ZN700 rear damper adjustment - Kawasaki Motorcycle Forums
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-09-2017, 05:55 AM Thread Starter
Rubber Side Down
BTK Beginner
 
BetaDnB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Buffalo, NY
Posts: 77
Garage
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.
BetaDnB is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-19-2017, 03:48 PM
Queasy Rider
BTK Expert
 
Hoyt Clagwell's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 2,044
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.
Hoyt Clagwell is offline  
post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-19-2017, 09:32 PM
Senior Member
BTK Expert
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Wilmington, NC
Posts: 923
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.

1985 Kawasaki ZN700 Shaft, 4cyl
1989 Yamaha Venture Royale
RoadRunner322 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome