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Ok so let me get this straight, the higher the number the stiffer the damper and should be less road feel? because when I first got my bike I assumed it was at 18 since the owner who was the original owner of the bike said he never touched it and for me the ride was rough.

I reset it to 0 and went up to about 10 clicks and still it was rough but better when I had a rider on it with me.

I am 5" 11" 190lbs what would you guys recommend I start out at?
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I Have my suspension set about as good as can be with out spending major money for custom work. I changed the rear spring to stiffer progressive suspension brand for reg gl1800 On front I have traxxion suspension brand stiffer fork springs,spacers(not progressive rate springs like oe) and 50% thicker fork oil. I weigh 270 lb Had to run preload at FULL. Now best ride is preload at 0 The rear preload adjuster gives 10 mm of available change. Forks have 1 damper cartridge in rt leg only with no adjustment avail - Bike was under sprung and under damped from factory Spent little more than $200. parts- Did my own work
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Ok so let me get this straight, the higher the number the stiffer the damper and should be less road feel? because when I first got my bike I assumed it was at 18 since the owner who was the original owner of the bike said he never touched it and for me the ride was rough.

I reset it to 0 and went up to about 10 clicks and still it was rough but better when I had a rider on it with me.

I am 5" 11" 190lbs what would you guys recommend I start out at?
Stiffer means more road feel and less floating over every little bump, less sloppy feeling in the curves. The more agressively you ride, the stiffer you might want it. I'd guess 10 - 15 clicks for 190 lbs about right, depending on whether you want more comfort or more road feel, it's a trade-off. Put a passenger on the back, and crank if up another bunch of clicks depending on how big they are and again, comfort versus road feel. A passenger plus luggage for an overnight trip - crank it up more!
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Yeah I had it at 18 and seemed to rattle my head and I feel it is the same at 9 but with a rider at 9 it was fine.

Maybe it is the front end I am feeling? if so how would I fix that? the bike only has 5200 miles on it and no leaks.
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