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Suspension adjustment for the 03 ZR636

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OK First off I wanted to thank ZX-2R, 1Adam12 and Edawg636 for helping and giving me some great tips with for first oil change on this bike, Great replies guys many many thanks!

OK the reason I'm asking all these questions is cause I don't have a manual for my bike(03 636) (bought the bike with 900 Miles on it) nor do I have any friends\family that ride or no jack about MC's. So I apologize ahead of time for asking questions I should already know the answer too. None of my previous bikes had anything but rear preload\spring adjustment.

As we all know the 03 has some rock hard suspension, right now mine is set to about the middle of the range and the back end still seems to leave the road a little too easily taking bumpy corners, I did about 3 foot slide the other day and almost filled my shorts after I got back control.

So yea here it comes how do I adjust the compression and rebound damping on this bike and what should I adjust it too? Before I picked the bike up I asked the mechanic to soft up the rear and front all the way, but when I picket up the bike he said he just went in the middle so I didn't bottom it out. I'm just assuming he wasn't aware of the issues with he 03 636 being WAY over damped and was just trying to keep me safe or something alone those lines. Thanks allot everyone and I promise once I get this thing figure out I'll quit asking newbie questions. THANKS!
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If you're not sure/confident in what you're doing, see if your local dealer will help you set your suspension for you. The first thing before you mess with all the rebound/compression settings is to set the preload on your suspension. This is accomplished by measuring how much sag you put on the bike from when the bike is standing by itself without any load on it. To do a preload adjustment WILL require at least two other people to do it. You sit on your bike, the one person holds the front of the bike steady so it doesn't tip one way or the other. And the last person does the measurements. Doing this customizes the bike to your body weight.
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