How does a preload adjuster work?

How does a preload adjuster work?

How does a preload adjuster work?

Preload is used to adjust the shock or spring to the correct range of operation within the suspension’s travel-more preload will raise the bike up on its suspension, keeping you near the top of its travel. With less preload, the bike sits lower and closer to the bottom of its suspension travel.

What is a hydraulic preload adjuster?

A hydraulic preload adjuster can be fitted to the ‘DDS Lite’ shock absorber, allowing you to make an accurate adjustment to the spring preload without any need for tools.

How is shock preload measured?

How To Measure Preload: Preload is a measurement of how much a spring is compressed at full extension of the shock. Thread the upper spring adjuster down until it just touches the spring, you are now at 0″ of preload. Every inch you thread it down from there is 1″ of preload.

What is preload on a dirt bike?

Preload. This refers to how compressed the spring is when it’s at rest. In other words, preload is how much tension is always on the spring. More preload results in harsher suspension because the spring constantly wants to expand. Naturally, less preload makes for a softer ride.

Does preload affect stiffness?

The myth: Preload affects spring rates and handling characteristics. Why it’s wrong: The short answer is that preload won’t make a spring any stiffer, and it won’t make it any softer, but all you want to know is why you’ve been told the opposite.

Does adjusting preload change ride height?

The suspension may feel stiffer when preload is increased, but that’s because adding preload compresses the spring, so it takes more pressure to move the suspension any further. Adjusting preload simply determines the motorcycle’s ride height.

How does preload affect sag?

Preload adjusts sag (and so ride-height), not stiffness. However it can change stiffness in unexpected ways due to rebound springs and progressive linkage systems. Too much sag/too little preload will make the bike feel: harsh on bumps, twitchy (front) or slow turning (rear).