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Old Nov 2nd 2013, 08:39 AM   #1
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Shock length adjustment

On the Ohlins equipped Panigales, when you go about adjusting the shock length to increase or decrease rear ride height, does the shock have to be disconnected from the suspension link, or can it be done while still attached at the adjustment end eyelet? Is it simply a matter of loosening the lock nut, and then shortening or lengthening the threaded shaft on the shock, followed by retightening the lock nut? Any tricks/problems to be aware of? Thanks in advance for your help.
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Yes, you can do it without removing the shock, just loosen the blue locking nut, adjust the ride height, then tighten the lock nut back against the adjuster.
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Thanks jarelj for the information.
Even adjusting the ride height 20mm. (less than an inch) I found the steering was slowed dramatically as I had lowered my rear.

I ended up reducing it to 8mm so as to retain the quicker nimble steering which is a hallmark of he handling of this bike.

Lowering your rear will increase trail and slow for steering. It can be very noticeable with only relatively small adjustments.
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Bradp51, I was actually planning on raising the rear of the bike, not lowering it. My intent is to quicken the steering up and change the balance of the bike somewhat to the front of the bike. Obviously I don't want to get it to the point of "tucking" the front end, but I will do it in small increments. I would like to "drop" the fork tubes (lower the front end) a bit also as an experiment. Why did you decide and lower the rear of the bike? Thanks for your input.
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Bradp51, I was actually planning on raising the rear of the bike, not lowering it. My intent is to quicken the steering up and change the balance of the bike somewhat to the front of the bike. Obviously I don't want to get it to the point of "tucking" the front end, but I will do it in small increments. I would like to "drop" the fork tubes (lower the front end) a bit also as an experiment. Why did you decide and lower the rear of the bike? Thanks for your input.
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Simple really because I am a shortass I wanted to lower the seat

I ended up taking the rubber bungs out of the seat
With the 8 mm drop as well on the suspension it was enough
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Old Nov 3rd 2013, 04:37 PM   #7
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For anyone who hasn't done this adjustment, it takes just a couple minutes, and couldn't be much easier to do. I raised the rear of the bike a total of 6mm (1/4"), measured at the axle, and the difference is noticeable. The steering quickened and lightened up a bit, and I will try another 6mm next. I like the change in regards to the feel of the front end, and it seems to have lost the reluctance to "roll over" into a turn. I have softened the rear Ohlins spring two steps from stock, and I wondered if the "average" ride height is lower because of the softer springing. The raising of the rear end may help to offset this. I will report back what I find on the next raise of the rear end.
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Anyone know what the maximum amount it is safe to raise the rear end of the bike? The owners manual says to have my Ducati dealer do this brain-surgery-level adjustment. Thanks in advance.
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Don't chase this too far Jim.


While it may seem as a improvement now, it could have a adverse effect on different track and road conditions.

Find a balance your happy with over a few weeks while riding the crap out of it, these changes while seemingly small might make negative changes where you don't really want them.
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Outhouse, thanks so much for the input. When you speak of "negative changes" could you please expand on this? I am aware of the tendency for a front end to "tuck" if the rake gets too steep (ala the early R6s), but in street riding and moderately-hard canyon riding, is this a concern? Do you know the outer limit before the exposure of the shock threads becomes dangerous? I don't track any longer (a broken pelvis and advancing years tend to quench that flame), but I have been unsatisfied with the overall feel of the bike since I purchased it, and am hoping this series of changes might pay some dividends. Thanks again for the help and input.

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