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Here's SportRider's suggestions in the 600 shootout article:
FRONT:
spring preload- 4 lines showing
rebound dampin- 6 clicks out from full stiff
compression damping- full soft
fork tubes- 0mm w/stock tires
REAR:
spring preload- 30mm from top of spring to top of threads
rebound damping- 4 turn out from full stiff
compression damping- 4.5 turns out from full stiff

hope this helps, i haven't tinkered at all w/suspension b/c of school and work. 3 more weeks, then all the time in the world to play around with it![:p]

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I was wondering if anyone could help me with some suspension tips or advice? I've only had my bike for about 3 weeks (423km). I weight about 70kg and found the suspension really stiff and bumpy on the road so i adjusted everything on the front 2 clicks softer and one turn softer on the pre-load and the same on the back? Now when going through corners not fast but normal road speed the front end feels washy and not stable i thought 2 clicks softer wouldn't make heaps of difference or is it still to stiff causing the feeling? i don't think it's too soft when i sit on my bike their's no sag when i put my weight on the seat. Any one found any good settings for around my weight??
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Thanks heaps for the info, I'll keep u posted on how it feels hopefully a bit smoother my front compresion was set 2 clicks off full stiff so this should make a big difference?
 

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You should set the preload to proper sag before you start playing around with it imo...

Try 25mm-30mm sag both ends (you'll need a buddy to help you do this right...)

I don't think rebound is the problem on the rear to be honest, I think the compression comes set too stiff. I'm a lot heavier than you, so I won't even bother telling you my settings. But I think you'll want to back off the stiffness at the rear. I found the front was not too bad outta the crate, it's the rear end that's stiff I find, not the front.

"Keep yer feet on the pegs and your right hand cranked."
 

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Originally posted by dj dunzie

You should set the preload to proper sag before you start playing around with it imo...

Try 25mm-30mm sag both ends (you'll need a buddy to help you do this right...)

I don't think rebound is the problem on the rear to be honest, I think the compression comes set too stiff. I'm a lot heavier than you, so I won't even bother telling you my settings. But I think you'll want to back off the stiffness at the rear. I found the front was not too bad outta the crate, it's the rear end that's stiff I find, not the front.
Ok, I just happen to see this thread and had some questions also. Please forgive my stupidity! I'm about 170lb and think that the rear is a little stiff. The front feels fine. So, what do I need to adjust(what adjustment on the rear shock) to soften the rear end up a little?
 

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Check out this thread, and don't forget to read your manual...

/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=3239

If you still have questions, lemme know and I'll be more specific.

But basically if you understand the philosophy and terminology, the front spring preload adjuster and rebound damping adjusters are on top of the forks, and the compressions damping adjuster is on the bottom inside of the fork tubes. You'll adjust preload with a wrench, and compression and rebound with a screwdriver.

On the rear, the preload is obvious... on top, crank it down to increase. The compression damping adjuster is found just below and in front of the reservoir, and the rebound damping adjuster is on the bottom of the shock, to the side. Again, damping adjustments with a flat screwdriver.

You learn more by playing around than any other thing. My only tips you NEED to know are...

(1) Minor adjustments, test, minor adjustments, test... and
(2) Everything you set on the left side has to be matched on the right for the forks... don't set rebound at 4 clicks out on the right and 10 clicks out on the left... you'll be in for a nasty surprise...

Good luck and have fun. For pics, see your manual... it should have some.

"Keep yer feet on the pegs and your right hand cranked."
 
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