Preload (Ohlins Forks)

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Jan 2012
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EvoL is very kindly giving me his preload settings :)

Just wondered, does anyone know the factory standard setting?
 
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I did 13 from full out. 185lbs bare weight, 200lbs with. (or so)

On the rear, I can't remember around 1cm of thread showing? I can check if you'd like.

Kyle

Factory for me was around 12.
 
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Nov 2011
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EvoL is very kindly giving me his preload settings :)

Just wondered, does anyone know the factory standard setting?

Factory Rear preload: 23mm; found mine to be 21. Backed off (reduced) to 15mm. My weight is 200lbs gear up.

Factory Front preload (from manual): 8mm; found this to be almost 7 complete turns in (6.7). Backed off two turns.
 
May 2012
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Someville, Somestate
Factory Rear preload: 23mm; found mine to be 21. Backed off (reduced) to 15mm. My weight is 200lbs gear up.

Factory Front preload (from manual): 8mm; found this to be almost 7 complete turns in (6.7). Backed off two turns.
Hmm, your front preload is much softer than mine. Makes me wonder if I should redo it. I was meticulous last time.
 
Nov 2011
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Hmm, your front preload is much softer than mine. Makes me wonder if I should redo it. I was meticulous last time.
Before backing off the front preload two turns from the factory setting my rider on SAG was 29mm. Haven't remeasured yet but I imagine it's around 30 - 31mm now.
Haven't played with the electronics yet. Feels pretty good as is though using 'Sport' default compression and rebound settings. Probably go with this on the track as well, at least initially.
 
Feb 2013
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180lbs full gear.


Fully backed off + 2 full turns gets me 38-40mm preload up front
 
Feb 2017
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I'm about 160 w/o gear, so maybe 175ish with full gear. I'm finding it impossible to get the front fork rider sag under 30mm for the track. With the 10n.m springs that are in the Ohlins forks, I'm surprised I have to turn nearly to max just to get 33mm in the front for rider sag. Anyone else have this problem?
 
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Apr 2012
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... have removed all spring preload for the shock.
So with the bike lifted at the rear your free length on the shock spring is the same as the installed length?! That would be REAL bad. You need top out and installed preload should be at a minimum 10 mm less than free length. What was your bike and rider sag?
 
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I'm about 160 w/o gear, so maybe 175ish with full gear. I'm finding it impossible to get the front fork rider sag under 30mm for the track. With the 10n.m springs that are in the Ohlins forks, I'm surprised I have to turn nearly to max just to get 33mm in the front for rider sag. Anyone else have this problem?
Why are you "trying" to get UNDER 30 mm rider sag on the fork?!

Ideally you want 40 mm front and 30 mm rear rider sag. This is ALWAYS a good starting point.

I think I need to give a class.... :)
 
Feb 2017
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Why are you "trying" to get UNDER 30 mm rider sag on the fork?!

Ideally you want 40 mm front and 30 mm rear rider sag. This is ALWAYS a good starting point.

I think I need to give a class.... :)
Do it! haha I'm specifically referring to the front forks. I read and hear that sub 30 mm rider sag is ideal for the track/racing. What makes you say 40 mm rider sag as the starting point?