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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-09-2017, 05:55 AM Thread Starter
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ZN700 rear damper adjustment

Hey gang! It's me again. After riding as is all year last year I'm trying to get everything dialed in perfectly. Unfortunately the numbers for the damper adjustment have faded/rubbed away over the years. Am I correct to assume that turning both adjusters all the way counterclockwise is 1 and all the way clockwise is 4 on both shocks? I tried searching pics but could only find a good enough image for the right side. I will also be lowering the air pressure back there to 11psi. Somebody set it at 20. This thing is constantly a new bike for me with the changes I'm constantly making.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-19-2017, 03:48 PM
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I'm 93.7% sure that you have the exact same shocks on your bike as my '84 ZN1100. If so, turn the right side adjuster clockwise to reduce pre-load and turn the left side adjuster counter clockwise to reduce pre-load.

The shocks have a usable air pressure range of 8.5psi to 43psi with a mean of 25.8psi. Where you set your shocks depends on your personal preference but to give you some idea, I am 200lbs. (of lovemaking machine) and I like a medium firm ride. I have the pre-load set to 4 with 25psi air pressure. I've played around with the settings quite a bit and this is what works best for me.
Someday, in my dreams, I'll install some good modern shocks with variable rate damping to keep up to the my front forks that have cartridge emulators installed but I think I have to go at least $600 to enter that world.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-19-2017, 09:32 PM
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The manual doesn't say which way to turn it to go from 1 to 4, 4 being the highest damping setting. It does recommend air pressure range of 21 to 43 psig corresponding to the load and damping setting.

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