nut just touching the top of the spring. Once you turn the spanner past that point you are adding preload which is what happens when you increase the ride height. If you remove the preload on the Commander shocks you will find that it sits low to the ground. You can not raise the ride height with out adding preload or using a heavyer spring. The Commander comes from the factory with a specified preload. Preload should be set to give you 30 to 40% droop at ride height for best performance.
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I agree, if you crank up those spanners the ride get noticeably stiffer.
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Ody, read your post carefully. You are substantiating everything I said...!! The weight of the machine is the "preload" and adjusting the nuts does not change this constant. You change the spanner nut setting, you change the ride height. Period. You change the ride height, you change the suspension geometry. You change the geometry, you change ride quality due to the geometry change.
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Ody, after review by my attending psychiatrists, my computer privileges have been restored. My post should not have mentioned preload at all. I was cautioning that moving the spanners will change ride height. Remember the old chrome shocks that had the three notch adustment used on cycles? You grab the rear rack and lift it 1 inch, the rear tire would be 1 inch off the ground because the shock was at full extension, my intended point.
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